Biggest MLB Duds of Week 7, Position by Position
After taking last week off, B/R's All-Dud Team of the Week makes its triumphant return, and just in time. There were some truly awful performances put forth in the seventh week of the regular season. How awful were they?
If we were making a movie, these are the type of nausea-inducing showings that would garner a rare NC-17 rating from the Motion Picture Association of America. That's right—we're talking Showgirls awful.
Taking traditional and advanced statistics into consideration, here's a look at those who can't wait for Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer, to arrive. Perhaps warmer weather will melt the ice that has accumulated on their bats and arms over the past week.
Catcher: Yasmani Grandal, Los Angeles Dodgers
Injuries are never a reason to include a player on our All-Dud squad, but Yasmani Grandal didn't injure his right ankle until Saturday's action, so he had a full week of games to play his way off this team.
He failed to do so.
Los Angeles' starting catcher mustered only two hits last week, a single and a double, finishing up with a .080 batting average (2-for-25) with 10 strikeouts and a .200 OPS that was by far the worst among qualified catchers. A .457 mark belonging to Pittsburgh's Francisco Cervelli was the second lowest.
Derek Norris (SD): 6 G, .100 BA (2-for-20), 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 6 K, .474 OPS
First Base: Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees
You know you're having a bad week when your team owner rips you in public, as Hal Steinbrenner did Thursday. "I think when you look at a guy like Mark Teixeira, clearly he’s not playing to his potential with the bat," the Yankees boss told the New York Daily News' Christian Red.
To be fair, Teixeira wasn't the only Yankee that Steinbrenner took aim at, and the veteran handled the criticism about as well as anyone could. "I don't blame him," Teixeira told the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand. "I've been terrible the last month. I've just got to get it going, especially left-handed."
Whether it's left-handed, right-handed, with his eyes closed or while hopping on one foot, Teixeira still hasn't gotten going. He's reached base only once since Steinbrenner spoke out, and he ended the week hitting .160 (4-for-25) with 10 strikeouts and a .462 OPS.
Anthony Rizzo (CHC): 6 G, .045 BA (1-for-22), 1 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K, .199 OPS
Second Base: Brett Lawrie, Chicago White Sox
It might be time for Brett Lawrie to switch mouthpieces, because it sure looks like the vampire-inspired one he's been using has sucked the life out of his bat, earning him a spot on this week's All-Dud team.
He avoided going hitless for the week Saturday, with a single in Chicago's 2-1 loss to Kansas City, but his 1-for-19 showing in five games, which included nine strikeouts, is still pretty embarrassing. Really, the entire month has been that way for the 26-year-old, who has hit only .180 (11-for-61) with 28 strikeouts and a .570 OPS since going 3-for-3 with a home run against Baltimore on May 1.
Brian Dozier (MIN): 6 G, .130 BA (3-for-23), 1 BB, 6 K, .330 OPS
Third Base: Matt Duffy, San Francisco Giants
If Matt Duffy didn't have bad luck, he'd be a much happier—and more productive—ballplayer. Consider these telling stats, tweeted Wednesday by the Mercury News' Andrew Baggarly:
"Matt Duffy has a 27 percent line drive rate (NL average is 26 percent) yet is hitting 30 points below the NL average on balls in play. Plainly put, he's due."
This past week is a perfect example of what Baggarly is talking about, as Duffy had as many strikeouts as he did hits—two. He's putting the ball in play, but hitting it right at defenders most of the time. While bad luck might be to blame, it doesn't make his .105 batting average (2-for-19) or .211 OPS any prettier.
Juan Uribe (CLE): 7 G, .200 BA (5-for-25), 1 2B, 7 K, .440 OPS
Shortstop: Jose Iglesias, Detroit Tigers
Known more for his glove than his bat, Jose Iglesias nearly tripled his season RBI total over a two-game span last week, driving in five runs to give him eight RBI on the year. But that wasn't nearly enough to make up for a poor showing at the plate.
While his two hits on the week were productive ones, the .105 batting average (2-for-19) and .263 OPS Detroit's 26-year-old shortstop posted over six games were anything but productive.
Alexei Ramirez (SD): 6 G, .105 BA (2-for-19), 1 2B, 1 RBI, 4 K
Left Field: Gerardo Parra, Colorado Rockies
Gerardo Parra might be getting praise as a terrific clubhouse influence, as the Denver Post's Nick Groke wrote Saturday, but that doesn't change the fact that whether you go by OPS or by FanGraphs' wRC+ (weighted runs created plus) metric, Parra was the most unproductive player in baseball last week.
