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Several good players are off to poor starts in the big leagues. Here's an All-Star team of those who are not getting it done.

May 05, 2012|By Mike Hiserman
  • Ervin Santana, the first pitcher to lose six games this year, has given up 11 home runs in what has been an overall disappointing season so far for the Angels.
Ervin Santana, the first pitcher to lose six games this year, has given up… (Justin Lane / EPA )

The early weeks of a Major League Baseball season are full of flops — good players off to bad starts. Deputy Sports Editor Mike Hiserman has put together All-Star teams of them:

(Statistics through Friday's games)

American League

Catcher: Russell Martin, New York Yankees

Hitting .172 with two HRs, six RBIs.

First base: Albert Pujols, Angels

Hitting .194 with as many HRs (or less) as you.

Second base: Robinson Cano, New York Yankees

Hitting .255 with one HR, four RBIs.

Third base: Mark Reynolds, Baltimore

Hitting .157 with 32 strikeouts in 70 at bats.

Shortstop: Erick Aybar, Angels

Hitting .211 after signing four-year extension.

Left field: Vernon Wells, Angels

After last year, is .220 a "slow" start?

Center field: Peter Bourjos, Angels

.180 average prompted team to go Trout fishing.

Right field: Jose Bautista, Toronto

Has five HRs but hitting only .177.

Designated hitter: Justin Morneau, Minnesota

.230 average about par for team.

Starting pitchers:

Ervin Santana, Angels

First six-game loser; given up 11 HRs.

Ubaldo Jimenez, Cleveland

30 hits, 20 BB/14 Ks in 282/3 IP.

Francisco Liriano, Minnesota

32 hits, 16 BB in 212/3 IP, 9.97 ERA.


Sergio Santos, Toronto

Loss, two blown saves in six games, then DL.

National League

Catcher: Rod Barajas, Pittsburgh

16 HRs last year; .140, no HRs, no RBIs this year.

First base: Gaby Sanchez, Miami

Hitting .190 with one HR, eight RBIs.

Second base: Rickie Weeks, Milwaukee

Hitting .177 with 30 Ks in 96 at bats.

Third base: Aramis Ramirez, Milwaukee

He's no Prince; hitting .204.

Shortstop: Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia

Hitting .229, no HRs, five RBIs.

Left field: Jason Bay, New York Mets

Injured again; 21 HRs in 233 games with Mets.

Center field: Drew Stubbs, Cincinnati

Hitting .242, two HRs, four steals.

Right field: Justin Upton, Arizona

Hitting .232 with 24 Ks in 82 at bats.

Starting pitchers:

Adam Wainwright, St. Louis

6.75 ERA; given up seven HRs in 262/3 IP.

Mat Latos, Cincinnati

Prized acquisition has 1-2 record with 5.97 ERA.

Tim Lincecum, San Francisco

Two-time Cy Young Award winner has 5.68 ERA.


Heath Bell, Miami

0-3 record; 4 blown saves, 13 hits, eight BBs in 72/3 IP.

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