A lot of the Pittsburgh Pirates success this season has stemmed from the stellar pitching performances delivered by not only the starting rotation but the bullpen as well. The weakest link of the rotation has been Kevin Correia.
Since coming over from San Diego in 2011, Kevin Correia has been unsettling to say the least. Correia has a 14-16 record to this point of his Pirates career. In 2011, Correia was one of; if not the most dominate pitchers for the Pirates on the road boosting a 10-3 record with a 2.64 ERA in 88.2IP.
However, in the pitcher friendly confines of PNC Park, Correia was 2-8 with a 7.71 ERA in 65.1IP. It was quite possibly the single most confusing things to anyone that not only follows the Pirates, but baseball in general.
As everyone thought coming into the 2012 season that Correia was going to be able to figure out his struggles at home and still be an unhittable force on the road. Unfortunately that hasn’t been the case, and I have the need to write this article about his continued downfall.
Before tonight’s outing in Baltimore, Correia has been the “let’s see if he can get through this one” starter for the Pirates. That might be a little too much, but let’s face it. You know you’ve had the same thought when reading his name as the probable starter. Either way, the title hasn’t been lifted.
While Correia hasn’t picked up a win (0-2) in his four starts at PNC Park this season, Correia has a lower “home” ERA at 4.10 in 26.1IP. His performance on the road has taken a step off the ledge.
In seven starts on the road, Correia has posted a record of 2-4. Against Baltimore, Correia’s struggles continued, allowing five runs (four earned) on 10 hits through 6IP, watching his season ERA rise to 4.43, the highest by any active pitcher on the team. Only Charlie Morton (4.65) and Jeff Karstens (4.50) have higher ERA as a starting pitcher.
Correia has allowed 12 home runs this season, with half of them coming on the road.
The continued lack of success and with no signs of any improvement has to make one think that a change has to be made. Whether it’s sending him to the bullpen, which isn’t a place for someone with 25 strikeouts belongs, sending him to Indy to open up a space for Jeff Karstens who is set to return within the week, or look for a team to make a deal with.
Bottom line: a change needs to be made and Correia’s time is running out in Pittsburgh.