St. Louis Cardinals: 30 worst players in team history

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Oct 8, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals owner Bill Dewitt Jr. talks with a member of the media during NLDS workout day prior to game one of the NLDS against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

#18 Allen Watson

Here we have a player from another really bad era of Cardinals’ baseball. That era would be the era in which I first experienced Cardinals’ baseball, the early 90s. The years before Bill Dewitt Jr. and Tony Larussa were some pretty dismal years, and Watson was definitely apart of that. From 1993-1995, Watson made 56 starts for the St. Louis Cardinals, never posting an ERA above 4.60 or a FIP above 4.59.

Watson’s total line is just as unimpressive as he finished with an ERA and FIP of 5.07, while only being worth a dismal 0.7 fWAR as a Cardinal. Part of Watson’s problem was the walks, as he finished with a 3.47 walk rate. When you couple that with his unimpressive LOB% of 68.4%, it’s pretty easy to see why Watson struggled.

After the 1995 season, Watson was sent to the San Francisco Giants, cementing him as yet another first round bust for the St. Louis Cardinals and leaving him on this list of worst Cardinals’ players of all time.

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