If you’re new to the Dugout Dispatch, welcome to my favorite time of the week, when I unveil my Stinky Five. Every Friday I’ll scour the previous week’s news and standings to find the five stinkiest teams, players, coaches, really anything baseball related. Without further ado, here is the inaugural Stinky Five of 2010…
1. Baltimore Orioles
Was there any doubt? My beloved O’s are 2-14, their bullpen has blown four saves, and they’re hitting .225 as a team. This isn’t a bad start, it’s a terrible, awful, makes you want football season to start right away stinky start. Yes folks, it’s tough being an Orioles fan.
2. Alex Rodriguez
The Yankees’ hot start aside, A-Rod always seems to find himself in trouble. This week was no exception. After a long foul ball in yesterday’s game against Oakland, A-Rod decided to take a short cut back to first base. The problem? He jogged right across the pitcher’s mound, an unspoken no-no among baseball players. A’s pitcher Dallas Braden gave A-Rod an earful after the inning but the really stinky part is what A-Rod said about Braden after the game. “That was a little surprising. I’ve never quite heard that. Especially from a guy that has a handful of wins in his career.” Insulting a young pitcher’s record is low… even for A-Rod.
3. Chicago Cubs
The Cubs are 1-5 in their last six games and will now have Carlos Zambrano pitching in the eighth inning. That means they’ll have a set-up man with a $91.5 million contract. That’s stinky and ridiculous.
4. Boston Red Sox
Another April and another homerless start to the season for DH David Ortiz. With the Red Sox and O’s facing off this weekend, we’ll soon know which team really is the stinkiest of the AL East. But if the Sox want to get back on track, they need to bench their struggling DH who has a .146 batting average over 11 games.
5. Pittsburgh Pirates
Yes, there are teams with worse records than Pittsburgh. But no other team can match the Pirates’ numbers. They lost to the Brewers 20-0 on Thursday, a loss to complete a sweep and so lopsided I had to mention it. That loss and two others this week left the Bucs with a team ERA of 7.80, the highest of any team in the bigs.
Like my choices? Think I missed a serious stinky team, player or coach? Hit the comments and let me know. And check back here, every Friday, for another edition of the Stinky Five!