For Pablo Sandoval and the defending World Series champions, the midseason evaluation is anything but auspicious.
Whether you were a "straight A" student or a high school dropout in the making—if you had to look up the meaning of "auspicious" in the previous sentence, it's safe to assume which of those camps you reside in—there were few days in your formative years that were more nerve-wracking than the ones in which you got your midterm report card.
If your grades were lower than expected, your parents were disappointed. If your grades were better than expected, then that became the new level of expectation. It was a vicious cycle that no child could possibly escape.
Following in that line of thought, I ask the following question:
I've assigned a mathematically unbiased letter grade to every team's first half of the season following the criteria on the ensuing slide.
No promises will be made on whether the commentary on the rest of the slides is equally impartial.
*All statistics are courtesy of FanGraphs.com and ESPN.com and are accurate through the start of play on Sunday, July 7.