MLB Players off to Horrible Starts Who Will Turn It Around Quickly

Chris Stephens@@chris_stephens6Correspondent IIApril 26, 2013

MLB Players off to Horrible Starts Who Will Turn It Around Quickly

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    Major League Baseball can be crazy sometimes with all-stars who start horribly.

    Before the season, they're expected to contend for a major award, but struggle through the first month of the season. From there, they can't get things going.

    Cliff Lee was like that in 2012 and multiple players have started like that this year.

    However, some will get things going after struggling early.

    Here's a look at 10 players who have had horrible starts, but will turn it around.

Stephen Strasburg

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    The thing that is most surprising about Stephen Strasburg is that he's 1-4 on the year with 28 strikeouts.

    He's had 20 strikeouts in his last three starts, but the one thing that is most surprising is that he's still yet to pitch past the seventh inning.

    And that's not just for this year, that's throughout his career.

    The Washington Nationals still aren't treating Strasburg like their ace.

    When the Nationals can start scoring runs for him and manager Davey Johnson leaves him in past the seventh when he's pitching well, Strasburg can right the ship.

Jason Heyward

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    Jason Heyward is currently on the disabled list after an appendectomy.

    Before landing on the DL, Heyward was batting .121 with two home runs and five RBI. It's a far cry from the .269 average with 27 home runs and 82 RBI from a year ago.

    When Heyward returns for the Atlanta Braves, he'll turn things around.

    He's still adjusting to a new offense that includes brothers B.J. and Justin Upton. But once he returns, he could find himself at another spot in the order, where he could find more success.

Matt Cain

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    Matt Cain may be the biggest surprise of April.

    Except, the surprise is the other way.

    Cain is 0-2 with a 6.59 ERA and 26 strikeouts.

    His April 7 start vs. the Cardinals was out of the norm for Cain as he gave up nine runs in one inning.

    That's very un-Cain like.

    He'll turn things around and become one of the better pitchers in baseball this year.

Asdrubal Cabrera

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    Asdrubal Cabrera has struggled at the plate this year for the Cleveland Indians.

    He's batting .156 with two home runs and five RBI in 2013.

    In fact, he hasn't gotten more than one hit in any game this year.

    There's no way Cabrera will continue on the route he's on.

    He's a lifetime .276 hitter who has too much talent to be hitting below the Mendoza line.

David Price

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    Who would have thought that last year's AL Cy Young winner would struggle this much out of the gate?

    David Price is 0-2 with a 5.52 ERA and 26 strikeouts.

    The Tampa Bay Rays haven't won any of his starts, but Price has only gotten past the sixth inning once this year.

    The eight runs he gave up against Cleveland on April 7 certainly didn't help, but it wasn't just that start. He's also given up at least one home run in four of his five starts.

    He's giving up just as many fly balls as he is grounders, which is where his problems are.

    Price will get the ball down and should turn things around over his next few starts.

Adam LaRoche

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    When the Nationals re-signed Adam LaRoche, they didn't expect to get the kind of production they're currently getting (or lack thereof).

    LaRoche does have decent power with three home runs thus far, but is batting .169.

    He saw his batting average hover around there in 2011 when he only played in 45 games. But he was expected to climb out of it.

    This year, LaRoche will do the same and get back around his lifetime .266 average.

Brett Anderson

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    Brett Anderson has only made a full slate of starts in one season (2009).

    However, this year was expected to be different for Anderson with the Oakland Athletics.

    He's struggled out of the gate so far, going 1-4 with a 7.23 ERA.

    Anderson has given up 17 runs in his last three starts after two good starts to begin the year.

    He'll get things turned around and help the A's make another run at a division title.

Josh Hamilton

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    When Josh Hamilton signed with the Los Angeles Angels in the offseason, both he and the team thought things would be better in the early going.

    However, it's been anything but good in the early part of the season.

    Hamilton is batting .225 with two home runs and eight RBI. He's struck out 24 times, which ranks 17th in baseball.

    No, things haven't been good for Hamilton.

    But this is Josh Hamilton and he's one of the game's best hitters. He has a great offense around him. Now he just has to relax and play baseball.

Cole Hamels

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    Cole Hamels was named the starter to begin the season for the Philadelphia Phillies.

    However, he's struggled out of the gate, going 0-3 with a 5.40 ERA.

    It seems like he's on the same track Cliff Lee was last year, which he never broke out of.

    But Hamels will break out of it at some point, mainly because the Phillies have a better offense behind him this year.

    Hamels is too good to continue his struggles.

    Look to his last start as some hope as he gave up two runs in a loss to the Pirates on April 23.

Jose Bautista

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    Injuries are something Jose Bautista has dealt with over the last two seasons.

    He's still hitting home runs, but his batting average is a lowly .190.

    With the Toronto Blue Jays expected to compete for a division title this year, things haven't gone the way the Blue Jays planned.

    Then again, things haven't gone the way Bautista thought they would for himself, either.

    Bautista is too good of a hitter to continue his struggles. However, if he's going to improve, other hitters around him are going to have to improve as well.