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Week 5 Fantasy Baseball: 10 Struggling Starters

10 Struggling Starters

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The fantasy baseball world often revolves around starting pitchers, but not every pitcher is in midseason form right now. Here are 10 pitchers that have struggled through Week 5 of the fantasy baseball season.

10. Charlie Morton, Pittsburgh Pirates

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10. Charlie Morton, Pittsburgh Pirates

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Morton started the 2014 season by throwing six shutout innings. Unfortunately, since that point he has been unable to keep people off the bases. Morton has a 5.40 ERA over his last four starts to go with a dreadful 0-3 record. The righty is seriously struggling right now.

9. Miguel Gonzalez, Baltimore Orioles

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9. Miguel Gonzalez, Baltimore Orioles

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Gonzalez drew a good deal of attention this season, as the Mexican won 11 games last season. However, he hasn’t exactly lived up to the hype this year. He has a miserable 5.19 ERA and opposing hitters are hitting .284 off him. He is getting shelled each and every start.

8. Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants

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8. Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants

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Lincecum has suffered a meltdown in recent seasons. He currently has an abysmal 5.96 ERA and opposing hitters are peppering him for a .333 batting average. The two-time Cy Young Award winner continues to see the velocity on his fastball plummet and his heater has averaged a dreadful 89.8 MPH. Big Time Timmy Jim is in a big time slump right now.

7. Bartolo Colon, New York Mets

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7. Bartolo Colon, New York Mets

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Colon’s 2013 season was magical. He finished with an 18-6 record and a career-low 2.65 ERA. Unfortunately, the 41-year-old hasn’t come close to matching that kind of production this season. He is currently 2-3 with a 4.50 ERA and a WAR of -0.1. He has easily been one of the most disappointing starters of the 2014 fantasy season.

6. Hiroki Kuroda, New York Yankees

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6. Hiroki Kuroda, New York Yankees

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Kuroda was the one bright spot in New York’s rotation last season, but he has been anything but this year. He currently has an ERA of 5.28 and his 1.38 WHIP isn’t any better. The 39-year-old has given up at least two earned run in each contest this season and continues his downward spiral from last season.

5. R.A. Dickey, Toronto Blue Jays

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5. R.A. Dickey, Toronto Blue Jays

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Since winning the 2012 NL Cy Young, Dickey has been an extremely frustrating fantasy option. The knuckleballer currently has a 5.09 ERA with a miserable 1.47 WHIP. He has also lasted seven innings in only one of his seven starts this season. The 39-year-old's fantasy value is disappearing more and more with each passing start.

4. Justin Masterson, Cleveland Indians

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4. Justin Masterson, Cleveland Indians

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Masterson has made six starts already this season, but he has shockingly one had one decision (0-1). He has surrendered five earned runs in three starts this season and the right-hander currently has an ERA sitting at 4.84.

3. Jered Weaver, Los Angeles Angels

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3. Jered Weaver, Los Angeles Angels

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Weaver started the season by allowing 12 earned runs over his first three starts, but he has settled down over his last three and has lowered his ERA to 4.00. However, there is still a good deal of concern about Weaver's arm. His fastball is averaging an embarrassing 85.5 MPH this season and the veteran has suddenly become very hittable. He has also not thrown over 100 pitches in a start this season and has yet to see the seventh inning.

2. Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants

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2. Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants

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Cain has been a mess this season. He hasn't won a single start (0-3) and the right-hander is coming off a miserable outing in which he allowed seven earned runs in six innings of work. Cain has a pathetic 4.35 ERA right now and the right-hander isn’t pitching close to a top-20 arm this fantasy season.

1. Jordan Zimmermann, Washington Nationals

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1. Jordan Zimmermann, Washington Nationals

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Through his first five starts, Zimmermann had a 4.05 ERA and an equally lackluster 1.35 WHIP. He was shaky on the mound and was averaging 70.3 pitches per start. Luckily, Zimmermann finally had a solid start on Wednesday night. He pitched 6.1 innings of shutout ball and managed to lower his ERA down to 3.27. Zimmermann may have struggled through the first couple weeks of the season, but he is one starter that his over his early-season slump.