When MLB teams begin planning and planning their season, they often have expectations attached to each roster member.
Seeing these players underperform or struggle will often affect teams in the standings.
These three pitchers failed to produce anything close to what their true level of talent would suggest.
3. Jose Berrios, Toronto Blue Jays
When the Toronto Blue Jays traded for Jose Berrios last season, before the deadline, they were hoping for a solid 2-3 number.
They got it: In 70.1 innings with the Jays, mostly against tough American League opponents, Berrios had a 3.58 ERA.
This performance earned him a huge extension.
However, in 2022 he has failed to live up to the expectations he set for himself last year.
Until Thursday, the talented right-hander is underperforming with an unusually high 4.75 ERA for him.
For three consecutive seasons, from 2019 to 2021, he struck out more than nine batters over nine innings.
This year, that number is 6.65.
His fastball speed is still stable, averaging around 94 mph, so it’s not like he’s lost any speed.
But Berrios is missing less bats than ever: His swing swing rate (SwStr%) is 8.0, down from 9.9 last year and 10.2 for his career.
He’s good enough to bounce back anytime, but there’s no doubt he’s disappointed so far.
2. Patrick Corbin, Washington Nationals
From 2017 to 2019, Patrick Corbin was one of the best left-handers in the game.
But his numbers started to drop in 2020 (4.66 ERA), continued to drop in 2021 (5.82 ERA) and bottomed out in 2022, with a horrible 6.30 ERA in 50 frames.
As you can see, his struggles aren’t exactly new, but are considered a disappointment due to his inability to become an above average pitcher again.
And he’s not old, at 32.
The Corbin debacle isn’t the only reason the Nationals have been bad since winning it all in 2019, but it certainly hasn’t helped.
His 17.9 strikeout percentage is the worst of his career, so it’s not like there’s any light at the end of the tunnel.
We’ve seen crazier things, but it’s hard to envision a career turnaround from Corbin at this point.
It took nearly two full months of baseball, and Patrick Corbin recorded his first win of 2022 with a quality start.
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— Speak Nats ⚾ (@TalkNats) May 27, 2022
1. Aaron Civale, Cleveland Guardians
Without the ace potential of some of his rotation mates, Aaron Civale was to be a consistent and enduring member of staff; one who could take the ball all five days, keep his ERA below four and give the Guardians a chance to win every outing.
This did not happen in 2022.
Civale has the third-worst ERA among starters with at least 30 innings in 2022, at 7.84.
That’s a horrible number, considering that in 2021 he was that starter described in the first paragraph.
Last year he finished with a 3.84 ERA in 124.1 innings: although he lost time to injury, he showed he had the potential to be a starter above average in MLB.
Right now he looked more like a Triple-A depth, unfortunately, before he got injured.
Civale is currently on the 15-day injured list with left gluteal pain but is expected to return in a week or two.
However, he will have to perform well to keep his place in the rotation.
The biggest disappointment is a tie between several pitchers (Civale, Melancon, Bubic are all notable here)
The biggest surprise is 1 correct answer and its Taylor Ward. I thought it would eventually be good, but not this good. https://t.co/Ot5VZBaJbX
— Casey Hertzler (@SometimesHertz) May 16, 2022