MLB Top 6: This season’s worst money starting pitchers
The great thing about discussing the worst starting pitchers on Covers.com’s MLB Money Starter Standings is that you get to dump on the guys who are costing you a mint.
Most of these guys are performing well below the standards books and bettors have for this season, meaning they’re losing games as big favorites, forcing you to pull your hair out.
Here’s a look at the good, bad and the ugly with these six starters. Check out Covers.com’s full MLB starter money statistics. No. 213 – Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals: -7.46 units
Coming off last season’s elbow surgery, you’d think the Cardinals would give Wainwright some more help. They have scored just seven runs in his last four starts, during which time he struck out at least six batters in all of those outings. He owns a 1.17 WHIP over his last three.No. 214 – Chris Volstad, Chicago Cubs: -8.00 units
Volstad lost his spot in the Cubs’ rotation at the end of May after posting a 7.46 ERA in eight starts and is now getting swatted around in Iowa. Travis Wood has moved into his spot and just picked up his first win Tuesday.No. 215 – Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies: - 8.96 units
Somehow, Lee is still searching for his first victory of the season despite allowing fewer than four runs in seven of his 11 starts. He also has 77 strikeouts and only 14 walks in 77 2/3 innings. Philadelphia has won just three of his outings. No. 216 – Henderson Alvarez, Toronto Blue Jays: -10.31 units
Last year, Alvarez’s sinker was devastating. He yielded eight homers in 10 starts awhile striking out 5.7 batters per nine innings. But this year, with his sinker hanging in the strike one, he’s already served up 16 homers in 13 starts with only 27 punch-outs in 90 innings. Until he fixes his sinker, he’s in the no-play zone.No. 217 – Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants: -11.48 units
The Giants continue to preach patience with The Freak, but you have to wonder if change is coming. Lincecum has allowed at least four runs in seven of his last eight starts and the Giants have dropped each of his last nine outings. No. 218 – Dan Haren, Los Angeles Angels: -11.87 units
Things are bound to turn around for the league’s worst money starter and maybe the tide is already shifting. The Angels have won three of his last five outings and he owns a 3.97 ERA with 77 strikeouts and only 19 walks in 88 1/3 innings. On the ugly side, he has served up five homers in his last two starts.