15 MLB Stars Who Are Off To Terrible Starts In 2014

15 MLB Stars Who Are Off To Terrible Starts In 2014

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The 2014 MLB season is relatively young, as most teams have barely crossed the 20-game mark. Even though there is still plenty of baseball left to be played this year, it has to be concerning for some organizations to see their star players not producing at the plate or on the mound at a level they should be. Check out 15 MLB superstars who are off to terrible starts this season.

15. Prince Fielder

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15. Prince Fielder

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The Texas Rangers are hoping the addition of Prince Fielder is exactly what they need to get into the playoffs in 2014. Despite the team performing well, Fielder has delivered far below expectations. The slugger is batting .200 with two home runs and seven RBI in 80 at-bats.

14. Miguel Cabrera

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14. Miguel Cabrera

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Fielder’s former teammate, Miguel Cabrera, is also not doing so hot. If it weren’t for a recent 4-for-5 performance against the Baltimore Orioles, Cabrera’s numbers would be very alarming. Batting .250 with two homers, 13 RBI and 16 strikeouts won’t be good enough to garner a third consecutive American League MVP Award.

13. Pablo Sandoval

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13. Pablo Sandoval

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The San Francisco Giants remain two games above .500 despite Pablo Sandoval really struggling on offense. The hope was that a leaner Sandoval in a contract year would give the Giants a career performance from the third baseman. Instead, they have yet to see anything of the sort. “Kung Fu Panda” is batting a dismal .165 with two homers, six RBI and 18 strikeouts in 79 at-bats.

12. C.C. Sabathia

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12. C.C. Sabathia

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C.C. Sabathia’s numbers aren’t horrendous by any means. However, when it’s revealed that he’s getting paid million to be the ace of the New York Yankees, then his numbers begin to look a bit depressing. Sabathia is 3-2 with a 4.78 ERA and six surrendered home runs in 32 innings. On the plus side, his 9.84 strikeouts per nine innings is a career high.

11. Nick Swisher

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11. Nick Swisher

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No one really expected Nick Swisher to be a lead offensive machine. Well, at least no one besides the Cleveland Indians that is. Swisher is batting .205 with two home runs, eight RBI and a whopping 25 strikeouts in 88 at-bats. He’s never been known as a high-average hitter, but something has to change if he’s expected to deliver offensively for the Indians.

10. Brian Wilson

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10. Brian Wilson

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If the Los Angeles Dodgers weren’t in first place in the NL West, things could get real ugly for reliever Brian Wilson. The organization can’t be happy with his production so far in 2014, which includes a 0-2 record, 15.75 ERA and one blown save in six appearances. Did I mention he’s getting paid million?

9. Ubaldo Jimenez

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9. Ubaldo Jimenez

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The Orioles are fortunate to be in second place in the AL East, especially with Ubaldo Jimenez taking the mound four times this season. The starter is supposed to be the guy to give Baltimore an advantage in the division. Instead, he’s 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA and minus-0.2 wins above replacement in 21 1/3 innings. Not exactly what the Orioles had in mind when they agreed to a million contract with the right-hander.

8. R.A. Dickey

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8. R.A. Dickey

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To say the Toronto Blue Jays have received the raw end of the deal with R.A. Dickey would be an understatement. The starting pitcher is off to another bad start, which can’t make fans in Toronto very happy. The former NL Cy Young Award winner is 1-3 with a 5.90 ERA and 18 walks in five starts.

7. Chris Davis

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7. Chris Davis

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Chris Davis’ .257 batting average isn’t a major concern considering it’s hovering right around his career average. What has to have the Orioles disappointed is his lack of power at the plate. Two home runs and 13 RBI might be good for some hitters, but Davis crushed 53 homers and 138 RBI in 2013. Not to mention Baltimore is paying him .35 million this year.

6. Clay Buchholz

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6. Clay Buchholz

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Clay Buchholz played a big role in the Boston Red Sox winning the World Series last season. He’s also partially why the team is sitting in last place in the AL East in 2014. Buchholz is 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA and a mere 16 strikeouts in four starts. On top of that, he’s only averaging 4.55 innings per start.

5. Jason Grilli

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5. Jason Grilli

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Closer Jason Grilli has been nearly untouchable since joining the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011. However, that’s changed in 2014 as the right-hander already has three blown saves, two of which came at the hands of Ryan Braun. The Pirates won’t be able to take it a step further this season if Grilli can’t lower his 4.50 ERA and figure out how to close the door on opponents in the ninth inning.

4. Curtis Granderson

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4. Curtis Granderson

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When the New York Mets signed Curtis Granderson to a four-year, million deal, I can’t imagine they expected him to perform as badly as he has so far this season. Granderson is batting a horrendous .137 with just one home run and six RBI in 73 at-bats. He also has struck out 25 times. He’s a long ways away from the 43 home runs and 106 RBI he recorded in 2012.

3. Bronson Arroyo

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3. Bronson Arroyo

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Many teams were hesitant to take a chance on aging starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo this past offseason, and now we know why. The right-hander is 1-2 with a 9.50 ERA and just eight strikeouts in four starts. No one wonder the struggling Arizona Diamondbacks are sitting at the bottom of the division.

2. Chase Headley

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2. Chase Headley

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Chase Headley continues his downward spiral from his 2012 performance. The San Diego Padres third baseman is batting .186 with two homers and seven RBI in 70 at-bats. To make matters worse, he recently injured his calf and he’s expected to miss three weeks.

1. B.J. Upton

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1. B.J. Upton

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B.J. Upton was somewhat of a disappointment for the Atlanta Braves last season. It looks like not much has changed this year as he continues to perform below expectations. Upton is batting .205 with only one home run, two RBI and 24 strikeouts in 78 at-bats this season.

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