The Free Press, Mankato, MN

Sports

April 28, 2013

Thoma column: Is Correia for real? Still a doubter

MANKATO — Another start for Kevin Correia, and another good one.

Sunday’s line for the veteran right-hander: eight innings, six hits, no runs, one walk, two strikeouts. And this against a high-quality lineup.

His ERA for the season is now a tiny 2.23, and he’s given the Twins at least seven innings in each of his five starts.

Not bad for anyone, much less a guy whose signing was lampooned by statheads (such as me).

Does that mean the criticism was misplaced? I’ll accept the risk of being accused of negative thinking and say no.

It may be worth noting that last April, Correia (then with Pittsburgh) had a 2.42 ERA in April. At the end of the season it was 4.21. His April ERA in 2011 was 2.90. At the end of the season it was 4.71.

Good Aprils are not foreign to Correia. Good seasons ... those are.

Know who was the last Twins starter to go seven innings or more in each of his first four starts of the season? Ramon Ortiz in 2007. He made it through that April 3-1, 2.57, with 35 innings in five starts (his fifth start was “just” six innings); by the end of May his ERA was 5.65 and he was out of the rotation.

So a good April, in and of itself, shouldn’t change a well-honed evaluation of a player.

Correia has been the kind of pitcher he has been in recent years, perhaps even more so: A low walk rate (an impressive 1.3 walks per nine innings entering his start Sunday, about one walk less than in the past two years) and a low strikeout rate (4.1 K/9, slightly lower than during his time in Pittsburgh).

The combination has resulted in a sharply improved strikeout-to-walk ratio. Correia has hovered just under 2 K/BB for several years; entering Sunday, he was at 3.25 K/BB.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
Outdoors

Latest auto racing news
Featured Ads
Live Moondogs coverage
Shane Frederick's Twitter updates
Chad Courrier's Sports Report
Latest NCAA basketball news
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
NDN Video
Hillary Clinton Blamed Bill's Affair With Monica Lewinsky On Abuse He Suffered As A Child World Cup Hero Mario Gotze -- HALF-NAKED MUD BATH ... With Hot Model GF RG3 answers critics, grateful for coaches' support Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent First impressions of Giants' new up-tempo offense Athletic Gaines: Where LeSean McCoy, Kenjon Barner, and more prepare for NFL season Denver Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen Resigns Control Sterling says he's not trying to block Clippers sale Jack White's Cub Face Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Eli, Giants learning new offense How Emmanuel Mudiay Ended Up in China Selig: MLB 'more popular today than ever' Boy With Life-Threatening Tumor Gets Wish To Visit PNC Park, Meet Cutch Longhorns Coach Disses Texas With Compliment - @TheBuzzeronFOX James Rodriguez Joins Real Madrid Kluwe: How can Tony Dungy advocate felons, not Michael Sam Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Bowlsby talks cheating in NCAA Clay Travis On Mettenberger Punch & "Dumbest Fanbase" - @TheBuzzeronFOX