1. Atlanta Braves – Justin Upton is on pace for the best season in his career and is on pace for well over 50 home runs.
2. San Francisco Giants – Barry Zito has been nearly unhittable at home, giving the back-end of the rotation a big boost.
3. Texas Rangers – Adrian Beltre is off to a slow start. Perhaps he misses some of the protection that Josh Hamilton provided him.
4. St. Louis Cardinals – The Cardinals walked into Washington and came out with an impressive sweep, even beating Stephen Strasburg in the process.
5. Boston Red Sox – It didn’t take long for Andrew Bailey to take over the closer job, but will he be able to stay healthy and hold onto it?
6. Detroit Tigers – Well that sure didn’t take long. After cutting bait after his playoff struggles, Jose Valverde is back with the Tigers as their closer.
7. Cincinnati Reds – After a slow start last season, Matt Latos sure looks like one of the top pitchers in the NL.
8. Baltimore Orioles – The Orioles finally lost an extra-inning game after winning 17 straight, and a game when leading after eight innings. O’s have now given away three straight Sunday games when going for the sweep.
9. Washington Nationals – It’s baseball season and Ryan Zimmerman is on the disabled list. What’s new?
10. New York Yankees – It’s amazing how the Yankees acquire washed-up players like Vernon Wells and Travis Hafner and suddenly they turn back the clock five years and make major contributions.
11. Oakland Athletics – Other than beating up on Houston, the Athletics really haven’t proven themselves against the better teams.
12. Kansas City Royals – Eric Hosmer’s bat is finally starting to heat up.
13. Los Angeles Dodgers – More bad news for the Dodgers, as Chad Billingsley is lost for the season and will undergo Tommy John surgery.
14. Tampa Bay Rays – David Price is off to a shaky start, but Alex Cobb certainly isn’t. Shout out to Matthew Berry for predicting big things for Cobb this year.
15. Arizona Diamondbacks – Something isn’t right with Brandon McCarthy, whether it’s physical or mental.
16. Colorado Rockies – The Rockies have cooled off, which was to be expected given their suspect starting pitching.
17. Los Angeles Angels – The Angels are showing signs of breaking out of their early season funk, but Albert Pujols is really hobbled by plantar fasciitis.
18. New York Mets – Matt Harvey sure is a lot of fun to watch on the mound. Can he keep this up?
19. Toronto Blue Jays – The defense can’t be this bad, can it? Toronto’s starting pitchers haven’t been very good so far, but the awful defense behind them is compounding the problems.
20. Milwaukee Brewers – Ryan Braun and the rest of the lineup has caught fire, and the Brewers are starting to turn it around.
21. Pittsburgh Pirates – The Pirates have a young, talented outfield, but will things ever click for Starling Marte and Travis Snider.
22. Philadelphia Phillies – If Roy Halladay can get his season turned around, the Phillies might be able to hang around in the wild card race.
23. Seattle Mariners – Dustin Ackley’s continued struggles have to be a major disappointment after he was so solid in his rookie season.
24. Chicago White Sox – It’s been a slow start for Paul Konerko, who needs to get going at some point for this offense to consistently put runs on the board.
25. Cleveland Indians – Asdrubal Cabrera and Jason Kipnis, two of the young building blocks of the organization, are off to brutal starts.
26. Chicago Cubs – Kevin Gregg picked up a save for the Cubs, which shows just how desperate they are at closer. That said, Carlos Marmol has been much better of late and will eventually get the job back.
27. Minnesota Twins – With all of the spring snow and cold weather, the Twins probably wish they were back in the outdated Metrodome.
28. San Diego Padres – Carlos Quentin is back from his suspension, but I doubt his return will help the woeful Padres.
29. Houston Astros – Thanks to Seattle’s recent struggles, the Astros actually have a glimmer of hope that they won’t be in the cellar for the entire season.
30. Miami Marlins – Giancarlo Stanton is really struggling, and who can blame him with the lack of talent around him.