Florida is on fire out of the gates, winning 11 of its first 12 games. (Granted, six of those wins have come against the lowly Nationals.) The youthful Marlins have flourished behind a stellar pitching staff, headlined by a healthy Josh Johnson.
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Blue Jays sitting atop the mighty AL East
For all of the attention paid to the American League East in the preseason, Toronto never received much ink. The Blue Jays entered the season with a number of question marks -- most notably the starting rotation -- leading many to believe they'd hold up the rear in the division race. But Toronto has jumped out to a 10-4 start -- tops in the American League.
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Phillies and Rays below .500
Philadelphia and (especially) Tampa Bay surprised many by reaching the World Series last season, but neither team has begun its League title defense in favorable fashion. The Rays sit in the AL East cellar with a 5-8 mark, while the Phillies (5-6) lead just the Nationals in the NL East.
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Mariners and Padres far above .500
Seattle (61-101) and San Diego (63-99) were two of the worst teams in baseball in 2008, and nobody expected much more this season. But the Mariners lead the AL West with an 8-5 record, and the Padres are one game back of the division-leading Dodgers at 9-4.
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Zack Greinke is nearly unhittable
It's been almost seven years since Greinke was selected as the No. 6 overall pick, and it looks like he's ready to fully realize his potential with a 3-0 start. The Royals' ace has yet to allow a single run, thanks in large part to a 25-to-5 strikeout-to-walk rate.
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Forget about Trevor Hoffman
The Padres allowed the all-time saves leader and franchise face to leave via free agency in the offseason, handing the closing duties to Heath Bell. Bell leads the majors with seven saves and hasn't allowed a run. Meanwhile, Hoffman has yet to pitch in a game, opening the season on the DL with a strained right oblique.
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Chien-Ming Wang's implosion
Wang entered this season with a career record of 54-20 to go along with a solid 3.79 ERA, but Wang has been absolutely lambasted in his first three starts of 2009. The Yankees right-hander is 0-3 with an astronomical 34.50 ERA, having allowed 23 earned runs in just six innings pitched.
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Geovany Soto, Alexei Ramirez and Jay Bruce burst on the scene as rookies in 2008, leading to high expectations for this season. So far, this certainly hasn't been the case. Soto, the reigning NL Rookie of the Year, is hitting .105 with one RBI, while Ramirez (.125) and Bruce (.176) are also struggling mightily at the plate.
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J-Roll ain't rollin'
Jimmy Rollins struggled with injury last season -- this season he's just struggling. The 2007 NL MVP is batting .152, hasn't stolen a single base and started Sunday's game on the bench.
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Where's the Brewers' beef?
With CC Sabathia and Ben Sheets gone, the Brewers entered this season knowing they'd have to rely even more on their young sluggers. Unfortunately, Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder have hit just one home run apiece, and J.J. Hardy's hitting .114.
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