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Jair Jurrjens struggles are the biggest disappointment of the season.
It's obvious that the biggest disappointment in Atlanta so far this season has been the performance of Jair Jurrjens. He had to be demoted to Triple-A after his most recent bad start in Los Angeles. Jurrjens was arguably the best pitcher in the National League in the first half of the 2011 season before a knee injury forced him to miss most of the rest of the season.
Jurrjens spent the winter resting and working out, and Braves fans were confident that he was ready to be a key piece of the rotation. Some regression was to be expected, as his sabermetric numbers suggested he had been a bit lucky last season when he posted a 2.96 ERA.
Still no one expected Jurrjens to be this bad. Through four starts he was 0-2 with a 9.37 ERA. He had trouble pitching five innings per start and saw his fastball velocity drop. It wasn't that Jurrjens was just getting hit hard, he just didn't look right out there on the mound and had lost his confidence.
Jurrjens could still return to help the Braves in 2012, but it just appears that he has a lot to work on for that to become a possibility. The Braves have many options for their rotation, which will only make it tougher for Jurrjens to get back to Atlanta as a Julio Teheran or Kris Medlen could pass him.