Every MLB Team’s Biggest Disappointment So Far in 2014

Every MLB Team's Biggest Disappointment So Far in 2014

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With roughly 57 games into the 2014 MLB season, we all have a pretty good idea of which teams are on the path to the postseason and which teams might go home early. Along with that, it’s also clear which players are producing and which ones are slacking. Here’s a look at every team’s biggest disappointment so far this season.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Brandon McCarthy
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Arizona Diamondbacks

Brandon McCarthy
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Biggest Disappointment: Brandon McCarthy
Starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy has the second-highest salary on the team (10.25 million dollars). Unfortunately, he’s also 1-7 with a 5.20 ERA in 12 starts.

Atlanta Braves

Dan Uggla
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Atlanta Braves

Dan Uggla
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Biggest Disappointment: Dan Uggla
It would be a shock if the Atlanta Braves didn’t find a way to trade Dan Uggla before the All-Star break as the second baseman has posted dismal numbers so far this season. In 114 at-bats, he has a .175 batting average with just two home runs and 10 RBI. He’s also making 13.2 million dollars in 2014.

Baltimore Orioles

Ubaldo Jimenez
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Baltimore Orioles

Ubaldo Jimenez
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Biggest Disappointment: Ubaldo Jimenez
The Baltimore Orioles signed starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez to a 50 million-dollar deal with the hopes that he would be able to get them back to the playoffs. Instead, the acquisition has completely backfired, as Jimenez is 2-6 with a 4.65 ERA in 11 starts.

Boston Red Sox

Jackie Bradley Jr.
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Boston Red Sox

Jackie Bradley Jr.
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Biggest Disappointment: Jackie Bradley Jr.
Jackie Bradley Jr.’s struggles in spring training were disappointing because everyone expected him to be an efficient center fielder who will hold down the position for years to come. It somehow got worse as he has struggled mightily at the plate during the regular season. Bradley is currently batting .204 with one homer and 20 RBI in 167 at-bats.

Chicago Cubs

Carlos Villanueva
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Chicago Cubs

Carlos Villanueva
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Biggest Disappointment: Carlos Villanueva
The run support is tremendously disappointing, but pitcher Carlos Villanueva gets the nod here. The reliever who has started four games in place of the injured Jake Arreita has struggled in both roles this season. On top of that, he’s the fifth highest paid player on the team. Overall, he has a 7.98 ERA in 12 games, including a 5.40 ERA out of the bullpen.

Chicago White Sox

Felipe Paulino
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Chicago White Sox

Felipe Paulino
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Biggest Disappointment: Felipe Paulino
Prior to being placed on the disabled list, Felipe Paulino posted a 0-2 record, 11.29 ERA and only 14 strikeouts in four starts. The free-agent acquisition got rocked nearly every time he stepped on the mound and failed to fool any hitters. To make matters worse (or better?), he had a setback in his rehab assignment and has no timetable for a return.

Cincinnati Reds

Homer Bailey
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Cincinnati Reds

Homer Bailey
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Biggest Disappointment: Homer Bailey
It probably should be GM Walt Jocketty for giving Homer Bailey a laughable six-year deal worth 105 million dollars, but we’ll just stick with Bailey. The starter has a 5.04 ERA in 11 starts. The real painful stats are his 10 surrendered home runs and the fact that opposing hitters are batting .295 against him.

Cleveland Indians

Justin Masterson
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Cleveland Indians

Justin Masterson
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Biggest Disappointment: Justin Masterson
The supposed ace of the staff has been anything but in a contract year. Justin Masterson is 2-4 with a 5.21 ERA in 12 starts. Even worse, lefties are batting .322 and knocked in 28 runs against the right-hander. The Cleveland Indians have plenty of issues, but Masterson is by far the biggest disappointment.

Colorado Rockies

Catchers
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Colorado Rockies

Catchers
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Biggest Disappointment: Catchers
Three different players have given the Colorado Rockies almost no production out of the catcher position. In 212 at-bats, the three have combined for a .231 batting average, five home runs and 31 RBI. On top of that, opposing teams are pretty much having their way on the base paths as only five out 23 runners have been caught stealing.

