Pirates Notebook: Correia’s Luck is Running Out

Image Courtesy Pittsburgh Pirates

A day after right-hander Brad Lincoln struggled in his third spot start of the season, the Pirates saw another rough outing from a starter in Kevin Correia. While the starting staff has been very solid this season, Correia, the club’s fifth starter, has posted an ERA over 5.00 since the end of April. And what’s most concerning is that he’s been extremely lucky while on the mound.

Take a look at his BABIP (batting average on balls in play). Entering game action, Correia had a .239 BABIP. A normal starter is usually around .300, which is a red flag indicating that he won’t be able to maintain the luck he is having. During last season, Correia had a .292 BABIP, and finished with a 4.79 ERA. He’s also posted a very high strand rate at 76.2 %. Last season he finished at 69.1 %. Not only is allowing a lot of hits, he’s stranding them at a very high rate. Neither is sustainable for the remainder of the season.

On Wednesday in Baltimore, Correia struggled against the Orioles tough lineup. Overall, Correia allowed five runs (four earned) on 10 hits over 6.0 innings. He walked one and struck out one while throwing 94 pitches, 55 strikes.

Correia allowed at least a run in four of his sixth frames, and was able to escape several jams without further damage.

After retiring his first batter to start the bottom of the 1st, J.J. Hardy singled into center field. He quickly scored after the next batter Chris Davis launched a RBI double off the wall in left field. A huge double play allowed Correia to escape the jam.

Baltimore’s bats plated two runs in the 2nd after they connected for three consecutive hits to start the frame. Wilson Betemit’s was an extra base RBI knock, while former Bucco Steve Pearce laced the third hit for a RBI single. Correia retired his next two batters, and once again luck was on his side. Hardy hit a grounder to Pedro Alvarez at third, who bobbled the ball for what would have been an error, but Pearce was far off the bag at second and was thrown out to end the inning.

The O’s tacked on a fourth run off Correia in the fourth after Mark Reynolds lined a double to left field — the third extra base hit Correia allowed — to start the fourth inning. Alex Presley’s miscue in the outfield allowed Reynolds to advance to third on the error. Betemit hit a sac fly to right field to plate the fourth run off the right-hander.

His fifth and final run came in the fifth. Betemit crushed a 1-1 curveball for Correia’s third homer allowed over his last two starts, giving him 11 total over his last seven starts. The O’s followed with back-to-back knocks but Correia was able to leave them stranded.

Since April, when he posted just a 2.42 ERA over four starts, Correia has a 5.58 ERA and the Bucs have lost five of those eight games.

Corriea said to the Trib after the game on his outing overall, “I was kind of happy with the way I threw the ball. I gave up too many runs, I guess.”

 

Arrieta Holds Bucs to One 

Right-hander Jake Arrieta has struggled for the Orioles this season. In fact, after Arrieta’s last start against the Phillies, where he allowed nine earned runs on 11 hits over 4.0 innings, Baltimore moved him to the bullpen. His stay in relief didn’t last as tonight’s originally scheduled starter lefty Brian Matusz was hit in the nose with a batting practice bunt. Arrieta was called upon as the emergency starter and tossed seven innings.

The Pirates were only able to score one run off Arrieta in the 7-1 loss. Jose Tabata led off the bottom of the 7th with an infield single. With one out, Michael McKenry was hit by a pitch and Alex Presley followed with a base knock to load the bases. Neil Walker hit a grounder at first to drive in the lone run.

Arrieta struck out a career-high nine batters and dropped his ERA below 6.00 on the season after posting an 6.32 before game action.

The Pirates lost back-to-back games for the first time since May 22-23 against the New York Mets at PNC Park.

 

Hughes Having Impressive Rookie Season 

The Pirates bullpen has been very good shutting down late innings for the club. They entered game action with the second-best bullpen ERA (2.49) in the Major Leagues. The only team with a better bullpen ERA is Baltimore (2.42). Lefty Tony Watson allowed two runs from the long ball on Wednesday, but Joel Hanrahan followed with a scoreless outing.

The player with arguably the most surprising season from the ‘pen has been rookie Jared Hughes. The right-hander tossed 2.1 scoreless frames on Saturday night and was credited with the win – his second in the big leagues. Since being recalled from Triple-A (for the second time) on May 1, Hughes has been charged with four earned runs in 20.2 innings (1.74 ERA) and has been scored upon once in his last 18.2 innings.

