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)
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.
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.
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.
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.