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Pirates pick Kevin Correia as Opening Day starter despite 5.40 ERA last season

Mar 24, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT


It’s probably not quite as depressing to fans as Kansas City picking a guy with a 5.60 career ERA as the Opening Day starter, but it might be close.

Pittsburgh announced that Kevin Correia will get the Opening Day assignment after going 10-10 with a 5.40 ERA for the Padres last year, which is some remarkably awful pitching for a guy who made 15 of 28 appearances in the majors’ most pitcher-friendly ballpark.

Correia has been better in past years, but not by much. He’s a 30-year-old with a 4.57 ERA in 741 career innings. Paul Maholm, Ross Ohlendorf, Charlie Morton, and James McDonald will follow Correia in the rotation and, if healthy, I’d bet on McDonald finishing the season as the Pirates’ best starter.

  1. icanspeel - Mar 24, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    He’s not THAT bad and last year he had to deal with the death of his brother which we can’t say for certain caused the decrease in performance, but at the end of 2009 and early 2010 he was looking decent

    • rapmusicmademedoit - Mar 24, 2011 at 8:07 PM

      I’m surprised he didn’t shoot himself because he is stuck in that franchise.

  2. scatterbrian - Mar 24, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    Amazing that this was written one day after this story was posted.

  3. stairwayto7 - Mar 24, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    McDonald should get a few more wins by facing other teams #4 and #5 starters. McDonald will have 12-15 wins by end of season!

  4. rapmusicmademedoit - Mar 24, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    it suxs to be a Pittsburg fan, your best guy is 10-10 5.50 era…… oh boy rack up another 120 loses
    at least the owner’s wrote themselves those huge bonus checks on the Yankees sweat.

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