Few people would have predicted that the Philadelphia Phillies would be eight games above .500, and just half a game behind the Washington Nationals, heading into June. Those optimists were probably relying on the fact that the last place Phils made a couple of key acquisitions over the winter and thus surely would be better.
A warning that last season’s sensational rookie Rhys Hoskins would be hitting just .220 with a scant six home runs would likely have made even those devoted fans see Philadelphia eight games under .500 instead of over, and That prediction would be even worse if he had. He told them that free agent All-Star Carlos Santana would be hitting just above the .200 mark.
Believe it or not, Santana’s low batting average is nowhere near the worst we’ve seen in 2018, a season that looks like it could have record low batting averages. They are fifteen star players who have batting averages below .200, a brand that has become known as the Mendoza Line.
Nick Ahmed. 199
The Arizona Diamondbacks managed to maintain first place in the National League West for much of the season, despite offense being below average from their regular shortstop.
Jackie Bradley Jr. 199
Boston announcers refer to the star outfielder as JBJ, whose Red Sox have the best record in all of baseball.
Carlos Gomez 194
Now with Tampa Bay, the former MVP runner-up has struggled so far in the outfield for Days.
Logan Morrison. 198
After setting a career-high home run record in 2017, the left-handed slugger is off to a rocky start with his new team in Minnesota.
Jason Kipnis. 199
Their struggles somewhat symbolize those of the Cleveland Indians, who have managed to stay at .500 solely because of their outstanding pitching rotation.
Matt Joyce. 1999
Oakland has had its ups and downs for the first two months, while still waiting for Joyce’s bat to regain prominence.
Ian Desmond 190
The Colorado Rockies’ first baseman didn’t show a lot of power, but every other hit has been rare.
Adam Duvall 184
The odd four-player rotation in the Cincinnati outfield may have negatively affected the former All-Star, who has had to be absent every three games or so.
Dexter Fowler. 180
Now that catcher Yadier Molina is on the disabled list, the St. Louis Cardinals may need this star outfielder to return to the form he was when they signed him to a great free agent contract last year.
Kolten Wong. 180
Unlike his previously mentioned teammate, Wong’s struggles have lasted much longer than this season.
Chris Davis. 160
Baltimore’s first baseman has never hit a real high average, but now he’s too low and so is his power.
Lewis Brinson. 155
Miami is rebuilding, but they need this youngster to really step up to be close to replacing Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yellich and Marvel Ozuna in the Marlins outfield.
Kole Calhoun. 145
While he often finds himself alongside MVP Mike Trout in the Los Angeles outfield, he is hardly in the same ballpark when it comes to batting averages.
Russell Martin. 174
His catching skills will keep him in the lineup, but the Blue Jays need Russell to raise his average by fifty points if Toronto is to compete in 2018.
Kendrys Morales 194
He’s been plagued with injuries, but if he can bounce back, he can offer much-needed protection to the rest of the guys in the Blue Jays’ lineup.