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First Pitch: There Is No Escape

First Pitch: There Is No Escape

I was watching the game tonight around the seventh inning, thinking about how Kevin Correia was dealing on the mound. I've been critical of Correia this year, but the last two months he's been the least of the problems for the Pirates. In fact, he's been their best starter during that time.

Correia struck out a lot of batters tonight, which reminded me that he's had a few games in the second half with good strikeout totals. One of the things I liked about Correia in San Diego was that he put up decent strikeout rates. His ratios with the Pirates have made him the right-handed version of Zach Duke. I went to Baseball-Reference to check on those strikeout numbers and see if he was showing some improvement. He did have a few big strikeout games spread out throughout the schedule, but nothing significant to show a change from his overall numbers. Also, considering his two big strikeout games recently came against the Astros and Cubs, they have to be taken with a grain of salt. You know,...

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