Matt Harvey? Really? Through seven starts this season, the Mets' righty is 4-0 and has been making fans in Queens, N.Y. forget about that knuckleballer who won last year's NL Cy Young award.
We're in the second month of the season and Harvey currently leads the majors in WHIP, he's in the top three in ERA and strikeouts, and he even flirted with perfection on Tuesday night against the White Sox. Harvey allowed just one hit over nine innings while striking out 12. The Mets went on to win 1-0 in the 10th.
While Harvey has been out-dueling the likes of Stephen Strasburg and Roy Halladay, the catcher he has been throwing to, John Buck, has provided the offense for the Mets. Yes, John Buck.
Buck has started off hot. Josh Hamilton has started off cold. Mark Reynolds leads the American League in home runs. While Justin Upton is dominating, his brother is batting well below .200.
Needless to say, there have been plenty of surprises so far this season, both good and bad. But it's only May. So just in case some of these early season surprises don't last long, take a look at some players who have burst onto the scene and others who have disappointed early on.
Matt Harvey, New York Mets
The 24-year-old quickly became one of the most effective starters in the early on in the season. Harvey has the best WHIP in the majors and is 2nd in the NL in strikeouts. He has yet to record a loss and has even out-dueled Washington's Stephen Strasburg. Stats as of May 8th: 4-0 1.28 ERA 58 SO 12 BB 0.69 WHIP
Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles
Chris Davis opened 2013 with a home run in each of the first four games of the Orioles' season, making him <a href="http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/04/05/chris-davis-becomes-fourth-player-in-mlb-history-to-homer-in-first-four-games-of-season/" target="_blank">the fourth player in MLB history</a> to accomplish the feat. He leads the O's in RBI and leads the AL in slugging percentage. Stats as of May 8th: 34 Hits 9 HR 30 RBI .318 AVG
Josh Hamilton, Los Angeles Angels
The Angels' new slugger hasn't provided much power, only recording nine RBIs and leading the team with 40 strikeouts. Hamilton's batting average remains <a href="http://espn.go.com/mlb/team/stats/batting/_/name/laa/cat/atBats/los-angeles-angels" target="_blank">the lowest among all Angels starters</a>. Stats as of May 8th: 26 Hits 9 RBI 2 HR .202 AVG
John Buck, New York Mets
New York's newest backstop has fit in just fine in Queens. Buck is currently tied for the NL lead in RBIs with 29 and ranks second in the NL in homers with 10. Stats as of May 8th: 25 Hits 10 HR 29 RBI .245 AVG
B.J. Upton, Atlanta Braves
While Justin Upton is dominating for Atlanta, his older brother B.J. has struggled mightily at the plate and has <a href="http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/gamelog/_/id/5970/bj-upton" target="_blank">yet to reach a .200 batting average</a> this season. Stats as of May 8th: 17 Hits 5 RBI 3 HR .153 AVG
Torii Hunter, Detroit Tigers
Hunter currently ranks third in the AL in batting average and leads the Tigers in doubles -- a dangerous combo with a roster that already includes Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. Stats as of May 8th: 43 Hits 16 RBI 1 HR .361 AVG
Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies
Halladay has struggled to return to vintage form in 2013. The right-hander has allowed 24 runs in his first seven outings and was recently placed on the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/07/roy-halladay-dl-phillies-shoulder_n_3232607.html" target="_blank">Phillies' 15-day disabled list</a> with a shoulder injury. Stats as of May 8th: 2-4 8.65 ERA 35 SO 17 BB
Mark Reynolds, Cleveland Indians
Since leaving Baltimore for Cleveland, Reynolds has been wielding a hot bat. The 29-year-old <a href="http://espn.go.com/mlb/team/stats/batting/_/name/cle/cat/hits/cleveland-indians" target="_blank">currently leads the AL</a> in home runs and ranks third on the team in hits. Stats as of May 8th: 30 Hits 27 RBI 10 HR .291 AVG
Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves
Heyward was only batting .121 before being placed on the 15-day DL due to a sudden <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/23/jason-heyward-appendectomy-braves_n_3137848.html" target="_blank">appendectomy. </a> Stats as of May 8th: 7 Hits 5 RBI 2 HR .121 AVG
Jed Lowrie, Oakland Athletics
Lowrie has been hot in Oakland. The shortstop ranks fourth in the MLB with 11 doubles while collecting just 20 strikeouts in 122 at-bats. He also leads the Athletics in batting average. Stats as of May 8th: 37 Hits 15 RBI 3 HR .303 AVG
Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers
Matt Kemp had a slow start to the season but has improved over the last few weeks. He still has only one home run so far and leads the Dodgers with 32 strikeouts. Stats as of May 8th: 33 Hits 14 RBI 1 HR .273 AVG