Nobody came close to matching his putrid .095 OPS and equally uninspiring minus-100 wRC+, while his .048 batting average (1-for-21) was five-hundredths of a point lower than Brett Lawrie's .053 mark for the week.
Matt Holliday (STL): 6 G, .087 BA (2-for-23), 2 RBI, 3 BB, 5 K, .323 OPS
Center Field: Kevin Pillar, Toronto Blue Jays
Even when his bat goes silent, Kevin Pillar still manages to impact games for Toronto, whether it be with his throwing arm or standing up for his teammates, as he did when he went after Texas' Rougned Odor in the midst of the bench-clearing brawl between the Blue Jays and Rangers last week.
But his bat was beyond silent over the past seven days—it was as if it went into the witness protection program. Only two players—Brett Lawrie and Gerardo Parra—posted a lower OPS than Pillar's .197 mark, while he sat tied with Yasmani Grandal for baseball's sixth-lowest batting average (.080) thanks to a 2-for-25 showing at the plate.
Austin Jackson (CHW): 6 G, .143 BA (3-for-21), 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 8 K, .364 OPS
Right Field: Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins
Heading into the season, it stood to reason that Giancarlo Stanton would put together a career-best year, with Miami hiring two of the best hitters the game has seen in the past 30 years—Don Mattingly and Barry Bonds—as its manager and hitting coach, respectively.
Instead, the Marlins' hulking right fielder finds himself in the worst slump of his career, one that extended into last week when he hit .048 (1-for-21) with a solo home run and 15 strikeouts.
"It's all about taking your time in your work and getting big G's feel back," Mattingly told the Associated Press, via Fox Sports. "You get out of sync a little bit, and the next thing you know it snowballs on you."
Over 19 May games, Stanton is hitting only .156 (10-for-64) with six extra-base hits (three home runs), six RBI and 28 strikeouts.
Matt Kemp (SD): 6 G, .048 BA (1-for-21), 1 HR, 2 RBI, 9 K, .236 OPS
Designated Hitter: Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers
Two weeks ago, Victor Martinez was unstoppable, hitting .542 (13-for-24) with as many walks (three) as strikeouts. Last week, Martinez drew more walks (two) than he had strikeouts (zero), but nearly everything he hit was right at a defender.
V-Mart's .100 batting average (2-for-20), .274 OPS and minus-28 wRC+ were the lowest among qualified designated hitters, but it wasn't enough to derail Detroit, which went 4-1 in the five games Martinez played.
Byung Ho Park (MIN): 6 G, .136 BA (3-for-22), 2 2B, 1 BB, 10 K, .401 OPS
Starting Pitcher: Alfredo Simon, Cincinnati Reds
Remember when Alfredo Simon was an All-Star pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds? It was only two years ago that he pulled it off, going 15-10 with a 3.44 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in the best season of his nine-year career.
Apparently, Simon has completely forgotten everything he learned that season, because the 35-year-old has been dreadful since returning to the Reds. Actually, dreadful might not be a strong enough word to describe his one start last week.
An offensively challenged Cleveland squad crushed him for 10 earned runs and 14 hits over only 4.1 innings of work, doing all that damage without hitting a home run. Simon only walked one batter, so it wasn't a case of shaky control on his part—just terrible pitching.
J.A. Happ (TOR): 2 GS, 0-2, 10.61 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 9.1 IP, 10 H, 11 ER, 4 BB, 7 K
Relief Pitcher: Steve Delabar, Cincinnati Reds
Like Alfredo Simon, Steve Delabar is a former All-Star, having made an appearance in the Midsummer Classic as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays in 2013. Like Simon, Delabar didn't come close to living up to his All-Star pedigree last week, getting thoroughly embarrassed by the opposition.
That he issued eight walks to the 16 batters he faced over 2.1 innings of relief certainly didn't help, and it helps to explain how he finished the week with an unsightly 3.86 WHIP, which in many ways is worse than the 15.43 ERA he pitched to, allowing four earned runs in his three appearances.
Caleb Cotham (CIN): 3 G, 0-1, 12.46 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, 4.1 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Unless otherwise noted, all statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs and are current through games on May 21. All contract information courtesy of Cot's Contracts (via Baseball Prospectus).
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