It’s been awhile since I took time out of my day to call out athletes who might make a lot of money, but fail to make plays throughout the week. And while only baseball is in season, it’s time to bring back Players Who Sucked This Week. Even the president came to pay his respects!
Clayton Richard had one of the worst starts of his career, giving up 11 runs in just under four innings. His teammate Kevin Quackenbush also had a terrible week allowing eight runs in three innings of relief – six of those runs came in the same game Richard gave up 11, and the Rockies crushed the Padres 18-4.
Matt Bush helped Baltimore to a 10-2 win, but four of his five runs allowed were unearned. Hard to win when your defense doesn’t help.
James Pazos was consistently bad, totaling 0.2 innings of work with five hits, five runs, two walks, and not a single strikeout. Back to the Minors?
Brad Boxberger might have been the worst reliever of the week, losing in both appearances with a blown save. Especially that blown save. At home against the Rangers. That was rough.
Tyson Ross might have had the worst week for a starting pitcher, giving up 14 runs (12 earned) and walking seven in seven total innings. Travis Wood was almost as bad, allowing 10 runs in nine innings. Both pitchers lost their first start of the week. Oh, and Lance McCullers Jr. was almost as bad as Wood, giving up 10 earned runs in just over nine innings. But he didn’t lose either of his starts.
Jason Vargas was much improved in his second start of the week, but I won’t let his awful start in Detroit slip by. Six runs, two home runs, and four walks in 2 ⅔ innings ain’t pretty.
Scott Feldman’s bum knee might have affected his play. And by might, I mean he only lasted one inning after five runs and two homers.
Cheers to all the guys who pitched in one game and are enjoying the needed time off: Jeff Hoffman, Mike Leake, Ubaldo Jimenez, and Michael Fulmer. I almost gave Alex Wood a break since it was his first loss of the season.
Jeff Beliveau couldn’t record an out in two appearances and gave up seven runs in the process. No wonder he was sent back to the Minors.
Just as we cheered the pitchers who had one bad start, let’s hear it for the hitters who got just one hit in 10+ at-bats: Alex Avila, Kole Calhoun, Jarrod Dyson, Jonathan Lucroy, Sean Rodriguez, Scott Schebler, and Joc Pederson.
Tim Beckham and Dansby Swanson didn’t get a single hit in 13 and 14 at-bats, respectively. Curtis Granderson and Jacoby Ellsbury both went 0 for 10 at the plate last week. As the POTUS says…SAD!
Miguel Cabrera might be the greatest hitter of this generation, but he hasn’t played like it this season. He batted .125 last week with seven strikeouts. He’s currently hitting .256 on the season, which would be an all-time low if the season ended today. I’m really just mad because I picked him first in fantasy.
Nick Wittgren gave up three runs in a blowout loss to the Phillies last Wednesday, but picked up a win in his next appearance.
Ivan Nova had a classic good game-bad game week. First start is a quality one which nets him a win, and the next one has him letting seven runners cross the plate en route to a 3-13 loss.
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*Stats week of 7/17-23