correia_debut_2014-08-11

Dodgers 6, Braves 2: Nice To Meet You, Kevin Correia

Three days after castoff Roberto Hernandez was really, really good, castoff Kevin Correia was… really, really good. This sport is so, so dumb sometimes. I love it. I hate it. Baseball!

You really, truly could not have asked for more from Correia, who went six innings allowed only four hits, and actually struck out five. He threw strikes. He was efficient. He avoided any serious damage, running only into trouble in the fourth inning when Justin Upton singled in Emilio Bonifacio, who had singled and advanced on a bunt. That’s it. Really.

I know, obviously, that the Braves have some big holes in their lineup, didn’t have Andrelton Simmons, lost Tommy La Stella to injury tonight, and has been in the midst of a terrible slump lately.  That’s all accurate. It doesn’t matter.  Correia got his Dodger career off to a great start tonight, and while you should never let one outing overcome years of evidence that he isn’t any good, you imagine Don Mattingly will want to find him another opportunity. That’s probably not great news for Dan Haren. It is great news for anyone who doesn’t really want to see Haren in Los Angeles in 2015.

So good on Correia, but the offense had to chip in here too, and they had to deal with the very impressive Julio Teheran. In seven of the nine innings, the Dodgers failed to score, and 10 of the 11 hits they got on the day were singles, but it was still good enough. In the sixth, down 1-0, Correia led off with a single — one of his two (!) on the day — followed by a Dee Gordon single, and a Yasiel Puig single, and an Adrian Gonzalez RBI single. Then, after Matt Kemp popped out, Carl Crawford singled to drive in another, and Puig scored on a Justin Turner groundout.

That put them up 3-1 headed into the eighth, and Atlanta helped out by making it really ugly. Puig led off with a walk, and after Gonzalez struck out, Kemp chased Teheran with a ground rule double, the only extra base hit the Dodgers had. James Russell allowed Crawford to drive in a run on a — wait for it — single, and then it got hilarious, thanks to the following sequence:

  • wild pitch
  • walk
  • throwing error
  • strikeout, but safe on passed ball

6-1 Dodgers, and that was basically it. Brian Wilson and Jamey Wright easily got through scoreless innings, and Carlos Frias let in one in the ninth for the 6-2 final. That really just could not have gone better. The Dodgers are now up by five in the NL West, their biggest lead of the season. I don’t want to say it’s over, but…


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339 comments
BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

After a day in which Correia got results like Clayton Kershaw, this could have been your entire posts and I'd have understood:

"This sport is so, so dumb sometimes. I love it. I hate it."

Hoze
Hoze

Ranking upcoming FA SP by xFIP..  

http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=all&stats=pit&lg=all&qual=0&type=1&season=2014&month=0&season1=2014&ind=0&team=0&rost=0&age=0&filter=&players=510,5842,4849,512,1701,1767,2047,517,6283,3886,4538,1451,3273,13048,4567,6230,3283,7080,1259,4930,2038,4662,8591,8268,1051,2586,3137,7059,4138,1011,3990,1137&sort=20,a


Looking at this, I hope McCarthy is seriously considered next offseason along with Lester and Hammel. Either one of the three would be great to have. Lester is obviously a better pitcher, but adding another $20 million/ yr contract to the team salary will likely prevent any other major move from happening. 


My hope is that if the team signs someone else (McCarthy preferably, but other options like Hammel or Billingsley* would work) then the money saved could be used to sign Russell Martin as well. 

Hikaruu
Hikaruu

I really respect professional athletes in their 30s and 40s. Getting up in the morning after an intense workout at 25 is tough. I can't imagine it at 40.

Johnnyswing
Johnnyswing

Dig smiling Jesus in the mall downstairs from my girlfriends mom´s apartment

tpmerrill
tpmerrill

Jonathan Niese cleared waivers for the Mets.  I hope Ned doesn't get crazy and trade actual value to get him.  If Correia and/or Hernandez stumble badly at some point, I could see him doing that.  Don't do it Ned!!!!!!!!!

