We're officially at the halfway point of the season, and the All-Star Break is right around the corner! This is an article you're definitely going to want to read, as it will go over all of the worst money pitchers on the MLB odds this season.
There are a whopping four pitchers that already have at least $1,000 of profits this year, but at the other end of the spectrum, there are only two with more than $900 of losses. The two men that we have been talking about all year long at the bottom of the table have been the Angels' Joe Blanton and the Phillies' Cole Hamels, and none of that has changed over the course of the last couple of weeks, nor will it for the next several weeks in all likelihood.
Blanton has at least pitched well recently. He has allowed just a total of five earned runs in his last three starts, and he even got a win against the Houston Astros to show for his work to end June. However, the team has just given him no help whatsoever. The bullpen allowed seven runs against the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 23rd, and the offense produced just two runs against the Seattle Mariners the start prior to that. Blanton is a product of bad luck more than anything else, but his 3-13 record at -$1,399 mark are still inexcusable. Hamels meanwhile, has guided Philly to just a 3-14 record in his first 17 starts of the year, and he has cost bettors $1,592, easily the worst mark in the league. Hamels has watched his ERA balloon up to 4.58 over the course of these last few starts, and he is going to hope to get some salvation in the form of a trade by the July 31st deadline.
The Washington Nationals are still hovering right above the .500 mark, and if you took out games pitched by Dan Haren and Stephen Strasburg, you'd have one of the best teams in baseball. Haren and Strasburg both have Cy Young stuff, and though Strasburg has flashed it this year and has gotten totally unlucky, Haren has just been flat out bad. Haren has a 4-9 record and a 6.15 ERA, and batters are just teeing off on him every time he is on the mound Strasburg has watched his team score just four runs for him in total in his last four games, and he got a no-decision last night after allowing just three hits in seven scoreless innings. Washington lost 4-0. The Nats are a combined 10-21 in games with Haren or Strasburg pitching, and bettors have lost $1,704 in those games.
David Price came back from the DL for the first time in a month for the Tampa Bay Rays, and he was able to lead the team to an easy victory, albeit against the Astros. That brought him "up" to 3-7 and -$724 this year, making him the fifth worst pitcher in the game.
Most of the rest of the list of pitchers that we are going to be talking about either aren't in the majors any longer or are on the DL and won't be heard from for a while. Josh Beckett is probably done for the season, and he might be forced to retire after suffering a neck injury, and his season is going to end at 1-7 at -$715 for the Dodgers. Matt Magill didn't help LA's cause either when he went 0-6 and -$666 before getting optioned. Philip Humber and Wade LeBlanc both led their teams to 0-7 marks in their seven starts before getting sent down, and they cost their teams $702 and $707 respectively. The only other pitcher in the game to cost their team more than $600 of profits this year is Brandon Maurer for the Seattle Mariners, who went 2-8 in his 10 starts and -$621 before getting sent down.