NBCSports.com's Top 5 first half baseball busts
1. Chien-Ming Wang, SP, Yankees
The Yankees expected Chien-Ming Wang to return from a foot injury to once again be an important part of their starting rotation this season, but Wang has been absolutely attrocious thus far. Through eight starts and 11 total appearances (as of July 1), Wang is sporting a mammoth 10.06 ERA and has a 1-6 record. After his first two starts of the season, he had a mind boggling ERA of 54.00. Wang has gotten better, but he still has miles to go before approaching his previous career average ERA of 3.80.
2. Jimmy Rollins, SS, Phillies
He's wearing Jimmy Rollins' jersey, but is that really the 2007 NL MVP? The Phillies shortstop is batting a putrid .207 (as of July 1) and has one of the worst OPS in all of baseball at .572. After smacking 25 and 30 homers in 2006 and 2007, Rolliins lost some pop last year, hitting just 11 dingers. He has six so far, but at least his average was up to .277 in 2008. There are ways to make up for a lack of power, but Rollins is struggling in just about every area right now.
3. Brad Lidge, CL, Phillies
Brad Lidge racked up all kinds of accolades last season as he was named an All-Star, NL Comeback Player of the Year, Rolaids Relief Man of the Year, DHL Delivery Man of the Year and was also a World Series champ. This year has been a completely different story, though. Lidge leads the big leagues in blown saves with six and is sporting a robust 7.57 ERA (as of July 1). Lidge did have a stint on the DL with a knee injury, but it's hard to believe that was the sole reason for his awful performance.
4. Magglio Ordonez, OF, Tigers
Magglio Ordonez has only had an OPS below .800 twice in his career, the first of which was his first full season in the majors and the second of which was just under at .795. Just two years ago, Maggs led the AL in batting average and doubles, and last year he posted a .317 average with 21 homers and 103 RBI. This year Ordonez has fallen off the proverbial cliff and is hitting .264 with only three round trippers and a paltry 24 RBI. Ordonez recently cut his trademark flowing locks, but only time will tell if it helps.
5. Grady Sizemore, OF, Indians
Cleveland's centerfielder was a popular preseason pick for AL MVP, but his performance has fallen extremely short of those lofty expectations. Sizemore has been hampered by elbow problems that could require surgery in the offseason, but is that a big enough excuse for hitting .223 (through July 1)? Sizemore has smacked 10 homers, but he's off the pace from last year's 33 and even the previous year's 24. He's also been terrible on the basepaths as he has just as many caught stealings (7) as he does steals.