Like Carlos Zambrano, big-time pitchers Justin Verlander, Jake Peavy, and Josh Beckett are off to awful starts. They are not alone. Names like Jon Lester, Aaron Harang, Javier Vazquez, Chad Billingsley, and Jeremy Bonderman join them on this list of the Top 10 worst pitchers in 2010.
Virtually all of these pitchers have two things in common: 1) They were expected to be aces, stoppers, shutdown grinders, and strike-one dealers, and 2) They are all disappointing.
Let’s take a look at how bad they all really are, see if they’re improving, and ask ourselves:
Is this just an April shower? Can they turn it around?
Or is it the beginning of a season-long thunderstorm?