Most of the teams we expected to be at the top or bottom of their divisions are right where we thought they’d be. But every single year, teams — and even individual players — always find a way to surprise us. Sometimes, that involves a team getting off to a great start and taking a division lead, or even fighting for a wild-card berth. Other times, it’s because an annual contender falls flat on its face.
These are the biggest biggest surprise teams of the 2017 MLB season (so far), ranked from least to most shocking.
7. San Francisco Giants
Nobody expected the San Francisco Giants to make it to the All-Star break with only 27 innings pitched from their ace, Madison Bumgarner. But in reality, the problems for the Giants go beyond just one injury. At 34-56, even having Bumgarner won’t turn around this disappointing season.
Closer Mark Melancon, signed as a free agent to solidify San Francisco’s leaky ninth-inning problem, has only made 22 appearances due to a strained pitching elbow. Brandon Crawford has had an uncharacteristically poor season, as has outfielder Hunter Pence. Really, everything that could go wrong for the Giants has happened. Considering that they were expected to contend in the NL West, sitting in last place is a pretty big surprise for this team.