In many major league cities, there was plenty of optimism in the air entering the first week of another baseball season.

Even in a 162-game season that spans six months, it never hurts to have good performances early on, both individually and as a team.

The gallery above highlights six players who have already enjoyed a banner first few games, and by week's end there will be 10 players featured.

But it’s hard to imagine anyone topping the near-perfect, 14-strikeout game thrown by Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish (pictured above) on Tuesday.