By Tim Muma on April 2, 2014
For a variety of reasons, a player on your favorite team can be utterly frustrating. Even if he's successful in his craft, there are aspects to his performances that make you want to rip your hair out.
These five Milwaukee Brewers have earned their spots on this list, and you just need to sit in the stands or listen to the local postgame shows a few times to hear, see and feel the frustration.
Peralta gets a bit of a break because he's a young hurler, so some inconsistency is expected. He had nothing left to prove in the minors and has probably the best pure stuff on the staff. With a hard, heavy fastball and sinker with great movement, expectations are high. Despite flashes of brilliance, he's had major trouble with command and some nagging injuries that have prevented a true breakout.
He's been doing it his whole career with success, but K-Rod consistently falls behind hitters, runs counts full, walks batters and puts fans on the edge of their seats as he tries to lock down the game. Apparently, it's not fun for him unless he loads the bases to bring up the cleanup man in a one-run contest. Throw in his post-inning gyrations, and he adds fuel to the fire.
He's another guy who's had a quality career despite frustrating aspects to his game, Gallardo has been a 200-strikeout pitcher with a sub-3.80 ERA most of his MLB time. His issue is nibbling on the corners and refusing to challenge hitters even though he's shown the ability. When he zeroes in on throwing strikes without fear of the repercussions, Gallardo goes on long stretches of ace-like starts.
The frustrating aspect to Gomez's play happens when he goes a little crazy with his over-aggressive style. With such tremendous speed, he shouldn't be among the leaders in outs on the bases, but there he is with frequent TOOTBLANs. He also swings out of his shoes a majority of the time, which is particularly irritating with two strikes where "putting the ball in play" would work with his wheels.
Anyone who has seen my work knows about my frustration level toward Weeks. Whether it's the strikeouts and yearly dip in power and batting average, or the awful defense across the board, he takes the top spot. Seemingly a great guy with a terrific work ethic, it's nothing personal. The physical tools have always been there, but the inability or refusal to change (ie. sidearm throw, glove flip, low hands) creates even more annoyance.
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