10 MLB Starting Pitchers Who Should Be Demoted After Terrible 2014 Start

10 MLB Starting Pitchers Who Should Be Demoted After Terrible 2014 Start

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The 2014 Major League Baseball season is still very young. Teams will be wrapping up only their fourth series on Sunday, which means it’s rather pointless to talk about players who deserve to be benched or sent down to the minors. With that being said, these 10 pitchers have got off to such a horrendous start that teams have to be thinking twice about letting them stay in the starting rotation.

10. Tim Lincecum

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10. Tim Lincecum

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Tim Lincecum continues his downward trend since 2011 by getting off to a terrible start in 2014. The right-hander has a 9.90 earned run average and he has lasted 10 innings in two starts. The San Francisco Giants are playing good baseball, but they will need Lincecum to step up if they want to stay around the top of the NL West standings.

9. Jorge De La Rosa

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at Coors Field on April 5, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.

9. Jorge De La Rosa

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Jorge De La Rosa had put forth a rather inconsistent career on the mound, but he always manages to hover around his 4.77 career ERA. In 13 innings over the course of three starts this season, he has surrendered three home runs and 14 earned runs to give himself a 9.69 ERA.

8. Randall Delgado

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8. Randall Delgado

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Randall Delgado was hoping to improve on his performance last season, which was the first year he went over 100 innings. Unfortunately, Delgado has got off to a rough start in 2014. The 24-year-old has a 10.13 ERA and only three strikeouts in eight innings.

7. Carlos Villanueva

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7. Carlos Villanueva

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Somehow, Carlos Villanueva continues to be given opportunities to start in the big leagues. The Chicago Cubs are teetering on the experiment as Villanueva has only started two of his four appearances this season. The right-hander has a 1-3 record and an 11.57 ERA in 9 1/3 innings, which is the worst in baseball among pitchers who have started.

6. Ivan Nova

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6. Ivan Nova

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The New York Yankees are slowly turning around their dismal start to the season. However, they aren’t getting any help from Ivan Nova in doing so. In two starts, the 27-year-old has an 8.68 ERA over 9 1/3 innings. The biggest issue is that he can’t stop batters from hitting their way on base. Opponents are currently batting .432 against him.

5. Miguel Gonzalez

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5. Miguel Gonzalez

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Miguel Gonzalez’s first seasons in the big leagues looked promising. With that being said, the right-hander will have to do some work if he wants to turn his third year around. Gonzalez has a 9.64 ERA and he has allowed four home runs in two starts. If the Baltimore Orioles want any shot of competing in the AL East, they will need Gonzalez to get it together immediately.

4. Trevor Cahill

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4. Trevor Cahill

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No other starting pitcher in baseball has three losses with the exception of Trevor Cahill. The Arizona Diamondbacks starter has really struggled out of the gate. Cahill has given up 12 runs in 13 2/3 innings for a 7.90 ERA. He also has eight walks and a .364 opponent’s batting average.

3. Erik Johnson

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3. Erik Johnson

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The Chicago White Sox will forgive Erik Johnson’s rough start to the season simply because he only has five career starts prior to 2014. However, a 9.58 ERA and 19 surrendered hits in 10 1/3 innings are numbers that are unacceptable. If the 24-year-old can’t pull it together within the next few starts, he might find his way back in the minors.

2. Jordan Zimmerman

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2. Jordan Zimmerman

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Jordan Zimmerman is one of the more disappointing names to be appear on this list because of how talented he truly is. Regardless, there’s no excuse for his 8.10 ERA and .379 opponent batting average, especially since he has only been able to last 6 2/3 innings in two starts.

1. Brandon McCarthy

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1. Brandon McCarthy

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In three starts this season, Brandon McCarthy has shown some signs of life. However, the right-hander’s 17 earned runs in 19 2/3 innings won’t get the job done. The good news is he’s been able to rack up the strikeouts and keep runners off base, which should be able to turn his numbers around enough to prevent a demotion.

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