The Sun's national baseball writer, Peter Schmuck, ranks the major leagues' 28 teams.
1. Atlanta Braves, 1, Three consecutive home runs twice in the same week, a 10-0 record on the road, a no-hit spot starter. What more do you want?
3. Baltimore Orioles, 6, Now that short relief situation is no longer a question mark, the Orioles are in position to put real heat on the Blue Jays.
6. Cincinnati Reds, 4, Marge is still smoking and so are the Reds.
8. Cleveland Indians, 7, The Indians are playing very well on the road, but they need to get comfortable in their new stadium to take control of the AL Central.
10. Oakland A's, 14, The A's may not have to step up in the AL West if everyone else keeps stepping down.
11. Houston Astros, 12, Pete Harnisch first victim of Baltimore Sun Extra Innings jinx, but Astros remain competitive in so-so NL Central.
12. New York Yankees, 11, Could get things moving with eight
games against Oakland, California and Seattle.
14. Kansas City Royals, 22, Already recovering from another tough start. Should move up with eight of next 10 games against Milwaukee and Detroit.
15. Philadelphia Phillies, 9, Reality already is setting in. There will be no title defense this year.
16. Seattle Mariners, 18, The Mariners are showing signs of life, but they need Randy Johnson to pull himself together.
ZTC 17. Colorado Rockies, 20, If Dante Bichette has become a legitimate 30-100 guy, the Rockies could turn second season into second-place finish.
18. California Angels, 23, Moving up in spite of pitching problems and a string of one-run losses.
19. Florida Marlins, 25, Marlins have been playing .500 ball, but figure to stumble against Reds and Braves this week.
20. Montreal Expos , 16, The Expos were supposed to be competitive this year, but should be looking at a double-figure divisional deficit this time next week.
21. Texas Rangers, 10, Whatever happened to the power Rangers?
22. Pittsburgh Pirates, 26, Respectable start, but weekend series
in Atlanta could be wake-down call.
23. Milwaukee Brewers, 13, Turner Ward will have to hit a home run every day for the Brewers to keep up torrid .500 pace.
24. Los Angeles Dodgers, 21, Tommy Lasorda said it best this week. "Everything's going fine except the standings."
25. Detroit Tigers, 24, Tigers offense is averaging only 4.9 runs a game with that pitching staff. Enough said.
26. Chicago Cubs, 19, The wind isn't the only thing blowing out at Wrigley Field, where Cubs are 0-8.
28. San Diego Padres, 28, Brad Pennington and Arthur Rhodes will enjoy Southern California climate.