Worst Money Pitchers in Baseball (Updated 7/30/13)
The All-Star break is said and done with, and the boys of summer are going to be back in the saddle for what should be a great summer surge. 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.
As has been the case all season long, we have been talking about some of the biggest names in the game that have been absolutely atrocious for MLB betting fans, and this week’s list is no different.
There are just 19 pitchers in baseball who have cost their teams at least $600 of profits in their starts this season. Some of the men near the top of that list like Brandon Maurer (2-8, -$621) and Roberto Hernandez (7-12, -$653) aren’t all that surprising, but when you start to look at the meat and potatoes, you’ll realize that betting on the biggest names in the sport won’t help you all that much.
The man that makes the least sense to be on this list is AJ Burnett. Burnett is playing on one of the best teams in baseball, and he is playing for a club which has the best money record in the game by a country mile. For whatever reason though, Burnett just hasn’t really caught up. His ERA is just 2.96 too, which makes this even more vexing. The numbers don’t lie, though. Burnett has only brought his team to a 7-11 record and a money mark of -$670.
What’s also surprising is how many big time pitchers from the NL West are on this list. Josh Beckett‘s season is said and done with already, and he is going to finish the year at 1-7 and -$715 but to see both Matt Cain (9-12, -$689) and Tim Lincecum (8-13, -$699) here is insane. If you want to know why the Giants are in last place in the NL West with one of the worst records in baseball, it’s because Cain and Lincecum have only given them a total record of 17-25 in their combined 42 starts.
Over the course of the last two seasons, Ian Kennedy has posted a 36-16 record in his 66 starts. This year? He is only 3-7 with a 5.22 ERA, and he is clearly falling off the boat. He has pitched the Diamondbacks to losses in eight of his last nine games, and the end result is that they are just 7-13 and -$690 in his outings this year.
Homer Bailey has a pair of no-hitters in the last calendar year, and he is pitching on a great Cincinnati team. Still, he is just 8-13 with a -$876 mark for the Reds.
And then the names start to get really surprising. Dan Haren, who has always been one of the best and most efficient pitchers in the game, is only 5-14 and -$1,082 on the season, while Josh Johnson, playing on baseball’s biggest disappointment of a team, is 3-11 and -$1,106.
Even the great Stephen Strasburg can’t avoid the bug of big time pitchers on good teams that are struggling. The problem is that Strasburg knows he is pitching on an underachieving team that might be completely out of the thick of the fight at this point, and his 7-13 record and -$1,214 mark is indicative of that.
As we have pointed out before, the reason that the Tigers are one of the worst money teams we have ever seen with a record this good is because Justin Verlander is only 11-11 and down -$850 in his 22 starts this year. Doesn’t it make you feel good to know that Verlander is making hundreds of millions of dollars over the course of the next several years, yet he is costing bettors money? It’s inexcusable, especially on a team that is as good as Detroit is.
Finally, we won’t dwell on the two very worst pitchers in the game at this point, as they haven’t changed in quite some time. Philly’s Cole Hamels probably hopes that he is traded before the July 31st trade deadline, but no team wants his 6-16, -$1,506 mark on their side. That’s why the Angels can’t get rid of Hamels’ former teammate, Joe Blanton, who has still only led LA to a 4-16 record and a -$1,683 mark.
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