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The worst of the worst at the All-Star break

Jul 9, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

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Because the non-All-Stars deserve recognition too — even when they’d prefer to hide their faces — here’s a look at some midpoint leaderboards in reverse order.

OPS
1. Dee Gordon (SS LAD): .562
2. Cliff Pennington (SS Oak): .563
3. Cameron Maybin (CF SD): .596
4. Jamey Carroll (INF Min): .597
5. Justin Smoak (1B Sea): .597
6. Robert Andino (2B Bal): .611
7. Jemile Weeks (2B Oak): .620
8. Brandon Crawford (SS SF): .621
9. Alexei Ramirez (SS CWS): .628
10. Jordan Schafer (CF Hou): .634

Fangraphs WAR – position players
1. Ryan Raburn (2B Det): -1.4
2. Chone Figgins (UT Sea): -1.3
3. Brennan Boesch (RF Det): -1.3
4. Endy Chavez (LF Bal): -1.2
5. Chris Coghlan (CF Mia): -1.2
6. Tyler Pastornicky (SS Atl): -1.1
7. Brian Roberts (2B Bal): -1.0
8. Emmanuel Burriss (INF SF): -1.0
9. Marlon Byrd (CF ChC/Bos): -1.0
10. Jeff Francoeur (RF KC): -0.9

Baseball-reference WAR – position players
1. Francoeur: -1.9
2. Pastornicky: -1.6
3. Michael Young (DH Tex): -1.6
4. Raburn: -1.5
5. Coghlan: -1.5
6. Boesch: -1.4
7. Rickie Weeks (2B Mil): -1.4
8. Dee Gordon: -1.3
9. Endy Chavez: -1.1
10. Gaby Sanchez (1B Mia): -1.1

Outs made
1. J.J. Hardy (SS Bal): 287
2. Ichiro Suzuki (RF Sea): 275
2. Ian Kinsler (2B Tex): 275
4. Jimmy Rollins (SS Phi): 269
5. Derek Jeter (SS NYY): 264
6. Starlin Castro (SS ChC): 262
6. Jose Reyes (SS Mia): 262
8. Yunel Escobar (SS Tor): 261
9. M. Young: 260
9. Ian Desmond (SS Was): 260

Stolen-base percentage (min. 5 attempts)
1. Miguel Olivo (C Sea): 20% (1-for-5)
1. Francoeur: 20% (1-for-5)
3. David DeJesus (OF ChC): 29% (2-for-7)
4. Matt Kemp (CF LAD): 40% (2-for-5)
4. Jason Bourgeois (OF KC): 40% (2-for-5)
4. Evan Longoria (3B TB): 40% (2-for-5)
4. Asdrubal Cabrera (SS Cle): 40% (2-for-5)
8. Willie Bloomquist (INF Ari): 43% (6-for-14)
8. Justin Ruggiano (OF Mia): 43% (3-for-7)
8. Collin Cowgill (OF Oak): 43% (3-for-7)

ERA (qualified for ERA title)
1. Tim Lincecum (SF): 6.42
2. Jake Arrieta (Bal): 6.13
3. Mike Minor (Atl): 5.97
4. Randy Wolf (Mil): 5.80
5. Hector Noesi (Sea): 5.77
6. Ervin Santana (LAA): 5.75
7. Clay Buchholz (Bos): 5.53
8. Ricky Romero (Tor): 5.22
9. Bruce Chen (KC): 5.22
10. J.A. Happ (Hou): 5.14

ERA (min. 20 IP)
1. Manny Acosta (NYM): 11.86
2. Josh Outman (Col): 9.00
3. Guillermo Moscoso (Col): 8.23
4. Nick Blackburn (Min): 8.10
5. Chris Volstad (ChC): 7.94
6. Chien-Ming Wang (Was): 7.61
7. Daniel Hudson (Ari): 7.35
8. Jhoulys Chacin (Col): 7.30
9. Jesse Chavez (Tor): 7.08
10. Liam Hendriks (Min): 7.04

fWAR
1. Bobby Cassevah (LAA): -0.7
2. Acosta: -0.7
3. Josh Lindblom (LAD): -0.7
4. Blackburn: -0.6
5. Mark Rzepczynski (StL): -0.6
6. Brad Brach (SD): -0.5
7. Rafael Dolis (ChC): -0.5
8. Noesi: -0.5
9. Collin Balester (Det): -0.5
10. Francisco Cordero (Tor): -0.5

rWAR
1. Lincecum: -2.0
2. Acosta: -1.9
3. Blackburn: -1.8
4. Minor: -1.7
5. Volstad: -15
6. Heath Bell (Mia): -1.3
7. E. Santana: -1.3
8. Jason Marquis (Min/SD): -1.2
9. Hendriks: -1.2
10. Noesi: -1.2

