We're almost one-fifth of the way into the season. Reality is starting to set in. That sketchy left-hander with the career 5.32 ERA is not going to bust out his career year and win 20 for you. But there have been surprises, both good and bad. Here's a team-by-team look at items of note throughout the league.
Salt Lake City Trappers: Huge turnaround (so far, at least) for the Trappers, who are in the thick of it in the anyone-can-win NL West. Scoring up 16% form last year behind Trenidad Cruz (.297/11/26) and B.J. Dunwoody (.382/5/20). Revamped staff has a 4.19 ERA vs. last year's 5.53.
Salem Witch Hunters: Just tied the Cardinals with an 8-2 run despite some slow starts: Brewington .248 BA & Posada 1-2, 4.44 ERA.
Rochester EliteDucks: Surprise leaders? Not really...won 87+ 9 of last 11 years. Josh Garcia .291/8/18.
Pittsburgh Ellis D's: Turnaround starting? Season 28's #1 pick (13 overall) Danys De La Vega, just called up.