’30-YOC Top Ten’ – Top 10 Disappointments From The 2011 Baseball Season

’30-YOC Top Ten’ – Top 10 Disappointments From The 2011 Baseball Season

Ok, so last week I gave you my ‘Top Ten Surprises’ from the 2011 baseball season.  Sadly, for every hero that emerged, there was one that fell off…

Tonight it is all about the guys that did not live up to their hype.  The guys that may have been at the mountaintops, and are now looking up.

Ready?   Let’s Go!!!

Honorable Mention – Albert Pujols, Chase Utley, Chris Coghlan, Roy Oswalt, AJ Burnett, Ricky Nolasco, Joe Mauer, Tim Lincecum, Carl Crawford, and Justin Morneau.

10 – San Francisco Giants.  The Giants finished the season 86-76 and in second place in their division.  Lacking the dominance from Tim Lincecum as well as not having Buster Posey in their lineup really hurt the team’s chances of defending their championship.

9 – Alex Rodriguez.  Playing in only 99 games due to multiple injuries, A-Rod only connected for 16 home runs and 62 RBI, both well below his normal numbers.  His .276 batting average is 26 points below his career average.

8 – Jason Heyward.  Heyward batted just .227 on the season and never found his stroke.  Connecting for 14 home runs and only 42 RBI, Heyward was shuffled into several spots of the batting order and never established consistency at the plate.

7 – Hanley Ramirez.  Hanley played in just 92 games this season, one in which he missed almost 70 games.  His .243 batting average is 63 lower than his career average.  Hanley’s 10 home runs and 45 RBI are both career lows.

6 – Matt Garza.  With the chance of being the Cubs’ ace on the line, Garza was average at best.  Going 10-10 with 31 starts, Garza threw 198 innings and compiled a 3.32 ERA. 

5 – Jayson Werth.  After signing a blockbuster deal in the off-season, Werth was pretty bad in his debut season with the Nationals.  His .232 batting average was 64 points off his number from 2010.  And his 58 RBI was his lowest in the last 5 seasons.

4 – Ichiro.  2011 was definitely a down year for Ichiro.  It was the first season in which he did not collect 200 hits; he had just 184.  His .272 batting average is 58 points below his career number, and also marks the first time he hit under .300 in his career.

3 – Adam Dunn.  Dunn had a horrible season batting .159, 101 points lower than his 2010 average.  Dunn connected for just 11 home runs and 42 RBI, well off of his 30+/100+ averages.

2 – Josh Johnson.  Johnson enters each season being touted as one of the NL’s best talents.  And each year he fails to stay healthy enough to pitch an entire campaign.  Starting just 9 games in 2011, JJ was 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA.  He pitched just 60 innings during the year.

1 – Boston Red Sox.  The most hyped and predicted World Series contender that we have seen over the last few years, the Red Sox crumbled right before our eyes.  Of their 2 major off-season acquisitions, 1 was extremely successful and 1 was horrible.  The team that most people picked to compete for a World Series had one of the most horrible and public collapses in major league baseball history.

No real surprise at #1, huh??

Tell me what you think of the other on my list.  Did I miss anyone or anything that you think should have been there??

Thanks for reading.

6 responses to “’30-YOC Top Ten’ – Top 10 Disappointments From The 2011 Baseball Season

  1. Tim Lincecum can only do so much by himself. Instead of looking at his win – loss record, people should look at how the Giants offense failed him by not scoring any runs in 10 of his starts and in 21 of his 33 the offense scored 2 runs or less. You can’t win games without scoring runs. His ERA of 2.74 is below his career ERA of 2.98 and he had a decent WHIP of 1.207 which is only off slightly from his career WHIP of 1.188. So the Giants offense is the real disappointment in this case.

    Justin Morneau should not be on the list since he was battling an array of injuries including coming back from a concussion and if he’s on the list then Brian Roberts needs to be on the list as well.

    The Braves should be on the list considering they had an epic meltdown just like the Red Sox.

    Everything else on the list was pretty good!

    • Matt- You make some very valid points, especially for the case of Tim Lincecum. As for Morneau, the expectations of hi are far greater than that of Brian Roberts…. Thanks.

      • I agree with Matt. Rather than Mauer and Morneau being on the list, the entire Twins team should be. When you spend upwards of $115 million in payroll, and come within 1 game of losing 100, you need to be on any list of disappointments.

        Otherwise, this list is spot on work.

  2. Besides a couple of other players who had a failing year … and a team or two who failed at the end of the season …. Id say your top 10’s pretty acurate.
    Id really have to agree w/ you …. Alex Rodriguez is a failure. His entire career has been fraudulent.

  3. I think in the case of Brian Roberts the expectations are even higher than of Morneau because without Roberts the Orioles who have problems of scoring runs with him don’t score any runs without him. With Morneau the team didn’t score runs without just him it was a combination of off years by the entire Twins offense….

  4. Vernon Wells… His batting made baby Jesus cry.

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