Major League Baseball Top Eight Disappointments: Numbers Eight Thru Six

nick bowenCorrespondent IJune 30, 2008

During this baseball season we've seen many surprises, as well as many disappointments.

But which surprises and disappointments are the biggest? Over the course of the next week, I will rate the top eight surprises and the top eight disappointments.

Today, I am ranking disappointments eight thru six.

8) Seattle Mariners (31-50).

Talk about disappointments! A surprise team last year, the M's not only have the worst record in the majors, but big-name guys who are supposed to perform at high levels are not producing at all. Some of these names include Ichiro, Erik Bedard (the man they spent big bucks on in the winter), Felix Hernandez, and Richie Sexson.

7) Atlanta Braves (40-43).

A team that won 84 games last year was a trendy pick to win the NL East. Think again. While the Braves do have talent, injuries have hurt their chances of competing. 

Star veterans John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, and Chipper Jones are all currently recovering from injuries. Once all these players come back, don't be surprised if the Braves leave my list of disappointments.

6) Arizona Diamondbacks (41-41).

After exceeding expectations early in the season (Arizona started the season winning 21 of their first 30) the Diamonbacks have fallen back to .500. With one of the best pitching staffs in the league, it's very surprising that this team is performing this poorly.

Brandon Webb has been the lone bright spot, but even he has looked as hittable as can be in his last eight starts. Star off-season acquisition Dan Haren has also underperformed.

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