Baseball fans often have short memories. Long-term success, track records of mediocrity or recent failures are part of every offseason narrative, but April statistics and a poor game or two on national television can quickly change the tenor around a team or player.
For fanatics of the sport, overreacting to the day-to-day results of a 162-game season is natural, yet confounding. After all, baseball is often billed as a marathon. When watching a 26.2-mile race, it would be foolish to overreact to every step a runner took.
At this point of the 2014 MLB season, overreacting is akin to denouncing a marathon runner about two miles out of the starting block. The race has begun, but the finish line is a long, long way from now.
Despite the numbers surrounding the following players and teams, take a deep breath and let the season play out. Your eyes may not be fooling you, but it's much wiser to trust track record and projections than results this early in a season.
Statistics—valid through the end of play April 15—courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs, unless otherwise noted. All contract figures courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts. Roster projections via MLB Depth Charts.