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There are often high expectations on specific MLB players, either due to the value to their specific team or a big contract that they're trying to live up to.
And with high expectations, sometimes comes disappointment. Whether it's a hitless streak or run of bad outings for a pitcher, this seems to be a yearly thing in baseball.
With that in mind, here are arguably the three most disappointing MLB players so far this season.
3. Joey Votto, 1B, Cincinnati Reds
It seems like people have been waiting for Joey Votto's decline for years now. After an injury-plagued 2014 season, he bounced back with three straight seasons of at least 29 homers and a .314 batting average. Then last season, his numbers fell off a cliff, tallying just 12 home runs and a .284 batting average. It looks like that cliff might finally be here. The six-time All-Star is hitting .216 (8-for-37) through 11 games to start the season, which is almost 100 points lower than his .310 career average. If that wasn't bad enough, he has just one RBI on his lone homer of 2019.
2. Jose Ramirez, 2B/3B, Cleveland Indians
Jose Ramirez is following up an MVP-caliber season with an ugly start to 2019. In 39 at-bats, he has just six hits, two for extra bases, for a .154 average through 11 games. To put it simply, he has more than twice as many strikeouts (5) as he does RBI (2). He also hasn't recorded a home run in 2019. Coming off a season where he hit 39 homers, had 105 RBI and scored 100 runs, to call Ramirez's early season woes a disappointment could be an understatement.
1. Chris Sale, SP, Boston Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox are off to a rough World Series title defense, going 3-9 through their first 12 games. And their struggles are in line with Chris Sale's disappointing start to the 2019 season. He was expected to be the ace of the Red Sox and a Cy Young candidate, but has instead gone 0-3 in three starts with a 9.00 ERA in 13 innings pitched. The Red Sox just don't look like the same team to start this season and Sale is at the forefront of those issues.
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