Last week, Kevin Correia was pitching for the Minnesota Twins, who are currently in last place in the AL Central and out of the playoff picture. Fast forward one week and Correia is in the middle of a division chase with the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers.
Correia threw much better than his season record may have suggested in the Dodgers’ 6-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves.
Correia gave up only four hits and one earned run in six solid innings and made quite the impression with his new club. After his outing, Correia talked about his debut with the Dodgers: via an AP report on USA Today:
I haven’t had that feeling I don’t think since being called up,” he said. “I come in and I have a locker next to the best pitcher on the planet (Clayton Kershaw). I couldn’t be happier with the spot that I’m in right now.”
While Correia was acquired for his arm, he proved to be useful with the bat and went 2-for-2 with a run scored. However, the right-hander chalked his offensive succcess up to being lucky:
Like I’ve always said about hitting, luck is better than skill most of the time,” he said. “I kind of proved that today.”
With the win, the Dodgers increased their division lead to a season-high 5.0 games over the San Francisco Giants and are currently 16 games over .500. Although Correia was pitched well in his debut, all indications point to him now moving to the bullpen.
The spot start allowed the Dodgers to give Dan Haren an extra day of rest and Haren now takes the mound Tuesday looking to build on his win against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
While Correia will be placed in the bullpen, his time as a starter may not necessarily be behind him given Haren’s struggles and Josh Beckett’s injury.
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