MLB's Most Surprising Teams Thus Far

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MLB's Most Surprising Teams Thus Far
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Bryce Harper's recent injury is just one of many disappointments for the Washington Nationals this year.

Every MLB season, teams that look good on paper don't translate come game-time. 2013 is no exception. The state of the National League West is especially worthy of a head scratch, but the failed-super-team Toronto Blue Jays and the 2012 powerhouse-turned-disaster Washington Nationals can at least say they won something this year: biggest shock.  

What follows is a list of the teams whose performances up to this point are most likely to make even casual fans do a double-take when they look at the standings.

I used three criteria to rank the teams:

1. Initial spit-take factor (ratings go from 1-10, 10 being the highest)

2. Expert preseason picks

3. Offseason acquisitions (or lack thereof)

For a team to be included on the list, its record and place in the standings need to be generally baffling. Its performance (whether good or bad) thus far must both diverge sharply from the experts’ expectations as well as be incongruent with what its offseason appeared to behold for the following year.  

Here are the most surprising teams in baseball thus far, in ascending order.

 

Expert picks are from sportsillustrated.cnn.com, cbssports.com, and espn.com (subscription required).

Statistics accurate as of June 7.

All statistics are from Baseball-Reference.com.

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