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Kevin Correia continues April magic

Apr 28, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

Kevin Correia AP

Twins right-hander Kevin Correia shut out the Rangers over eight innings this afternoon, scattering six hits (all singles) and one walk while striking out two. His ERA after five starts rests at 2.23, a stunning statistic for the veteran with a career 4.50 ERA. Correia has gone at least seven innings in all five of his starts and has walked exactly one in all five as well. The Twins, right now, are quite happy they plucked him out of the free agent pool with a two-year, $10 million contract.

For some as yet unexplained reason,  though, Correia has pitched like an ace in April in recent years, but quickly turned back into a pumpkin once the calendar turned to May. Consider his monthly ERA dating back to 2010:

April May June July August Sept/Oct
2010 3.86 5.22 7.83 3.90 7.20 1.91
2011 2.90 4.15 4.46 6.08 8.41
2012 2.42 5.70 4.36 5.04 4.01 3.50
2013 2.23

Is this the year Correia bucks the trend? The Twins have won in four of his five starts and are now a game over .500. With a good Correia, the Twins — currently with two starters with an ERA north of 6.00, and two others north of 4.00 — aren’t as much of an afterthought in the AL Central.

  1. historiophiliac - Apr 28, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Am I the only one who read that headline as a new Chick Corea album release?

    • abaird2012 - Apr 29, 2013 at 8:15 AM

      Does that mean the rest of the Twins = Return to Forever?

      Apt.

  2. jwbiii - Apr 28, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    I hope that he has gotten over the death of his brother. Not that that ever really happens, but.

  3. dirtyharry1971 - Apr 28, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    I would call what the bluejays are doing right now “april magic” also

    • historiophiliac - Apr 28, 2013 at 7:52 PM

      Much better.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 28, 2013 at 8:46 PM

        Well thanks, its not often i get feedback from my fans on here.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 28, 2013 at 8:55 PM

        I have high expectations for you, harry. If you’re gonna troll Canada, go big.

      • abaird2012 - Apr 29, 2013 at 8:17 AM

        Yes, Harry will be pleased to discover that the BJs aren’t even the worst thing about Canada.

  4. dluxxx - Apr 29, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    I was wondering when the coach was going to turn back into a pumpkin. Apparently the answer is “May.”

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