The White Sox might be the biggest surprise, since management appears to vacillate between keeping an old team together and rebuilding. The Sox won the World Series in 2005, but they have won one playoff game since then and attendance has fallen from 3 million to 2 million. But pitching wins, and the White Sox are the only AL team in the top three in earned-run average for starters and relievers.
The Angels would be the biggest disappointment. They were the trendy pick to dethrone the
Orioles and Angels
The biggest disappointment has to be the Angels. By season's end, Albert Pujols' numbers will be where they're supposed to be, but 16 games without a homer, plus a .246/.300/.354 slash line, is unnerving. Compounding the problem is that the Rangers look invincible. The Angels' problems aren't all Pujols' fault; their starters entered the week with a pedestrian 4.10 ERA.
The biggest surprise might be the Nationals, who jumped to a 12-4 start and could leave the rest of the National League East in the dust when they get first baseman Mike Morse and closer
Biggest disappointment is a tie between the Angels and Red Sox. I have no doubt the Angels will figure it out and turn around their season, maybe competing for an AL wild card. But Boston is a mess. The Red Sox have some significant injuries and issues to deal with. This just might be a lost season for them under Bobby Valentine.
You don't lose Albert Pujols,
But the Cardinals did and they are winning, thanks in part to
The Angels have been the biggest flop out of the gate, thanks in part to Pujols, who had a .654 OPS (70th in the AL among qualifiers) and no home runs through Sunday. It's early, but they'll regret spotting the Rangers a seven-game cushion.