A week into the season, almost nothing means anything.
There are, however, signs of optimism. It's spring. And there are issues. It's Houston.
Records, such as they are, are through Monday.
AL East Toronto Blue Jays (5-2) Hey, cool: Good health and two strong starts by are reassuring, but considering Shaun Marcum (notes) contract still has five years and $98.5 million left, five home runs and nine RBI in his first seven games were the best developments of the week. Vernon Wells' (notes) Uh-oh: Alex Anthopoulos will have no luck getting out from under the last few dollars of contract if Overbay is going to keep hitting .077. Lyle Overbay's (notes) New York Yankees (4-2) Hey, cool: start – .294 batting average, four runs, three steals – allay some of the fears Joe Girardi wouldn't have much in left field. Brett Gardner's (notes) Uh-oh: who didn't take to New York his last time through (nor it to him), was hammered by the Rays in his return start. He gets the ball again Sunday against the Angels at the Stadium. Javier Vazquez (notes), Boston Red Sox (3-4) Hey, cool: They did what they had to and replaced Nation favorite with Mike Lowell (notes) who has made every play and batted .375. Adrian Beltre (notes), Uh-oh: So far, has lashed out at media and an umpire. His batting average didn't clear .200 until mid-June last season. This one, he's struck out 11 times in 22 at-bats. David Ortiz (notes) Tampa Bay Rays (4-3) Hey, cool: All of parts are still attached after getting winged in the shoulder by a liner in his first start. He'll make his scheduled start Tuesday in Baltimore. Jeff Niemann's (notes) Uh-oh: batting .200 Pat Burrell (notes), after two hits Sunday and another Monday, is once again looking like an offensive albatross. Baltimore Orioles (1-6) Hey, cool: The O's are sitting on one win, but here comes After finishing '09 with a .333 September/October, he's batting .400. Matt Wieters (notes). Uh-oh: Closer Mike Gonzalez has blown two saves and has a 4.500 WHIP. AL Central Detroit Tigers (5-2) Hey, cool: At this pace, should lap his '09 production numbers – nine homers, 50 RBI – by the time the kids get out of school. Oh, and he's hitting .387. Magglio Ordonez (notes) Uh-oh: Lobbed the Royals and Indians in his first two starts, is winless and lugging a 9.00 ERA. Justin Verlander (notes) Minnesota Twins (6-2) Hey, cool: Five wins over seven days in Anaheim and Chicago was the perfect way to come off the road and open Target Field. Having for the moment secured the ninth inning – has five saves – is even better. Jon Rauch (notes) Uh-oh: Doesn't look like third base is going to do them any favors again this season – is batting .190, Nick Punto (notes) .111. Brendan Harris (notes) Chicago White Sox (3-4) Hey, cool: The rotation generally looks as good as advertised. Only lacked a quality start one time through and, after two starts, still lacks one. Jake Peavy (notes) Uh-oh: .138, Juan Pierre (notes) .214, Mark Kotsay (notes) .250, Alex Rios (notes) .211, Mark Teahen (notes) .154. Alexei Ramirez (notes) Cleveland Indians (2-5) Hey, cool: Decent starts by and Justin Masterson (notes) give the rotation hope. David Huff (notes) Uh-oh: who missed more than 50 games last season, could not play Sunday or Monday because of back soreness. Grady Sizemore (notes), Kansas City Royals (3-4) Hey, cool: showed up ready to play, batting .333 and driving in six runs. Rick Ankiel (notes) Uh-oh: The pitching staff – outside a few – didn't show up, having allowed at least seven runs in four of seven games. AL West Oakland A's (6-2) Hey, cool: Another young arm by the Bay: who is 22 and never pitched above Double-A, has allowed a run over 5 1/3 innings against M's and Angels. Tyson Ross (notes), Uh-oh: Still at the same address: Forbes ranks the A's 29th in franchise value. Texas Rangers (4-3) Hey, cool: Yup, Vlad still loves hitting in Texas. He's batting .464. Uh-oh: Granted center field, has one hit and no walks in 25 plate appearances. Julio Borbon (notes) Los Angeles Angels (2-5) Hey, cool: The Vlad thing could look bad, but has been their best hitter and even played a game in left field without