While watching baseball so far this season, a few guys have really caught my eye. And not in a good way.
I am seeing more “professional” hitters look overmatched at the plate than I have seen in a while. Pitchers getting shelled like they are throwing batting practice before a game.
With a help of a few baseball junkies I usually text to make fun of these ball players, I compiled a team that would most likely lose repeatedly, day in and day out, if put on the field together at this point in the season.
Have to give someone the ball to start the game right? The 2013 starting pitcher of the All-Bust team….(drum roll please)
P-Ryan Vogelsong (SF) Sir Ryan should throw for a hitter at this year’s Home Run Derby because he has been a batting practice machine so far. Ryan is 1-4, sporting an obese 8.06 ERA. He’s allowed 11 big flys and batters are hitting…wait for it… .333 against him this year. He’s our horse. [Alternate: Matt, SF, R.A. Dickey, TOR]
C-Derek Norris (OAK) Chuck…I mean Derek Norris is there to groom the young pitching staff in Oakland, but he’s an automatic out at the dish. Hitting .211 with 30 K’s and only one home run. He does have 19 walks though, which shows he has a good eye and can get on base. [Alternate: Chris Iannetta, LAA]
1b-Ike Davis (NYM) This selection was so easy. I watched Ike hit a 6 hopper up the middle Friday afternoon to snap an 0-24 slump. I stood up at my desk and applauded. Hitting .146, Ike has 46 strikeouts. But he’s known for his power. Ya…he has 4 home runs and a .259 SLG. Not to mention he bats clean up. People say he can heat up, he did it last year, maybe, maybe he can do it again. I’ll sell my stock. [Alternate: Eric Hosmer, KC]
2b-Rickie Weeks (MIL) It’s amazing that a guy with speed like Rickie’s can hit .175 through the first 6 weeks of the season. 49 strikeouts in 143 AB’s. Or in math terms, more than 1/3rd of the time he whiffs. He did this type of thing last year, so it should be of no surprise that he can’t hit. Good thing he has Jean Segura carrying the middle infield. Maybe Jean can play 2b also? [Alternate: Danny Espinosa, WSH]
SS-Brendan Ryan (SEA) Hit his first bomb this week so I’ll take it easy on him at a position not known for offense. But a .178 AVG and a .236 OBP for a light hitter is poor. At least Weeks swings for the fences. [Alternate: Ruben Tejada, NYM]
3b-Mike Moustakas (KC) I scrolled to the bottom of 3B stats page on MLB.com, saw Pedro Alvarez and almost chose him, but I noticed a second page. Scrolled over and my choice was easy. For the hype, Moustakas is the All-Star of busts after being a first round selection out of high school. Career .242 hitter is going for the kill this year with his .185 AVG and .260 OBP so far. I’m willing to set his over/under at .230 this year. Hammer the under folks. [Alternate: Pedro Alvarez, PIT]
LF-Yoenis Cespedes (OAK) This is a little misleading. I think he’s just off to a miserable start because he’s a better player than his .196 AVG and .260 OBP, but he’s too big of a name and too important to Oakland’s success to leave off this list. I doubt he will be the LF All-Bust team starter by fall, but he’s poo-poo at the plate right now. [Alternate: Nolan Reimold, BAL]
CF- B.J. Upton (ATL) Bad. Job. Upton. Flat out stinks. Overpaid. The Braves are winning despite this guy’s pathetic stat line. Probably because of his brother. B.J. is sporting a gaudy .145 AVG and has struck out 53 times so far. It’s no longer skill if B.J.’s bat hits the ball, it’s luck. If he couldn’t cover so much ground in the outfield, he’d be benched. [Alternate: Colby Rasmus, TOR - 59 K's!!]
RF-Josh Hamilton (LAA) No doubter. More overpaid than B.J. .214 AVG and a .266 AVG plus 5 HR’s and 12 RBI’s for a guy who at this time last year was leading the AL-MVP vote. He can’t stay healthy and he’s pressing in the L.A. limelight. I want to say he’ll turn it around, but there is no confidence in that prediction. High fantasy pick has managers pulling hair early. [Alternate: Jason Heyward, ATL - got hurt, so I cut him a break]
If somehow this All-Bust team got a lead in a professional baseball game, we’d have to summon a closer.
CL- Carlos Marmol (CHC) This guy ripped Cubs fans hearts out last year, by being awful, and he’s doing it again this year. Already on a short leash, Marmol is 2/4 in SVO and has a 5.4 ERA while opponents hit .246 off him in the 9th inning. He’ll be out of a job soon probably. [Alternate - Fernando Rodney, TB, such a stud last year it kept him off this list. 7/10 on SVO and will figure it out]
Who makes the decisions for this All-Bust team? John Gibbons, TOR. This is Gibbons’ second stint with the Blue Jays and boy do they look awful. No team has had more hype coming into a season than the Blue Jays and they are flopping on their face in the early going. His coaching moves are questionable (Melky lead off, Joey Bats 2-hole?! What?) and he just looks clueless in the dugout. He’d be the perfect lame duck manager for this All-Bust team. [Alternate: Mike Scoscia, LAA, hot seat for his hyped team underperforming, but his tenure and track record speaks for itself.]
Enjoy folks. Maybe we’ll do this again at the end of the year and see if any of these guys are still on it. I’m willing to bet over 3.5 of them are. Rickie Weeks and B.J. Upton are almost locks.