The All-Star Break is upon us, and until game action starts up again on Friday, we're going to do a brief season in review of the 2012 MLB season thusfar. Our staff has voted on a variety of awards, and we're going to roll them out over the next four days.
Next up in today's "unofficial" awards: the most disappointing player of the MLB season. A lot of players started off slow, and eventually snapped out of their funks. There are also other players who are just real young, and have hit a speed bump that they're trying like hell to jump over.
Most Disappointing Player
Tim Lincecum (four votes)
Rickie Weeks (two votes)
Dan Haren (one vote)
Adrian Gonzalez (one vote)
You can say what you want about Tim Lincecum this year, but one thing is for sure: he's struggling. His strikeout rate is consistent with his career norm, but his walk rate is much higher, checking in at 4.66 walks per nine innings. Lincecum's homer rate is also up, allowing a hair over one per nine innings thanks to a 12.4% HR/FB rate, which is slightly up compared to the league average, but way up in comparison to his career rate. Despite an ERA over six, Lincecum's FIP and xFIP are both below 4.00. However, Lincecum's velocity is way down, and he's allowing more line drives this year than ever before while allowing fewer groundballs than he ever has. There are some positives for Lincecum though, as hitters are making the least contact they've ever made with his pitches before, and his whiff rate is 12%, the highest of his career. It's been a very interesting season, but there's no denying that he's not the same guy as he was when he won back to back Cy Young awards just a couple of years ago.