More than any other sport, preseason predictions in baseball are incredibly difficult to get right. Over the course of a 162-game regular season, anything can—and usually does—take place.
But those predictions sometimes help to set our expectations of both individual players and the teams that they play on.
Now, it's true that there's a lot of baseball yet to be played and that the standings at the end of the season are likely to look significantly different than they do right now. But after roughly one month of play, a number of squads that we pegged as contenders have looked like frauds, mediocre at best.
Here's a look at five teams that, so far, have failed to meet those expectations, forcing us to question what we were thinking a month ago.