On Monday Kevin Correia went seven strong innings against the Kansas City Royals for the Minnesota Twins. Unfortunately manager Ron Gardenhire trotted him out for the eighth inning and Correia hit the wall. The Royals smacked him around for three hits and three runs in the inning, and would end up winning the game 3-1.
The Twins gave Correia the lead before he even hit the mound on Monday, with one run in the top of the first. The only problem is the offense stalled out for the rest of the game. Correia looked good through seven innings scattering five hits and a walk, but in the eighth it all went wrong. Gardenhire may have done himself a service if he looked at Corriea’s stats from 2012. In 28 starts with the Pittsburgh Pirates he didn’t go beyond seven innings a single time. Maybe Pirates’ manager Clint Hurdle was on to something.
It is the second fairly strong outing for Correia this season. In his debut he went seven innings and allowed only two runs. He didn’t get the win in that one, but the Twins did by rallying late.
One concern that Twins fans might have is the lack of strikeouts by Correia, he has just three in 14 1/3 innings. If the other team is constantly putting the ball in play those batted balls eventually wind up finding some holes. He has been right around a .500 pitcher for the last four seasons and the Twins can’t expect much more from him. It just speaks volumes about the Twins pitching situation that Correia is their number two starter. It could be quite a long season for Twins fans.