First, allow me to make fans of teams off to a slow start feel a bit better about where things stand right now.
The 2012 Giants started 1-4 and were 4-6 through 10 games.
The 2011 Cardinals started 2-6.
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We all know how those teams ended up faring in October. So fans of the Blue Jays, Angels or any other team that entered the season with high expectations and is off to a sputtering start, settle down for a bit. Things aren't as bad as they may seem -- and they seem pretty damn bad for both of those teams.
But I'm a glass-half-full guy, so instead let's concentrate on the positive surprises early in the season. For the most part, fans of all 30 teams are excited when a season begins. And the following teams have made their fans awfully happy so far.
• How about those Mets? A 5-2 start (they're now 5-3) for a team pretty much everyone had slated for fourth place in the NL East. It's a pretty enjoyable team to watch, too.
• We all knew the AL East was wide open heading into the season, but I feel like the team most people felt was the worst heading into the season was the Red Sox. And here they are, atop the division at 5-2 and looking rather dominant at times.
• The Royals were an intriguing team heading into the season, but opened 0-2. Same old Royals, right? I'm not so sure. I've liked them all along and they've now won five of six and lead the AL Central.
• I wasn't alone in thinking the Rockies were going to be awful this season, even with a healthy Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez anchoring the offense. But they stormed out of the gates with a 5-1 start before their trip to San Francisco.
Anyway, back to throwing some positive feelings the way of the currently soured fan bases. The Astros started 3-1 last year. The Reds started 4-8. It's a marathon, people. And since we're at the start of the marathon, the comments below will all note something positive we've seen thus far, even if it's hard to find something.
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Remember, the rankings below aren't the standings. We have a standings page if that's your thing. These are a subjective rank of how I would order the best team to the worst team in baseball right now. The overriding criterion when deciding between two teams is which one I would predict to win a seven-game series starting today. Definitely feel free to disagree.
These were posted the morning of Wed., April 10. Any action coming after posting wasn't included here.