By Nick Villano @nick_villano on June 12, 2014
We are a little over a third into the MLB season, and there are still players trying to find their groove. Some are dealing with injuries, some are in serious slumps, while others are just plain minor league talent. Every team currently has someone who, at least for now, is extremely cold.
Ubaldo Jimenez was looking for big money this offseason, and he ended up signing a four-year deal with the Baltimore Orioles. They are seriously regretting that now, as the risk is not turning into reward after over a 5.00 ERA. His last start was just over two innings with six earned runs.
To say that the Arizona Diamondbacks' pitching staff has been disappointing would be an understatement. Brandon McCarthy is at the forefront of that statement, as he is currently 1-8. That says it all about the status of his temperature right now.
B.J. Upton just seems to be a perennial disappointment at this point. He used to be good for some home runs with his 200 strikeouts, but that seems to be too much to ask this season. He has only hit five home runs with a .208 batting average, and with Dan Uggla out of the lineup, Upton is the biggest disappointment on the Braves, outside of Tommy John surgery.
Jackie Bradley Jr. was one of the young players who was going to carry the Boston Red Sox in their defense of their World Series Championship. It didn't work out that way, as the team is six games under .500, and Bradley is hitting .208 with only one HR and four steals.
The Chicago Cubs may be the worst team in the majors, and Edwin Jackson isn't helping matters with his 15 runs allowed in his last four starts. He may end up being trade bait once the deadline comes, not that it will get them much.
The Chicago White Sox seem to be a healthy combination of Chris Sale, Jose Abreu, and not much else. Alejandro De Aza has been especially bad, hitting at about the Medoza line. He is one of the biggest disappointments in baseball.
Tony Cingrani started off the season alright, but has been awful lately. He has lost his last five decisions, and he is about to lose his starting job to a returning Mat Latos.
The big story coming into this season was the position change of Carlos Santana. Now, the story is, "What's wrong with Carlos Santana?" He is hitting .176 on the season; luckily for the Indians, he is still drawing walks, but he needs to start hitting to help his team overcome the Detroit Tigers.
The Colorado Rockies spent big money to bolster their bullpen this offseason. Boone Logan has been awful, to say the least; he was put on the DL after he couldn't get through an inning without allowing runs.
When you are a closer, you can't have an ERA over seven. In fact, if you are a major league pitcher, you shouldn't have an ERA close to seven. Joe Nathan is still somehow the Tigers' closer despite allowing 10 runs over his last five appearances (3.1 innings).
Jonathan Villar was one of the better players to start the year, but he fell into a quick decline. His average has dipped below .200 on the season. With some of the younger players on the Houston Astros breaking out, Villar may get lost in the shuffle.
The Kansas City Royals' hitters have been so bad, that it is a yearly occurrence that their hitting coach gets fired. Mike Moustakas was one of the revered Royals rookies who just hasn't worked out. He has been so bad this season that he was sent back to the minors.
Raul Ibanez looked like the ageless wonder the past two seasons with the New York Yankees and the Seattle Mariners, but age caught up with him this season. When your designated hitter can only hit .150, it's time to designate someone else.
Adrian Gonzalez was the main reason for the Los Angeles Dodgers to take on all of that money from their big waiver trade with the Boston Red Sox. He was great to start the season, but after 12 home runs, he has not hit one since May 21. His cold streak is going on three weeks.
With how well the Miami Marlins have done and the low expectations they came into the season with, it was hard to find a "cold" player on the roster. Jeff Mathis' numbers are better than his career numbers dictate, but you expect a little more from a starting catcher.
The Milwaukee Brewers are another team where everyone overachieved. Mark Reynolds is still hitting home runs, but those are about the only hits he is getting. His strikeouts are what's alarming; he has 12 in his last 10 games.
Joe Mauer just doesn't look right playing first base. He is hitting .254 with only two home runs and 15 RBIs; those are far off from the MVP numbers you expect.
The main piece in the trade for former Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey, Travis d'Arnaud showed he wasn't ready for the big leagues in 2014. He was sent back down this week to work on his kinks.
The New York Yankees' rotation is in shambles currently. With three of their five starters on the DL, they need contributions from lesser sources. David Phelps and Vidal Nuno have been awful in this role. You expect more from Phelps, who has been especially terrible in the last two starts.
The Oakland Athletics are by far the best team in baseball, which means there aren't many bad players on the team. Alberto Callaspo was the closest I could find -- hitting .219 as a DH with only three home runs is not acceptable.
Everyone not named Chase Utley or Cole Hamels seems cold on the Phillies. A.J. Burnett was the big acquisition for them this offseason, along with Marlon Byrd. He left the Pirates for more money, but is now falling apart after a promising start.
The Pirates made a desperate move acquiring Ike Davis from the Mets. They were seeing their spot in the NL Central fall further and further. Their spot keeps falling and Davis isn't helping. He only has one hit in his past eight games.
Who else could it be on the Padres? Jedd Gyorko's life the past two years has gone; great rookie season, sign a big contract and then play terribly, in that order. He has been awful for the Padres, and all fantasy teams, for the first two plus months.
Kung Fu Panda has been underperforming power-wise over the last two weeks. The team is still head and shoulders in first place in the NL West, which gives Pablo Sandoval some leeway to work himself out of this slump.
Erasmo Ramirez is pitching badly in a pitcher's park; there is nothing more cold than that.
Lance Lynn's ascension and descension between hot and cold depends on the day. One day he will throw a nine inning shutout, the next he won't last three innings. With a guy with this much talent, you expect more consistency.
The entire Tampa Bay Rays team should be on this list. They went from the favorites to win the AL East, to the worst team in the majors. Alex Cobb was supposed to give them a boost coming off the DL, but he has been bad. He has allowed 16 runs in his last three starts.
Shin Soo Choo was the Texas Rangers' big move, outside of their trade for Prince Fielder. One of those moves has already failed, with Fielder losing his season with an injury. Choo has not been what the Rangers were hoping for; he has a .260 batting average out of the opening slot with only three steals.
Anthony Gose has been starting as of late for the first place Toronto Blue Jays. With players like Jose Bautista, Jose Reyes and Edwin Encarnacion in the lineup, you can overlook the bad play of Gose.
Ryan Zimmerman was another big name who went through an injury this year. He came back on June 3 with some success, but you expect more with how little he has been in the lineup in recent years.
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