The 2012 MLB season has been a great one for pitching. The race for the Cy Young Award in each league is competitive, with multiple candidates making a strong case for postseason honors.
Defending Cy Young Award winners Justin Verlander and Clayton Kershaw are both pitching well enough to win the award again, though other ace pitchers like Jered Weaver, Chris Sale, Johnny Cueto and R.A. Dickey are among those presenting a strong challenge.
Yet there has also been some awful pitching in the major leagues this season. There have been some performances that have been painful for fans to watch (and reporters and bloggers to write about). It's been so bad for some unfortunate pitchers that you can hardly bear to look each time they take the mound.
Before listing the pitchers we think have been the worst this season, it's worth mentioning that a couple of names that could be on the list aren't because of their previous achievements.
The San Francisco Giants' Tim Lincecum and Boston Red Sox's Jon Lester have been two of the worst starters in baseball this year. Yet each has been one of the best starting pitchers in baseball during his career. And both appear to be turning themselves around later in the season. So they're not on this list.
With that qualifier out of the way, these eight pitchers have been terrible this season, giving their team no chance to win when they take the mound or blowing games at the end.
Your suggestions for other pitchers who should be on the list are welcome in the comments. But in our view, these are the eight hurlers who likely can't wait for the season to end.
All statistics are current as of August 14.