All together now: It’s only been a week. If the baseball season were a marathon, we’d barely have broken a sweat. So while it’s tempting to draw sweeping conclusions, it’s mostly folly.

Still, we just can’t help ourselves. It may be early, but a handful of teams have already bucked expectations and turned heads—for better or worse.

We’re talking about projected basement-dwellers who have charged out of the gate, and presumed contenders who have stumbled, often due to injuries. 

Again, it’s April. Scalding starts can cool in the heat of summer and no one is out of the race yet.

As long as we’re here, though, let’s run through some expectation-changing squads, assess their positions one week into this crazy marathon and guess whether or not they’ll carry their current fortunes across the finish line.

Ready, set, go!

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