his knees bursting into flames. Hideki Matsui (notes) Uh-oh: For all the early bullpen issues, the one player they needed to start well was He's batting .053. Brandon Wood (notes). Seattle Mariners (2-6) Hey, cool: isn't just the best defensive center fielder in the game. For the moment, he's one of the better offensive ones too. Franklin Gutierrez (notes) Uh-oh: hits: 1. Milton Bradley fan flip-offs: 1. Milton Bradley (notes) NL East Philadelphia Phillies (6-1) Hey, cool: .391, Jimmy Rollins (notes) .484, Placido Polanco (notes) .346, Chase Utley (notes) .375 (and 11 RBI), Ryan Howard (notes) .357. Jayson Werth (notes) Uh-oh: They can't play the Nats and Astros forever, can they? Florida Marlins (4-3) Hey, cool: It's a start – goes five strong against the Mets. Nate Robertson (notes) Uh-oh: in his first week as a sophomore, hits .152 and strikes out in nearly a third of his at-bats. Chris Coghlan (notes), Atlanta Braves (3-4) Hey, cool: It's been untidy at times (10 K's in 26 at-bats) but has three home runs, nine RBI and a .387 OBP. Jason Heyward (notes) Uh-oh: They'll need production out of He's batting .231 and slugging … .231. Troy Glaus (notes). Washington Nationals (3-4) Hey, cool: They're, uh, 3-4. Uh-oh: They going to have to play someone other than the Mets. New York Mets (2-4) Hey, cool: hit a home run in his first at-bat of the season at Citi Field. David Wright (notes) Uh-oh: He has one extra-base hit since. NL Central St. Louis Cardinals (5-2) Hey, cool: After a second-half fade in his rookie season (.216), comes out hot: .294 batting, 1.244 OPS. Colby Rasmus (notes) Uh-oh: In starts against the Reds and Brewers, allows five home runs and nine runs total in 11 innings. Chris Carpenter (notes) Cincinnati Reds (4-3) Hey, cool: not only allowed a solitary run in his professional debut but also recorded two hits. Mike Leake (notes) Uh-oh: Leake has as many hits as does. Jonny Gomes (notes) Milwaukee Brewers (3-4) Hey, cool: Two crucial parts of the offense, (.348) and Rickie Weeks (notes) (.357), look like they might help Corey Hart (notes) and Prince Fielder (notes) Ryan Braun. Uh-oh: In the National League, only the Pirates' starting pitchers have allowed more runs than the Brewers' starters. Pittsburgh Pirates (3-4) Hey, cool: The running game is working – the Pirates have stolen eight bases and haven't been caught. Uh-oh: In an eerie coincidence, the Pirates' ERA (7.47) through six games matched the model of airplane (747) they flew out of Phoenix for a three-game series against the Giants. Chicago Cubs (3-4) Hey, cool: After the opening-day debacle in Atlanta, gets out of the second inning in Cincinnati. Carlos Zambrano (notes) Uh-oh: Through six games – in Atlanta and Cincinnati hitters' paradises – they were batting .197. Houston Astros (0-7) Hey, cool: Reaching here – the Astros have committed only five errors. That doesn't include the offseason. Uh-oh: offense has scored 13 runs. Just for a broad comparison, the Cardinals have hit 13 home runs. Brad Mills' (notes) NL West San Francisco Giants (6-1) Hey, cool: A little wrist surgery goes a long way – is batting .440. Edgar Renteria (notes) Uh-oh: Soon, they're going to need offense from (.217). Mark DeRosa (notes) Arizona Diamondbacks (4-2) Hey, cool: As much as anyone, Chris Young could have used a decent start. He's batting .292 and is up there with the big boys with 11 RBI. Uh-oh: goes to the disabled list and needs knee surgery. Miguel Montero (notes) Colorado Rockies (3-3) Hey, cool: If was going to start slow again, the Rockies were going to need help elsewhere. Hello, Troy Tulowitzki (notes) (.393) and Carlos Gonzalez (notes) (.391). Ian Stewart (notes) Uh-oh: Tulowitzki has started slow again (.231). Los Angeles Dodgers (2-4) Hey, cool: After three down and/or injury-plagued seasons in L.A., a healthy is among the team leaders in runs, hits and steals. Rafael Furcal (notes) Uh-oh: Behind a suspect rotation (4.96 ERA) lurks a suspect bullpen (5.68 ERA). San Diego Padres (3-4) Hey, cool: Back at his native third base, is batting .448. Chase Headley (notes) Uh-oh: The Padres' .278 OBP means Headley has two RBI.