Quality start percentage (qualified for ERA title)
1. Lincecum: 22.2%
2. Wolf: 29.4%
2. Erik Bedard (Pit): 29.4%
4. Minor: 31.3%
5. Randall Delgado (Atl): 31.3%
6. Arrieta: 33.3%
7. Lucas Harrell (Hou): 35.3%
8. Buchholz: 35.7%
9. Matt Moore (TB): 41.2%
9. Noesi: 41.2%
9. Dan Haren (LAA): 41.2%
9. E. Santana: 41.2%
9. Luke Hochevar (KC): 41.2%

Blown saves (closers)
1. Brandon League (Sea): 6 in 15 chances
1. H. Bell: 6 in 25 chances
3. John Axford (Mil): 5 in 20 chances
4. Aroldis Chapman (Cin): 4 in 15 chances
4. Rafael Betancourt (Col): 4 in 19 chances
4. Alfredo Aceves: 4 in 23 chances
4. Jason Motte (StL): 4 in 24 chances
4. Santiago Casilla (SF): 4 in 25 chances

Blown saves (setup men)
1. Chad Qualls (Phi/NYY): 5
1. Rzepczynski (StL): 5
3. Pedro Strop (Bal): 4
3. David Hernandez (Ari): 4
3. Andrew Cashner (SD): 4
3. Rex Brothers (Col): 4
3. Francisco Rodriguez (Mil): 4

  1. southofheaven81 - Jul 9, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Yeesh. Poor Tim. I really hope he figures it out, he’s a hell of a lot of fun.

  2. Jeremy T - Jul 9, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    So who would be the worst at each position? Could we put together the worst possible roster for the first half of 2012?

  3. sdelmonte - Jul 9, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Huh. No Ike Davis in sight. Maybe he isn’t that bad after all. (Not that I thought he was.)

  4. metalhead65 - Jul 9, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    so you and your super stats are saying Chapman is one of worst closers in baseball?I will take my chances on his 100mph+ fastball over anybody else even if he did hit a rough patch last month.

    • oltanya - Jul 9, 2012 at 7:21 PM

      The only “super stat” that even mentions Chapman in any light on that list is saves, meaning Chapman gave up runs in a fairly arbitrary situation entirely devoid of his own influence. Learn the difference.

    • kkolchak - Jul 9, 2012 at 9:03 PM

      Be my guest. I’d rather have a closer who gets batters out and doesn’t blow saves.

      • metalhead65 - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:35 PM

        right because nobody ever blows a save especially a guy doing it for the first time after being used as set up guy then being stretched into a starter then thrown back in the pen. nobody said he was the worst anything during his first month when he was striking out everybody. so he hit a rough patch all closers do,he looked pretty good the last 2 days though.

      • Ari Collins - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:47 PM

        He has great stuff. But you’re admitting his performance hasn’t matched his stuff. There are definitely reasonably valid excuses for that, but yeah, it’s not a magic advanced wizard stat that he’s blown leads. Which is, you know. Kind of his job to avoid doing.

    • cktai - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:57 AM

      The super stats actually don’t mention Chapman. The saves stats does. If you pay any proper attention to the blog, you’d realise much of the criticism here is because award voters focus too much on the useless save stat.

      The super stats say the following: FIP 1.51 (2nd best in MLB), xFIP 1.63 (2nd best), fWAR 1.8 (best RP). They say that outside of Kimbrel he’s been the best reliever this season.

      Good to know you will join us in our goal to get rid of obsolete stats like wins, saves and RBIs.

  5. oltanya - Jul 9, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Brian Roberts: -1 fWAR in 17 games. Like a boss.

  6. 11thstreetmafia - Jul 9, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    What the hell do some these stats mean?

    • KR - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:20 PM

      Maybe this will help? http://bit.ly/L4XCy3

      • foreverchipper10 - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:48 AM

        How do you do something like that?

  7. mydadyourmom - Jul 9, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    He’s not on the list but Frankie Cordero is my first half LVP.

  8. blazertop - Jul 9, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Team = the Lastros

  9. deathmonkey41 - Jul 9, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    I hope Jack Zduriencik enjoys Justin Smoak and his .203 BA. He was the player that he so had to have that he screwed the Yankees over at the last minute in the Lee trade.

    • madnova - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:11 PM

      You are right…the Mariners would be much better off with Jesus Montero….Oh wait…

  10. dondada10 - Jul 9, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    wRC+ has Cliff Pennington at 60 through 300 Plate Appearances. MLB average is 100. Yikes.

  11. hushbrother - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Is there any doubt that the LVP in baseball this year so far is Heath Bell? If I was a Marlins fan I’d already hate him with a passion that I’d carry to my grave.

  12. deepstblu - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Shouldn’t “leaderboards in reverse order” really be trailerboards?

  13. kwf1224 - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Tim Lincecum has a 6.42 ERA. What’s happened to him?

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