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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...

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