Joe Blanton has been the worst pitcher in baseball this season, and that’s not an exaggeration. Whether he’s been starting or relieving for the Los Angeles Angels, his results have been equally awful. In fact, he’s been so bad that he could win the pitching triple crown … in all the wrong categories.
Blanton currently leads all MLB pitchers with the highest ERA, is tied for the most losses, and he entered Wednesday with the most home runs allowed.
Blanton is sporting a 6.12 ERA, which places him higher than Edinson Volquez, who is the next worse at 5.72.
Blanton is 2-14, and his 14 losses tie him with Houston Astros pitcher Lucas Harrell, who is 6-14.
Blanton has allowed 29 home runs, which is second to Oakland A’s starter A.J. Griffin, who allowed two on Wednesday to give him 30 for the season.
Blanton also has the worst WAR among all MLB pitchers at -2. That means he’s cost the Angels two more losses than the standard minor league pitcher. If you value WAR, then that means Blanton has been the least valuable pitcher in baseball.
What’s truly amazing about Blanton’s pursuit of the crown is that he’s still leading the race despite being moved to the bullpen, where he has fewer opportunities to stink. After being moved to the pen in late July, Blanton had three promising outings where he combined for six scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and one walk. But then he went back to being terrible.