1. Detroit Tigers: The Tigers are red hot with a 4-0 record and show no signs of slowing down. With a rotation anchored by a CY Young and MVP in Justin Verlander, the Tigers will win at least 1 in 5 games. After that, the strong bats of Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder will continue to bring on dramatic wins. After two walk off wins and a blowout of the Red Sox, the fans in Comerica Park were all smiles for their Detroit faithful. As long as Doug Fister and Rick Porcello can keep the Tigers in games, Cabrera, Fielder, and the rest of the role players will find ways to win games.
2. Texas Rangers: The only game they’ve lost this year was with Japanese phenom Yu Darvish on the bump. After showing early inning jitters, Darvish settled down and pitched a decent game at best. But, it really didn’t matter. With the insane power that the Rangers lineup possess and the friendly confines of Arlington just asking for homers to be hit, it looks like nothing can stop this potent lineup. Josh Hamilton and Ian Kinsler are both healthy and off to a great start. Newly Converted Neftali Feliz from closer to starter pitched lights out tonight going seven shutout innings before handing the ball over to once great closer Joe Nathan who shut the door. The Rangers are nasty and a favorite early on to represent the AL in the World Series.
3. St. Louis Cardinals: Say what you want about losing Albert Pujols, but the record speaks for itself. With a hot 5-1 start to the season, Carlos Beltran has Cardinals fans saying Puj-who? Matt Holiday has delivered in the three hole where Pujols used to bat and David Freese continues exactly where he left off in last years playoffs. These Red Birds are getting solid innings out of Lance Lynn and Jake Westbrook as Chris Carpenter still nurses injury. Still the favorites in the NL; Manager and former catcher Mike Matheny has the Cardinals playing smart and winning baseball.
4. Tampa Bay Rays: This years Rays are off to a 3-1 start thanks in large part to the strong bat of Evan Longoria who vowed this year to improve from his numbers last year. After a dismal season in 2011, pitchers can’t seem to find a way to get Longoria out this season. He has an OBP of .692 and an .AVG of .600. Along with Longoria, fans and scouts are excited for the young sensation of Matt Moore. He has a deadly fastball that will continue to make hitters whiff. Along with Moore, the Rays boast arguably the best rotation in baseball with Price, Shields and Hellickson. When BJ Upton comes back from the DL, the lineup will be complete and the Rays will be a tough series for any team.
5. New York Mets: The underdog Mets are finding ways to win Baseball games in the 2012 season. Many scouts doubted the Mets and projected them to finish last in the NL East, but with a 4-1 record Manager Terry Collins is doing everything he can to prove those experts wrong. After a thrilling walkoff win on Monday, this cast of mist fit players and banged up veterans put together an actually impressive lineup. Lucas Duda is taking full advantage of the moved in fences at Citi Field as he already has two homers this season. The Mets need to avoid the injury bug, but can’t seem to hide from it early on this season. Starting centerfielder Andres Torres tore his ACL in the first game of the season and now David Wright has a broken pinky finger. If the Mets can stay healthy, they can surprise more than a few teams and potentially make a run in the playoffs.