After 37 games, the Oakland A's sit in second place in the American League West with a 19-18 record.
Many pundits had them picked to finish dead last and lose upwards of 100 games in 2012.
It appears those predictions may be well off the mark. It has been a good opening stretch for the club, especially considering the A's have been playing with key members of their lineup struggling, injured or both. Manny Ramirez will not play for another two weeks, and both Brett Anderson and Dallas Braden have not pitched a single inning.
Here are some of the pros and cons of this season so far.