This has been an exciting first month of the season to say the least. Surprises: the Brewers with the best record in baseball, Josh Hamilton’s comeback, the return of the Braves led by Tim Hudson, ARod is absolutely killing the ball, Josh Beckett’s rediscovered poise, John Maine, and the Marlins’ offense. Disappointments include: Philly’s start, the Yankees’ rotation, the Marlins’ rotation, Jorge Julio, Ryan Howard, Carlos Delgado, the Cardinals, and Bud Selig’s handling of the Barry Bonds situation. It will be interesting to see if Roger Clemens has a significant impact, he should be back by June.
1. Boston: Probably couldn’t afford Clemens, but would have been stupid to sign him. Curt Schilling needs to shut his pie hole for once and stop being a distraction to the team. Who asked him for his opinion?
2. Cleveland: Too bad I will be in Europe when the Indians come to South Florida. I really wanted to see Grady Sizemore and Travis Hafner.
3. Detroit: 8 game winning streak says it all.
5. NY Mets: John Maine’s emergence has been a pleasant surprise for this pitching thin team. They might actually have a decent rotation for the playoffs if Pedro is effective when he comes back.
6. Atlanta: Jarrod Saltalamaccia could be the next great player out of the Braves’ farm system.
7. LA Dodgers: Brad Penny is holding the fort down in a big way. Schmidt and Penny are one of the best 1-2 pitching combos in baseball.
8. SD: Jake Peavy’s performance against the Marlins on Sunday was incredible.
9. LA Angels: A 70 win team without Guerrero. A 75 win team with a balanced schedule.
10. NY Yankees: Roger Clemens gives them hope after an abysmal start, but will only make the playoffs if Boston, Detroit, or Cleveland absolutely collapse… not very likely.
11. Arizona: Shouldn’t be in fourth place for long, SF is bound to fall soon.
12. Minnesota: Maurer going to the DL probably killed their chances.
13. SF: An ancient lineup, a tough division, and distractions from Barry’s home run chase should soon all add up to overwhelm this overachieving team. Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, and Barry Zito is a solid foundation to build upon in the coming seasons.
14. FL: Despite striking out more often than any other team Florida’s offense is keeping the team alive in the NL East. This team could potentially become this year’s Twins if the rotation issues work out.
15. Cubbies: One of the most unexpected turnarounds of the decade. Probably just an anomaly, remember who we are talking about.
16. The Other Team in Chicago: They just play in the wrong division.
17. A’s: Nick Swisher is back, but Chavez needs to step it up.
18. Phoneys: Freddy Garcia looks exactly like the Rock.
19. Mariners: How this team is above .500 with King Felix on the DL and Jeff Weaver’s vomitous stats is beyond me.
20. Pittsburgh: This team would certainly be a competitor if it can manage to sign an ace and a star bat or two this off season.
21. TB: Signing B.J. Upton to my fantasy team turned out to be a very smart move.
22. Houston: That was one painful weekend for Houston sports.
23. Cincy: Adam Dunn is a home run hitting machine.
24. Toronto: 6 game losing streak was pathetic.
25. Colorado: Could be above .500 if they were in the NL Central.
26. Texas: What happened to Texiera’s power?
27. Baltimore: the AL East should change its name to Missed Opportunities and the Red Sox.
28. St. Louis: Could become only the second team in history to win the World Series than lose 100 games.
29. KC: Probably would have a better record if they played in a weaker division, but make no mistake, they truly suck.
30. DC: That new ballpark couldn’t come soon enough.