Detroit Tigers

Andrew Romine
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Detroit Tigers

Andrew Romine

Biggest Disappointment: Andrew Romine
The shortstop position in general has been disappointing, but Andrew Romine takes the cake of the three players who have suited up. He’s batting .205 with just one home run and four RBI in 112 at-bats. No production out of the bottom of the order is really hurting, and Romaine is a big reason for that.

Houston Astros

Chris Carter
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Houston Astros

Chris Carter
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Biggest Disappointment: Chris Carter
First baseman Chris Carter is hitting just .193 with a whopping 60 strikeouts. Sure, his eight home runs and 22 RBI are promising, but he hasn’t shown anywhere near the potential fans thought he would have at this point in the game.

Kansas City Royals

Mike Moustakas
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Kansas City Royals

Mike Moustakas
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Biggest Disappointment: Mike Moustakas
Former second overall pick Mike Moustakas has been so bad this season that the Kansas City Royals had no choice but to demote him to Triple-A. Prior to being sent down, he was batting .148 with four homers and 17 RBI in 128 at-bats. His decline each season since he arrived in the majors finally caught up with him.

Los Angeles Angels

David Freese
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Los Angeles Angels

David Freese
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Biggest Disappointment: David Freese
David Freese’s continued fall from grace has made it even more painful due to the fact that the Los Angeles Angels traded for him because of a desperate need at third base. He’s batting just .208 with two homers and 14 RBI in 130 at-bats. Along with that, he’s spent time on the disabled list.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Matt Kemp
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Los Angeles Dodgers

Matt Kemp
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Biggest Disappointment: Matt Kemp
Despite his flashes of power, Matt Kemp has been a colossal disappointment in 2014. Seriously, who ever thought he would get benched at any point during the season? Kemp is batting .249 with five home runs and 15 RBI in 169 at-bats. His random slumps and clear frustration is a bad sign of things to come.

Miami Marlins

Jacob Turner
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Miami Marlins

Jacob Turner
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Biggest Disappointment: Jacob Turner
Even though Jacob Turner is only 23 years old, he’s on pace for his worst statistical season in the majors. The starting pitcher didn’t record his first win until a week ago and he has a horrendous 5.59 ERA in seven starts. On top of that, opposing hitters are batting .327 against him.

Milwaukee Brewers

Jim Henderson
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Milwaukee Brewers

Jim Henderson
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Biggest Disappointment: Jim Henderson
Jim Henderson was the projected closer until Ron Roenicke called an audible on Opening Day due to Henderson’s low velocity in spring training. It worked out well for the Milwaukee Brewers, as Francisco Rodriguez has been outstanding. Meanwhile, Henderson has a 7.15 ERA and can’t seem to stay healthy.

Minnesota Twins

Aaron Hicks
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Minnesota Twins

Aaron Hicks
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Biggest Disappointment: Aaron Hicks
To say the Minnesota Twins are disappointed in Aaron Hicks’ 2014 performance would be an understatement. The team feels he isn’t putting in the necessary work, which is evidence of his dismal .190 batting average, one home run and eight RBI. All the high hopes for the center fielder have been grounded.

New York Mets

Curtis Granderson
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New York Mets

Curtis Granderson
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Biggest Disappointment: Curtis Granderson
The New York Mets were delighted to sign Curtis Granderson because of his proven power. Unfortunately, he continues to fall short of expectations. Sure, his 24 RBI is certainly a reason to be optimistic. However, his production has been inconsistent as his .200 batting average proves.

New York Yankees

C.C. Sabathia
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New York Yankees

C.C. Sabathia
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Biggest Disappointment: C.C. Sabathia
Injury or not, C.C. Sabathia has been a huge disappointment this season. The ace posted a 3-4 record, 5.28 ERA and 10 surrendered home runs before he was placed on the disabled list. On top of that, he averaged 11.35 hits allowed per nine innings. Even worse, he’s not expected back until late July.

Oakland Athletics

Jim Johnson
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Oakland Athletics

Jim Johnson
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Biggest Disappointment: Jim Johnson
The Oakland Athletics are paying Jim Johnson 10 million dollars to be the closer. The problem is he has really struggled when placed in the role. He’s technically only blown one save, but overall, his production has been horrible. He has a team-worst 6.55 ERA in 22 appearances.

