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First Pitch: Is Correia in the Rotation a Bluff?

First Pitch: Is Correia in the Rotation a Bluff?

In Kristy Robinson's notebook tonight, the starting rotation was laid out for the next week. The order is as follows.
With Karstens starting tomorrow, the rotation will all be pushed back one day. Right-hander Brad Lincoln will be moved into the bullpen. The series in Philly is as scheduled: Erik Bedard Tuesday, James McDonald Wednesday, A.J. Burnett Thursday.  Kevin Correia is scheduled to start Friday’s opener with St. Louis. Hurdle said after the game they would not move forward with a six man rotation.
The key thing there is that Kevin Correia is in the rotation, and Brad Lincoln is back to the bullpen. This comes after Lincoln put up an impressive start on Saturday, and Correia put up a start that wasn't overly impressive on Sunday.

Part of me can see this as being legit. The Pirates have ignored the advanced metrics and have stuck with Correia all year, even with Lincoln pitching well in the bullpen, and Rudy Owens and Jeff Locke pitching well in Triple-A. So why would it change...

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