Top 6 “Cold” MLB Players
The start of the Major League Baseball season hasn’t been good for every one in the league. The one name that stands out is former MVP Andrew McCutchen for the Pittsburgh Pirates. His slow and cold start has shown up in the National League Standings as the Pirates sit two games under .500 and in fourth place in the division.
The Pirates outfielder is hitting just .188 over his first 26 games with two home runs and just 13 runs batted in. Along with McCutchen the entire Pirates team is struggling as they enter May hitting just .227 with only 94 runs scored. Both of those statistics rank in the bottom of Major League Baseball.
Here are some of the other cold players around Major League Baseball.
Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies: The Phillies veteran second baseman is putting together his worst season of his career. Utley is hitting just .103 in 25 games this season with zero doubles, zero triples, one home run and just three runs batted in. The slow start now has put the Phillies in a difficult decision on whether or not they should release the 12 year veteran.
Bud Norris, Baltimore Orioles: Coming off a 15-8 season and a 3.65 earned run average helping the Orioles to their first AL East title since 1997. That success hasn’t rolled over to this season as he is just 1-3 in five starts. In those five starts, Norris has allowed 26 earned runs while walking 10 hitters. His struggles have not only hurt the club this season but also his future salary as he is in his final year under contract.
Shin-Soo Choo, Texas Rangers: Just a few seasons back Choo landed a massive seven year deal worth $130 million dollars. Unfortunately for the Rangers, Choo has not lived up to the salary he was awarded. Choo is hitting just .154 over his first 78 at bats with 25 strikeouts.
Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds: Bruce has provided a little pop this season for the Reds but has struggled to reach base consistently. In 91 at bats this season, Bruce has only 16 hits with five of them going for home runs. The Reds outfielder has also struck out nearly one in every three at bats this season. Once a prize piece to the Reds lineup is now fighting for a spot in the lineup.
Jeremy Guthrie, Kansas City Royals: While Guthrie is no top of the rotation starter he has been a viable option in the Royals rotation. That hasn’t been the case this year as Guthrie is just 1-2 with an earned run average of 6.52 in five starts. Luckily for the Royals the rest of the rotation has pitched well enough to keep the Royals atop the Central Division.
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