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Wetmore: Batters make more contact on Correia than any other starter

Wetmore: Batters make more contact on Correia than any other starter

by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com
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Kevin Correia is not having a good season for the Twins and he'll try to right the ship Tuesday night in San Diego.

In the second season of a two-year, $10 million contract, Correia is 1-5 with a 6.80 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched). That's across eight starts, only three of which were any good.

Why has he struggled so much this season?

Hitters have made more contact against Correia than any other starter in baseball who qualifies for the ERA title. And as a result he's not striking out many batters.

When batters swing, they're making contact on 90.5 percent of pitches. That's more than 11 percent higher than the league average. In his past three seasons, Correia has posted similarly poor numbers in this category.

Year

Team

Opponent Contact Pct.

2011

Pirates

87.6

2012

Pirates

88.0

2013

Twins

87.0

2014*

Twins

90.5

*Through first eight starts.

As a result, Correia has struck out just 20 of the 196 batters he has faced. He's averaged 4.25 strikeouts per nine innings. He's not going deep into games, but that's to be expected for a starting pitcher who doesn't get many outs. He didn't get an out in the fifth inning during his most recent start. He got one out in the fifth the outing before that.

If you average Correia's innings pitched per start, he's not recording an out in the sixth inning.

He clearly is the weakest link in the Twins' starting rotation now that Mike Pelfrey is recovering from a groin injury at Triple-A Rochester.

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
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