Pitching wins championships except for when your offense is completely depleted. A lack of home runs, base runners, and a batting average only Dave Kingman might brag about, these are the three worst lineups in the 2014 MLB season.
There’s not much to like about the 2014 Houston Astros. A few pitchers have had respectable seasons so far, but the offense has taken a step back. Only second baseman Jose Altuve has played well while the rest of the players have lived up to the team’s reputation as the worst in the league.
In the starting lineup only Altuve and veteran Dexter Fowler are hitting above .250. Third baseman Matt Dominquez has flirted with that mark, but will most likely continue to bounce around between .240 and .260 at best. Rookie George Springer has improved from his terrible start though, which gives some immediate promise for the team’s future.
The biggest weakness for the Astros seems to be just making contact. This team strikes out way too often. Their on-base percentages look more like batting averages. While Chris Carter and Jason Castro do provide a power threat, they are going down on strikes at a rate that makes the home runs they hit far less important.
New York Mets
At the forefront of another poor season for the New York Mets is the batting lineup they send to the plate every game. David Wright has lost his power stroke and a couple of expensive free agents have been big disappointments.
Many, at least a few naïve Mets fans, thought the team could contend in 2014 thanks to outfielders Chris Young and Curtis Granderson coming to town. Each has been able to supply the team with a bit of power, but at the cost of their batting averages. The two incoming veterans are playing more like players on their way out. Meanwhile youngsters like Ruben Tejada and Travis d’Arnaud have made the team yearn for anyone else.
Only Daniel Murphy has performed up to expectations, although a few have exceeded them. Juan Lagares has played very well in centerfield and Lucas Duda is a big improvement from the departed Ike Davis. The Mets are what they are; a team of underachievers who would consider finishing in third place parade-worthy.
San Diego Padres
Blame it on Petco Park all you want, the San Diego Padres are no threat with bats in their hands. No big names along with veteran journeymen in the lineup, there’s very little offensive support for the team’s pitchers to rely on for wins.
Outfielder Seth Smith has been the one player to shine and he is playing far above his skillset. The team has all but given up on Cameron Maybin ever becoming a star and is left with a squad full of batting averages close to matching, or in some cases, below their weight.
Players who should be doing better than they are include Chase Headley, Everth Cabrera, and the young Jedd Gyorko whom the team has touted in the past as a future star. Add first baseman Yonder Alonso to this threesome to complete the infield and this might be one of the worst hitting infields in history. For a team with a talented bullpen and starting rotation it’s a shame they are unable to find anyone to help drive in runs.