Top 5 Tuesday: Surprising MLB Teams So Far

For good or bad, these teams are standing out in the early going.

James LeBeauby James LeBeau

Cleveland Indians (12-4)

The Cleveland Indians are coming off of back to back 90 loss seasons and not much was expected out of them this season. Cleveland, however, has had a different agenda so far this season and that is win. The Indians are tied for the best record in baseball and they are doing it through an offense that has outscored its opponents by 33 runs. If their bats don't dry up, they can expect to be atop the AL Central when the dust settles this fall.

Boston Red Sox (5-10)

Easily the most surprising team in baseball this season, the Boston RedSox has turned their big contracts into a mediocre start this season. With the amount of cash Boston is slinging around, you'd expect them to be atop the AL East, or even in contention, but they are sitting dead last in their division. The good news is that they won three straight and that they have nowhere to go but up.

Pittsburgh Pirates (8-8)

Pittsburgh Pirates, road warriors? As crazy as that sounds, that's what the Pirates have been this year. With a 7-3 road record as opposed to 1-5 at home, Pittsburgh is doing its damage away from the friendly confines of PNC Park. If these Buco's can figure out how to win a few more of those hime games along with keeping that away mojo going, they could be entertaining thoughts of their first winning season since 1992.

Colorado Rockies (12-4)

The Colorado Rockies are atop the NL with a surprising 12-4 record through the early going. They have got spectacular play from short stop Troy Tulowitaki who is lighting it up in the early going with 7 home runs, 14 RBI's and a scintillating .345 batting average. Throw in the superb pitching of Jhoulys  Chacin and Esmil Rodgers and the Rockies have the look of a team that will stick around the leader boards for months to come.  

New York Mets (5-11)

The good news for the Mets is that they snapped a 7 game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Braves on Sunday. The bad news is that the losing streak was 2 more games than they have wins for the season. Nobody expected the Mets to have a stellar season but their 5-11 record is the third-worst start in franchise history and a far cry from what they could do with the amount of talent they are fielding. When your team has 'New York' on it, good things are expected. So far, this New York team is disappointing fans across the nation.

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