Top 10 Biggest Surprises of 2013 MLB Season
10 Biggest MLB Surprises So Far
Baseball is full of surprises, and the 2013 season is no different. Whether it's the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox running the AL East or the Texas Rangers leading the AL West despite losing some top talent, the game of baseball has been quite the eye-opener this year.
Just one-third of the way through the season so far, there are many impressive feats that have happened this season.
First of all, Miguel Cabrera's dominance hasn't really been a surprise, but the extent of his dominance might be. He achieved the ever-rare Triple Crown last season and is on pace to do so once again this season. His 15 home runs is good for second in the league while his 59 RBIs and .369 average lead the majors.
Winning the Triple Crown for the second-straight season would make him the first player to ever accomplish such a thing. Oh, and he's way ahead of the pace he set at this point last year.
He's not the only guy making headlines through 50 games or so. The Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers have both been surprising this season as well -- for all the wrong reasons.
Both teams have been in the headlines because of their mediocre play with stacked lineups. They had both added key pieces this offseason that should have instantly made them contenders, however, the opposite has happened thus far.
While they are in the headlines for negative reasons, there are many teams and players that have been making headlines for all the right reasons.
In fact, here are the top 10 surprises in MLB so far in 2013.
10. Texas Rangers
The Texas Rangers are in one of the toughest divisions in baseball, but they are still flourishing. They have a three-game lead over the Oakland Athletics. That's not the surprising part -- they are doing it all without some key pieces from a year ago, including Josh Hamilton.
9. Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
Paul Goldschmidt is an early0season favorite to win the NL MVP award, and deservedly so. The 25-year-old slugger is hitting .337 with 12 homers and 41 RBIs.
8. Evan Gattis, Atlanta Braves
Evan Gattis is the rookie sensation that is sweeping the nation. The 26-year-old has come made it from rags to riches. His story is inspiring and his play is tremendous.
7. Jeff Samardzija, Chicago Cubs
The Chicago Cubs are one of the worst teams in the league, but Jeff Samardzija and the rest of the starting pitchers have been magnificent. Samardzija has a sparkling 2.85 ERA with 80 strikeouts -- a sign of things to come?
6. Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles
Chris Davis has stepped up his game big time in 2013. His 19 home runs leads the major leagues, and his .353 average is nearly 100 points more than his career average. He has quickly turned into one of the league's best young players.
5. Jean Segura, Milwaukee Brewers
The Milwaukee Brewers have been very lucky to be graced with the presence of Jean Segura. The 23-year-old shortstop has shown power as well as great defense. He has been one of the league's biggest surprises, and hitting .353 will keep him in this league for a long time.
4. Jason Grilli, Pittsburgh Pirates
Jason Grilli has gone from a forgotten reliever to one of the best closers in the game today. Call it a fluke or call it whatever you want, but the guy is 22-for-22 in saves and has a 1.09 ERA -- pretty impressive.
3. Shelby Miller, St. Louis Cardinals
Shelby Miller may very well win the NL Rookie of the Year Award. The guy has been spectacular for the best team in the league -- the St. Louis Cardinals. Miller has a 2.02 ERA with a .201 batting average against. He is tough to hit.
2. New York Yankees
The fact that the depleted New York Yankees are in second-place in the tough AL East is impressive. They have seen Curtis Granderson, Andy Pettite, Mark Texiera, Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and Kevin Youkilis suffer injuries that landed them on the DL, yet they are still seven games over .500. This team is full of fight.
1. Boston Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox tore it all down to rebuild the franchise in the offseason. It would seem as if this team would suffer with a new manager and new pieces, but the opposite has happened and the Sox are the best team in the American League. They have pulled off the unthinkable.