Many questions surrounded the Tampa Bay Rays when this season began. Would the bullpen be a liability? Who would replace stars Carl Crawford and Carlos Pena? What players would step up or re-emerge?
So nearly three months into a whirlwind season, the Rays have had their share of surprises this season, whether it be their near-devastating 1-8 start, their surge to first place in the AL East or their fall back to third.
There have also been a few surprises players for the Rays, whether it be the revival of an ace-caliber pitcher, the emergence of young outfielder or the replacements of free agent losses.
Here are the top five surprises for Tampa Bay so far in the 2011 season.