“We’ve got a good defense so I just [go] out there, kept the ball down, try to get ground balls and let the defense work for me,” Hughes said. “We’ve got a lot of competitive guys out there. All of us, we stick to our strengths. We’ve got [Jason] Grilli, who’s throwing the heck out of the ball and that’s super competitive. And then Hanrahan finishes it. A lot of experience, and [Juan] Cruz has been around.”

Enjoy this story? Pirates Prospects will be switching to a subscription site on 4/13, so that we can continue bringing you the best Pirates coverage there is. For a very small monthly price, you can continue getting articles like this, along with coverage from every minor league city. Get more information here, and subscribe today!

Share This Article

Pirates Notebook: Lincoln Struggles, But Will Remain In Rotation

Next Story »

Pirates Notebook: A Bad Week All Around For the Pirates Rotation

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-YaZhynka/100000448392567 Richard Ya’Zhynka

    Correia’s 5.59 FIP tells his story far better than does his 4.43 ERA. The horse shoe has been turned upside down. If Karstens isn’t ready, then it is time to promote Locke or Owens.

  • buccotime57

    RUDY RUDY RUDY

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=72405411 Ian Rothermund

      Omg yes! Free Rudy Owens. It’s starting to look like he’ll need to throw 3 consecutive no-hitters just to be considered.

Latest Analysis

  • Arquimedes Caminero

    Breaking Down the Final Pirates Roster Battles After Today’s Cuts

    1 day ago

    With less than a week remaining in camp, the Pittsburgh Pirates made their latest round of cuts this morning, sending three relievers to minor league camp, including ...

    Read More
  • Keller Supak Hinsz

    Even With the New Draft Rules, the Pirates Are Still Loading Up on Projectable Pitchers

    3 days ago

    From 2008-2011, the Pittsburgh Pirates spent a lot of resources on projectable pitchers out of high school. So far, this approach has led to breakout performances from ...

    Read More
  • Josh Bell made the move to first base over the off-season. (Photo credit: David Hague)

    Why Should You Care About Prospects?

    4 days ago

    Yesterday I had a shorter day than usual. The Pirates had cuts at the MLB level, and a road game. The day was shortened at Pirate City, ...

    Read More
  • Gregory Polanco

    Q&A: Trading Prospects For Rentals, Polanco Concerns, Meadows vs Appel

    5 days ago

    I missed the Q&A last week due to a common problem in Spring Training: I forgot what day it was. It was around 6:00 that I was ...

    Read More
  • Nick Kingham f

    Improving His Two-Seam Fastball will Make Nick Kingham a More Effective Pitcher

    6 days ago

    With Jameson Taillon returning from Tommy John surgery, and unlikely to make an impact at the Major League level early in the year, the top prospect to ...

    Read More
  • Arquimedes Caminero 3

    The Roster Situations That Could Impact the Makeup of the Pirates Bullpen

    1 week ago

    There are less than two weeks remaining in Spring Training, and the one area where the Pittsburgh Pirates had actual position battles is heating up. There were ...

    Read More
  • Jordan Luplow

    How the Pirates are Trying to Stay Ahead of the Curve With the New Draft Rules

    1 week ago

    The 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement brought a lot of changes to Major League Baseball. The biggest change for the Pittsburgh Pirates came in the draft. From 2008-2011, ...

    Read More
  • Alen Hanson

    The Key For Alen Hanson to Help the Pirates in the Majors This Year

    1 week ago

    When the Pittsburgh Pirates moved Alen Hanson to second base last year, part of the plan was to get him to the majors faster by putting him at ...

    Read More
  • Tyler Glasnow 2

    What the Stats Don’t Tell You About Tyler Glasnow

    2 weeks ago

    The stat line for Tyler Glasnow’s start at Pirate City yesterday looked great: 3 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. The lone run ...

    Read More
  • JaCoby Jones Josh Bell

    JaCoby Jones Did Fine in the Move to Shortstop, But Needs to Cut Down on Strikeouts

    2 weeks ago

    The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted JaCoby Jones as an outfielder in the third round of the 2013 draft, then surprised everyone the following year when they moved him ...

    Read More
  • Browse More Articles

    More