The Most Surprising Team in Each MLB Division Thus Far

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The Most Surprising Team in Each MLB Division Thus Far
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Baseball writers, fans and analysts love to use the term "small sample size" to discount the first few weeks of a long, grinding 162-game regular season.

In theory, the concept is sound: Too much is made over 10 games in April; not enough is made over that same type of stretch in June or July.

Of course, that doesn't mean surprises and trends won't develop while we're waiting for the season to provide us with a solid sample size to properly analyze.

The old adage, "You can't win pennants in April and May, but you certainly can lose them," has been repeated for years.

Last April, the struggles of the Los Angeles Angels (8-15) and Boston Red Sox (11-11) were dismissed as nothing more than good teams going through rough stretches. Months later, that turned out to be true about the Angels, but the slow start cost them a trip to October. Boston, however, turned out to be a bad team.

On the opposite end of the spectrum lied the upstart Baltimore Orioles. At 14-9 through April, they stood just one game out of first place in the AL East and in a wild card position in the American League standings. Five months later, they were in the exact same position.

Here are the surprising teams, both good and bad, in each Major League Baseball division thus far. Keep an eye on them as the season progresses.

All records and run differentials as of the completion of games on April 10.

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