St. Louis Cardinals: 30 worst players in team history

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#11 Jason Simontacchi SP

This is a player I did not want to include on this list. I was partial to Simontacchi as a Springfield, IL native, due to Simontacchi playe with the Springfield Frontier League team fora time in his career. However, one cannot ignore his FIP being among the worst of Cardinals’ pitchers all time.

Simontacchi primarily pitched out of the bullpen in his career, but he did make 40 starts as a Cardinal. In his career Simotacchi was 20-10 with a 4.77 ERA and 5.16 FIP (third worst among Cardinals’). What puts him so high on this list above the likes of Hermanson and Reyes is his 83 appearances and 0.3 fWAR over his three seasons with the club.

Simontacchi was exceptionally bad in 2004 with the Cardinals, when he pitched in just 13 games out of the bullpen tallying an ERA of 5.28, with a terrible FIP of 8.46. This translated into a -0.4 fWAR for the right-hander, which is pretty bad for 13 games.

Simontacchi didn’t get another chance at the big leagues until 2007 with the Washington Nationals, where he posted a 0.0 fWAR in 13 games out the bullpen. As much as I may have been a fan on his during my high school years, Simontacchi was one of the worst pitchers to ever don the Cardinals’ uniform.

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