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MLB's Worst Stat Lines Thus Far

Drew ReynoldsContributor IIIMay 13, 2013

MLB's Worst Stat Lines Thus Far

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    We're quickly approaching the quarter mark of the baseball season, and it's around this time where players' statistics start to level out.

    No one is on pace for 150 home runs or 250 RBI anymore. Batting averages along with ERAs are receding to the normal range.

    However, this is not true for all. There are still a few unfortunate players out there struggling to reach the Mendoza Line, and others with ERAs that are sore on the eyes.

    Here are the players with the worst stat lines currently in the MLB, excluding those with very limited appearances.

B.J. Upton

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    2013 Stats: .153 AVG, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 8 R

    While his brother Justin Upton is raking with his new team, the other Upton on the Braves is doing everything but.

    B.J. Upton's never been known for a strong batting average (.242 over the last three years), but 19 hits in 121 at-bats is not what Atlanta was expecting when they signed the older of the two brothers to a five-year, $75.25 million contract this offseason.

    I guess three homers isn't that bad; however, it doesn't rectify his .153/.248/.258 batting line.

Ryan Flaherty

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    2013 Stats: .131 AVG, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 7 R

    Last year as the Orioles' Rule 5 draft pick, Ryan Flaherty did a decent job filling in for the oft-injured Brian Roberts at second base on occasion, but for the most part was the O's' utility man.

    This year, as the main second baseman since another Roberts injury, the 26-year-old has been rather bad at the plate, to say the least.

    His OPS is astonishingly low at .426, and he only has 11 hits in his 84 at-bats.

Brendan Ryan and Robert Andino

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    Brendan Ryan: .122 AVG, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 5 R

    Robert Andino: .159 AVG, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 5 R

    Both shortstops for the Seattle Mariners are solid in the field. Offensively, however, is a completely different story.

    Combined, they are 20-for-145. That's not good.

    Ryan has an impressively bad line, batting .122/.198/.122, making for a microscopic .320 OPS. Yep, all 10 of his hits have been singles.

    Andino has been a little better, but it would be almost impossible to be worse. His line stands at .159/.221/.206.

Jeff Keppinger

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    2013 Stats:  .187 AVG, 0 HR, 6 RBI, 7 R

    Jeff Keppinger, who's career average is .283, has been known for his ability to put the ball in play and get some hits.

    This year has been different. He still puts the ball in play, but hits are virtually nonexistent, having only 23 in 123 at-bats.

    Out of qualified batters, Keppinger ranks last in the majors in OBP (.184), slugging (.203), OPS (.387) and wins above replacement (minus-1.4).

Luis Cruz

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    2013 Stats: .088 AVG, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R

    I wasn't going to put Luis Cruz here, as he only has 68 at-bats, but I couldn't resist.

    When you have a line that reads .088/.113/.088, have only six singles in 68 ABs and you're not a pitcher, you deserve your own slide on a "Worst Stat Lines" slideshow.

Vance Worley

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    2013 Stats: 1-4, 8 GS, 7.15 ERA, 1.95 WHIP

    The Minnesota Twins have surprised many, as they currently hold a respectable 17-17 record. But Opening Day starter Vance Worley hasn't really helped their cause.

    Acquired from the Phillies for outfielder Ben Revere in the offseason, the Twins expected that Worley, who pitched well for the Phillies over the last few years, would be successful in the confines of pitcher-friendly Target Field.

    That has yet to be the case, as his only good start came away from home and opponents are hitting .379 off the 25-year-old.

Philip Humber

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    2013 Stats: 0-8, 9 G, 7 GS, 9.59 ERA, 2.02 WHIP

    Since pitching his perfect game with the White Sox last season, everything has gone downhill for the 30-year-old Philip Humber.

    Racking up eight loses before the middle May and getting designated for assignment by the lowly Houston Astros is about as far as a pitcher can possibly fall.

Mitchell Boggs

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    2013 Stats: 0-2, 2 SV, 14 G, 12.66 ERA, 2.72 WHIP

    Despite two saves, it's safe to say 2013 has been a failure for Mitchell Boggs.

    Fifteen earned runs and 12 walks in 10.2 innings just isn't going to get it done, no matter how well he pitched the previous season.

    Boggs was sent down to Triple-A Memphis roughly a week ago.

Roy Halladay

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    2013 Stats: 2-4, 7 GS, 8.65 ERA, 1.46 WHIP

    What makes Roy Halladay's elevated ERA all the more impressive is that for three straight starts in the middle of April, Doc pitched fantastic.

    It seems like all those years as a workhorse, capable of completing any game he started, are finally taking their toll on the veteran. He will undergo surgery on his shoulder this week, and he hopes to return some point later this season.

Honorable Mentions

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    Adam Dunn: A .137 average is bad, even for Adam Dunn. He does have six home runs at least.

    Aaron Hicks: He's tied with Dunn for the worst average in the majors of qualified batters at .137, but at least he's driven in 13 runs and has scored 13 times.

    Danny Espinosa: The Nats second baseman has only been on base 26 times in 113 plate appearances, trailing only Keppinger for the league's worst with his .222 OBP.

    Jason Heyward: The 23-year-old was only batting .121/.261/.259 before going down injured.

    Ryan Vogelsong: Out of qualified pitchers, Vogelsong is last in the MLB with his 7.78 ERA.

    Josh Wall: Fourteen earned runs in seven innings was enough to get the Dodgers reliever optioned to Triple-A.

    Brayan Villarreal: In seven appearances for Detroit, Villarreal had a 20.77 ERA and 3.69 WHIP.

    Jonathan Sanchez: 0-3 with a 11.85 ERA is pretty bad.

    John Axford: Axford couldn't even get one save before getting lifted out of the closer role. His ERA remains high at 9.22.

    Brad Peacock: Houston isn't very good. Its pitching is one example of this. Peacock was 1-3 with a 9.41 ERA before being optioned to Triple-A.

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