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First Pitch: Correia Isn’t to Blame, But His Pitching Style is Responsible

First Pitch: Correia Isn’t to Blame, But His Pitching Style is Responsible

I've talked a lot about Kevin Correia this year, and how I feel the Pittsburgh Pirates should replace him in the starting rotation. I don't have anything against Correia, and I actually think he's a good pitcher for his role. I think that role is a 4th/5th starter in a bad rotation, and a 5th/6th starter in a good rotation. When the Pirates signed Correia, they had a bad rotation. It made sense to start him. For the majority of the 2012 season they've had a good rotation. And for the last few months, they've had guys who are not only better options than Correia in the short-term, but options that will actually be around for the long term.

In the 11-0 loss to the Dodgers, we got a glimpse of why I would remove Correia from the rotation. He gave up six runs, five earned, on seven hits in six innings. The stat line looks bad, but the start really wasn't Correia's fault. He didn't receive any help from his defense, with a lot of sloppy plays and bad breaks leading to some big innings.

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