About one month into the 2013 MLB season, we're certainly deep enough to discuss the top "boom" and "bust" for each team. These are the quintessential overachievers and frustrating disappointments around baseball.
For this article, we were interested in players whose actual performances (through the games of May 2) don't match up with preseason expectations. Consider Cincinnati Reds starter Tony Cingrani. On the eve of the regular season, the baseball world was largely unaware of him; yet, he has served as an extraordinary placeholder for injured ace Johnny Cueto. That's a "boom" for sure.
It goes the other way, of course. The Los Angeles Angels believed Josh Hamilton would solidify the heart of their order and propel them to immediate success. However, the team stumbled throughout April, largely because he wasn't making solid contact.
Any players injured prior to Opening Day were spared from ridicule. Landing on the disabled list once the 162-game marathon got underway, meanwhile, did not excuse poor production.
So that there's no confusion, "booms" have been listed first in slide titles.
*Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise specified.