We are now a full month into the 2022 MLB regular season. The sample sizes aren't so small and fan bases are gaining and losing hope with each passing day. That said, there is still a lot -- A LOT -- of season to play, and plenty of teams are still vying for a spot in the new 12-team postseason format.

Throughout the season the CBS Sports MLB experts will bring you a weekly Batting Around roundtable breaking down pretty much anything. The latest news, a historical question, thoughts about the future of baseball, all sorts of stuff. Last week we discussed the slumping White Sox. This week we're going to tackle the biggest surprises of the early season.

 

What has been the biggest surprise so far this season?

R.J. Anderson: The Reds. No one expected them to be good this season, but it was reasonable to think they could avoid 100 losses. Instead, they've been so dreadful as to produce some eye-popping tidbits, including the fact that it's May and they're on pace for 20 victories. What's more is they have a run differential of minus-82, or more than 40 runs worse than any other club. Given how wretched some of these rosters are -- largely by design -- it's always a surprise when a team that had, uh, more modest goals, let's say, ends up being the worst of the worst.