Worst Money Pitchers in Baseball (Updated 6/4/13)
We’re officially past the quarter pole of the season, and the All-Star Break will be here before you know it! 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.
MLB betting has been really tough this year on some of the arms that are used to being some of the most dominant on their rosters. The king of the bad beat continues to be Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies. Once a stud lefty, this season has been anything but for Hamels, who has led the Phils to a 1-11 record in his first 12 starts of the year. Hamels has been beaten a whopping three times already this season at -160 or better, including losing as a -214 favorite at home to the Miami Marlins, who only have six road wins for the season. Interesting who Hamels’ next start is again? None other than those same Marlins at home, and inevitably, Philly will be a -200 or so favorite once again. Hamels has yet to lead his team to a win at home this season, and he has a putrid 4.86 ERA for the season. That’s why this lefty has a loss of $1,391 for the year, almost $600 worth of losses more than any other pitcher in the National League.
Some of the pitchers mired at the bottom of the list of the worst money pitchers in the majors have been on the disabled list. Both Josh Beckett (1-7, -$715) and David Price (2-7, -$824) have been injured. Beckett hasn’t pitched since May 13th thanks to a groin injury, and he has had problems with his pitching hand as well that might actually cause him to have to retire. Price last pitched on May 15th with a triceps problem.
The Los Angeles Angels have been headed in the wrong direction of late, and one of the biggest culprits remains Joe Blanton. Blanton didn’t deserve the loss as a -181 favorite against the Houston Astros on Monday, as he threw eight innings and allowed just two runs on three hits, striking out 11. Alas, the offense gave him no help, and he was beaten for the ninth time this year. Blanton has cost bettors $1,047 for the season, and he has a personal record of 1-9.
Elsewhere at the bottom of the list are a bunch of young guns. Jeremy Hefner is 1-9 and -$805 for the year, but at least he still has a job in the majors. Hefner got the win in a 9-4 victory over the New York Yankees last Wednesday, though he has been a heck of a lot better than a 1-5 pitcher thus far this year. Whereas Hefner is at least still in the majors, two of the other worst pitchers in the game, Wade LeBlanc and Phillip Humber aren’t. These two have accounted for losses of $707 and $702 respectively, and we don’t expect to see either back any time in the near future.
There are only three other pitchers in the game that have accounted for more than $650 worth of losses for their respective teams this season, and all of them have had at least one season of +$700 baseball in their careers. Edwin Jackson is probably rather close to losing his spot in the rotation for the Chicago Cubs, as he is just 2-9 and down $663 for the season. Last year’s “it” pitcher for the Cubs, Ryan Dempster has led the Boston Red Sox to just a 4-7 record and a -$667 mark in his 11 games this year, while Kyle Lohse, who was added just before the start of the season by the Milwaukee Brewers this year, only has guided his lousy team to a 2-8 mark and $682 of losses thus far in 2013.
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