Worst Money Pitchers in Baseball (Updated 5/7/13)
Most starting pitchers that have stayed in their rotations all season long now have six or so starts under their belts, so now is the time that we can really start to quantify how they’re all doing. This is an article you’re definitely going to want to read, as it will go over all of the worst money pitchers on the MLB odds this season.
There are only five pitchers that have yet to lead their team to a win this year that have had at least five starts on the campaign. However, the two worst money pitchers in the game are both 1-6. Cole Hamels is as bad as it gets in the National League, as he is -$746 in his seven starts this year. Of course, we know that it’s only a matter of time until Hamels gets a bit of luck. The poor guy has only allowed nine runs in his last five starts, and he has averaged right at seven innings per start in that stretch. There is no such thing as a man that should be 1-4 on the season with numbers like that.
There is only one man that has lost more than eight units this season for MLB betting fans, and that’s David Price. Price is a free agent to be after next season, and he is already being bantered as potential trade bait either at the deadline this year or at the end of the campaign, but he isn’t helping his own trade value at this point. The lefty allowed nine runs in 6.2 innings of work against the Colorado Rockies on Saturday, and he now has a 6.25 ERA this season. To put this in its proper perspective, Price has allowed 31 earned runs in seven starts this year. He allowed 60 earned runs in 31 starts last season.
That being said, there are still plenty of men that haven’t guided their team to any wins on the season. The only 0-7 pitcher in the game is Phillip Humber. Humber is actually 0-7 in those games, and his 8.82 ERA is going to inevitably get him kicked out of the rotation, even for the lowly Houston Astros. He hasn’t thrown more than 94 pitches in a game this year, and he only has one quality start on the campaign. That being said, Humber is only -$702 for the season, proving that he is appropriately always an underdog.
The same can’t be said for the 0-5 Gavin Floyd and Jeremy Hefner for the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets respectively. Floyd has led the Pale Hose to just -$556 this year, while Hefner is -$571 in his five starts. Hefner only has a 4.34 ERA this year, and he was really unfortunate not to get the win in a game in which he allowed just two runs and four hits in eight innings against the Marlins last week.
And then come the two men in the league that are both 0-6. The Miami Marlins are clearly one of the worst teams in baseball, and it’s a wonder how they don’t have more than one pitcher on this list. As it is, Wade LeBlanc is the only starter with more than three starts for the Fish this year that have yet to find a way to lead them to a win. RHP Joe Blanton has cost the Los Angeles Angels $696 this year, but it hasn’t been all his fault. Yes, a 5.97 ERA is bad, but over the course of his last two starts, Blanton has only allowed five runs in 14 innings. Not surprisingly, 1B Albert Pujols and OF Josh Hamilton have just two hits, both of which were singles in those starts. The Halos have only given Blanton a total of three runs in those two games as well, and even Cy Young wouldn’t be winning that many games with offensive support like this.
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