When spring training was shortened and the start of the MLB season was delayed because of labor negotiations, it was reasonable to expect some odd performances once baseball came back.

The delay, however, did not temper expectations already set based on performances from last season.

Teams still spent a lot of money in free agency and were aggressive with trades, and a handful of top prospects made Opening Day rosters.

So, with that in mind, let's take a look at the 10 biggest disappointments so far.


10. Jarred Kelenic, Seattle Mariners

Jarred Kelenic was supposed to build on the last five weeks of 2021, when the 22-year-old outfielder slashed .248/.331/.524 with seven homers and a 135 wRC+.

It was impressive enough to make him one of the players trending toward becoming an All-Star this year, or at least it seemed.

Instead, it's gone in the opposite direction for Kelenic, who was demoted back to Triple-A last week after a putrid start. He had slashed .140/.219/.291 with an alarming 37.5 percent strikeout rate.

He looked lost. It got so bad that MLB insider Jon Heyman declared the New York Mets winners of the trade featuring Kelenic, Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz, even though Cano had just been released three-and-a-half years after the swap.


9. Atlanta

World Series hangover? Whatever it is, Atlanta isn't exactly defending its title admirably. Part of this is because of the bolstered rosters within the National League East.

The New York Mets appear to be as good as advertised following their offseason moves. The Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies aren't great, but they look better than Atlanta.

All three teams entered Wednesday with 17 wins and losing records, but only Atlanta had a negative run differential (minus-12).

Atlanta has the highest strikeout percentage in baseball (26.3), is 19th in wRC+ (94) and 26th in batting average (.223).

Its pitching is pedestrian, with a 1.26 WHIP and 3.91 ERA, which rank 18th and 22nd. It would be worse without the strength of the bullpen. Atlanta relievers have the second-highest WAR (2.4), behind only the New York Yankees', while the starters rank 17th (2.3).