Jeremy_N
Jeremy_N

after the Milwaukee series at dodger stadium, the dodgers play SD, NYM, ARI, SD. would love to see them make a run.

BIah
BIah

Was looking over in a Mariners discussion board tonight, one of the top rated comments there was that Felix Hernandez is better than Kershaw...other people chimed in to say they consider him to be one of the 5 greatest pitchers of all time...


I think they're obviously overrating him but it makes me wonder if maybe in the eyes of others, we look like we overrate Kershaw sometimes

Hoze
Hoze

Im also assuming that the team wont be considering FA (Scherzer, Iwakuma, Shields) that have a qualifying offer attached

2B15Lopes
2B15Lopes

@Johnnyswing Jesus is smiling! Dodgers have a 5 game lead! All is right with the world!

Subtle Euphemism aka Jonathan Lingo
Subtle Euphemism aka Jonathan Lingo

@BIah If everyone is comparing their favorite pitcher to YOURS, then your pitcher is the standard that everyone else is measuring themselves by. In that case, just soak it in and enjoy it.

nudibranch
nudibranch

@BIah No doubt Felix is having a remarkable season.  But SIERA, xFIP, FIP, and K-BB% all agree that Kershaw's has been better.

Weston T
Weston T

@BIah I forget when it was, but I remember people saying I was dumb for wanting to trade our best prospects plus Chad Billingsley for Felix Hernandez because of the amount of innings the guy threw. SUCK IT PEOPLE

MajorPuigBaseball
MajorPuigBaseball

@BIah I also just want to take a second to mention how hilarious it would be to attempt to limit a list of the greatest pitchers of all time to five, or that anyone would put Kershaw or Felix on that way-too-short list. On pace to be? Sure, maybe, but on it yet? That's just not rational.

Jeremy_N
Jeremy_N

@Hoze i wouldnt mind giving up the draft pick for scherzer.

InsideThePark
InsideThePark

But Kershaw is 1 and Felix is 1A.

just so we're clear.

BIah
BIah

@MajorPuigBaseball @BIah Felix is having an incredible season this year but it feels like an anamoly for him.  After his Cy Young season in 2010, he was kinda mediocre by "Ace" standards from 2011-2013

MajorPuigBaseball
MajorPuigBaseball

@BIah Too early to tell where they rank all-time, that usually requires more sustained success

Hoze
Hoze

@Jeremy_N @Hoze I wouldnt mind having Scherzer at all, regardless of the draft pick, but what concerns me is if acquiring him prevents the team from making considerable improvements in other areas like catching and relief pitching. 


Assuming that Billingsley does not receive the club option and Dan Haren doesnt reach his vesting option.. next year should provide the team with around $55 million in savings in team salary. Whether or not the ownership decides to fully reinvest that money into FA should impact the idea choosing between the elite FA like Scherzer or Lester and guys like McCarthy or Hammel. 


For example, if the team is looking to save about $15-20 million in salary, it leaves about $30-35 million (closer to 30 is you consider arbitration raises). Signing Scherzer or Lester will immediately deplete the majority of the money available to spend in other areas. 


McCarthy is making $9 million base salary this year, so lets just say he will make around $12-14 million. With that salary the team would be left around $16-18 million to spend in other areas. AJ Ellis is going to get any better, defensively or offensively.. therefore signing Russell Martin makes a lot of sense given the organization's distrust for Federowicz, the lack of other immediately help at the position and the especially given the weak FA C class.. yes.. Martin will be overpaid but is it more concerning than going with Ellis for 1-2 more years? Not at all.. 


McCarthy + Martin next year please...

MajorPuigBaseball
MajorPuigBaseball

@InsideThePark (Fulton County) Well, sure. But it's close, and Felix probably gets the edge if we're only looking at this year, regardless of how crazy good Kershaw has been, but a lot of that has to do with Kershaw's missing month. Kershaw's the best in the world. Felix is good enough that it's still a conversation.