Philadelphia Phillies

Cole Hamels
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Philadelphia Phillies

Cole Hamels
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Biggest Disappointment: Cole Hamels
The Philadelphia Phillies in general are a disappointment considering they have the third highest payroll in MLB and are in last place in the AL East. But if I had to choose the biggest disappointment, it might have to be ace Cole Hamels. He’s getting paid 23.5 million dollars to have a 1-3 record and a 4.01 ERA, which doesn’t sit well.

Pittsburgh Pirates

Wandy Rodriguez
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Pittsburgh Pirates

Wandy Rodriguez
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Biggest Disappointment: Wandy Rodriguez
The Pittsburgh Pirates were forced to recently release Wandy Rodriguez after he took a beating in six starts this season. His 6.75 ERA and 1.69 WHIP is strong evidence of a season that has gone so wrong for the Pirates after they enjoyed so much success last year.

San Diego Padres

Offense
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San Diego Padres

Offense
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Biggest Disappointment: Offense
The San Diego Padres’ offense has been embarrassing. As a team, they rank last in MLB in batting average (.226), RBI (175), on-base percentage (.282), and walks (140). Even more ridiculous is that they have yet to reach 190 runs despite playing 57 games.

San Francisco Giants

Tim Lincecum
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San Francisco Giants

Tim Lincecum
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Biggest Disappointment: Tim Lincecum
It’s hard to be the biggest disappointment when the last couple of years have been disappointing, but Tim Lincecum has managed to do just that. The right-hander continues to be unimpressive with a 4-3 record, 4.18 ERA and a low 2.18 strikeouts per walks. What makes it truly disappointing is that he’s getting paid 17 million dollars.

Seattle Mariners

Corey Hart
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Seattle Mariners

Corey Hart
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Biggest Disappointment: Corey Hart
Corey Hart was supposed to be the other big signing along with Robinson Cano to help the Seattle Mariners emerge in 2014. Instead, he has struggled when healthy as evidence of his .209 batting average. His power numbers have been decent, but his Grade 2 hamstring strain that has kept him out of the lineup outweighs that.

St. Louis Cardinals

Randy Choate
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St. Louis Cardinals

Randy Choate
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Biggest Disappointment: Randy Choate
Reliever Randy Choate has followed up his fantastic 2013 season with a dismal performance in 2014. In fact, he’s on pace for the worst statistical season of his 13-year career. The left-hander is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in 22 appearances.

Tampa Bay Rays

David Price
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Tampa Bay Rays

David Price
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Biggest Disappointment: David Price
Other Tampa Bay Rays pitchers have performed worse this season, but ace David Price gets the nod because he’s supposed to be lights out in his contract year. Not to mention, the Rays held on to him in the offseason with the hopes that he would help them reach the playoffs, which doesn’t look like it will happen.

Texas Rangers

Prince Fielder
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Texas Rangers

Prince Fielder
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Biggest Disappointment: Prince Fielder
The Texas Rangers acquired Price Fielder in a trade with the hope that he would be the power in the middle of the batting order to propel them deep into the postseason. Unfortunately, Fielder is done for the season with a neck injury. On top of that, he wasn’t performing well at the plate prior to his injury. A .247 batting average and three home runs isn’t what Texas had in mind.

Toronto Blue Jays

Sergio Santos
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Toronto Blue Jays

Sergio Santos
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Biggest Disappointment: Sergio Santos
The bullpen has been the weak link for the first place Toronto Blue Jays. Closer Sergio Santos struggled mightily prior to being placed on the disabled list with a forearm injury. He began the season fine but then everything unraveled. His 9.00 ERA and three blown saves are not ideal for a team that is trying to stay atop the AL East.

Washington Nationals

Taylor Jordan
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Washington Nationals

Taylor Jordan
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Biggest Disappointment: Taylor Jordan
There were high hopes for starting pitcher Taylor Jordan entering the season. Unfortunately, those hopes never got to flourish as he struggled in his five starts prior to being sent down to the minors. His first start of the season was inspiring, but he could never regain his command. Even though he posted a 0-3 record and 5.61 ERA, there’s still plenty of hope for him in the future.

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