The start to the 2010 Major League Baseball season has not been kind to these pitchers. Scary-bad production is what they all have in common. Pinch their arms because they hope it was all just a bad dream.
1) The Pittsburgh Pirates' Pitching Staff
Hayden Penn, Daniel McCutchen, and Charlie Morton were absolutely terrible on the mound this week. The Pirates’ pitching staff takes the top spot.
1. RP Hayden Penn gave up eight hits, eight earned runs, and three walks in just two innings in relief. With a 30.86 ERA, the Pirates have already reacted by designating Penn for assignment.
2. SP Daniel McCutchen was brutalized in three innings on the mound. He gave up six hits, nine earned runs, and three walks. The 24.30 ERA has sent the Pirates’ starting pitcher out of the big leagues and back to Triple-A
3. SP Charlie Morton was rocked for three innings. Morton gave nine hitters swings that didn’t give his infield a chance, eight crossed the plate, and he walked one. The only bright light for Morton was his six strike outs.
The 21.60 ERA and grand slam shadowed his good performances this spring. Morton should just be glad he is still on the team unlike his other aforementioned teammates.
2) SP Randy Choate (TB)
Choate in relief allowed seven earned runs, nine hits, with two innings pitched. His 27.00 ERA will not sit well with Tampa Bay fans.
3) SP Jo-Jo Reyes (ATL)
Jo-Jo’s 24.30 ERA is the result of giving up ten hits, nine earned runs, and three walks against the San Diego Padres.
Jo-Jo Reyes is on the 15-day DL because of a sore right knee.
4) Kansas City Royals' Pitching Staff Excluding Zach Greinke
1. SP Luis Mendoza
7 H, 8 ER, 2 BB, 24.00 ERA
2. SP Gil Meche
8 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 18.90 ERA
3. RP Roman Colon
5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 18.00 ERA
5) RP Frank Francisco (TEX)
He is the biggest surprise on this list. Francisco gave up eight hits, six earned runs, and two walks landing him an 18.00 ERA with only three innings of work. There was a lot of hope for this kid.
The Texas pitcher has two blown saves and was removed from his duties as the Rangers’ closer.
6) SP Jason Marquis (WAS)
Washington must not be thrilled with Jason Marquis right now. He gave up fourteen hits, twelve earned runs, five walks, and sports a 12.96 ERA. Marquis needs better outings or he will be wearing minor league uniforms on and off throughout the season.
7) SP John Maine (NYM)
Maine let 15 hits get by, allowing 12 earned runs. The 13.50 ERA is the result of two disgusting back-to-back starts. Maine surprisingly is still in the Mets' rotation.
8) SP Vincente Padilla (LAD)
In eight innings of work, Padilla has disappointed the Dodgers with fourteen hits, eleven earned runs, four walks, and 11.42 ERA.
9) SP Jake Peavy (CWS)
Jake Peavy gave up fifteen hits, ten earned runs, five walks, and 8.44 ERA after returning from a outing in Triple-A.
10) SP Doug Davis (MIL)
On the mound for seven innings was enough time for Doug Davis to give up thirteen hits, ten earned runs, five walks, and post a 12.27 ERA.
Davis threw two wild pitches against Colorado and never settled down.
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