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The Stinky Five (April 23) 85


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!

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85 Comments

The Pirates always stink! But they are stinking more now because they have 2 for their 7 SP (on the 45 man roster) out and losing streak of 4 games! Stinky! Sombody call the Hefty bags!

How could they lrt A-ROD play.

Crazz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SO GROSS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i love lebron but he is going to be a bull

What about the astros they are habeing a trabble start

Were is david ortiz My mom is dioing better than him

Rodreigez should be #1 on this list

Rodreigez should be #1 on this list

Rodreigez should be #1 on this list

agree toatlly with almost everything.
Arod Rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Roger Clemens rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Orioles are the worst in baseball! Worst than the Nationals, which is pretty sad. The Yankees are #1 and are going to win the World Series....AGAIN.

the Orioles are cooler than a-rod!
I am going to miss lebron and know i dislike the celtics!

Arod and Roger clemnts are both cheaters

GO BOSTON RED SOX!!!!!!!!!!!!

Whats A-Rod doing

He's eating sunflower seeds!

The astros are a lot more stinky than the pirates!!!

friday is the best day lllllllllll ooooooooooooooo llllllllllllllll happy friday every 1

Sez who? It's definetly Monday. LOL!!!!

yankees are beast.

THat's right

stupid mariners we desreve it now

how aren't the astros in this

I dont know? Lance berkman stinks and so do the rest of the astros!

bo cubs bo!bo cubs bo! here chicago what do you say the cubs are goin to lose today!there the worst in the natinol league!

yes

andrew mccutchen for president!!!!!!!! go pirates

pirates overated!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yanks Rule!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

no way

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