Myth Or Truth? Is There a Sports Illustrated Cover Curse?

Jon ChonarContributor IAugust 28, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 13:  Josh Willingham #16 of the Washington Nationals bats against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on May 13, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

There has been talk going around concerning the Cover Curse of Sports Illustrated.    Here a few I researched with some findings.

1.  February 23 Cole Hamels

Last year he was 14-10 with a 3.09 ERA.   After the cover shot he is currently 7-8 with 4.52 ERA.

2.  May 4 Zack Greinke

Before the cover he was 6-0 with a 0.50 ERA.  After the cover shot he is 6-8 with a 2.91 ERA.

3.  May 18 Manny Ramirez

Before the cover shot he had a .348 batting average with 6 home runs & 20 RBI's.  Since the cover shot he has a .284 batting average with 7 home runs & 26 RBI's.


4.  August 3 Mark Buhrle

Before he threw his no hitter and being on the cover he was  11-3 with a 3.45 ERA.  Since the no-hitter he has a 0-4 and a no decision and an ERA of 6.21.