Dodgers Are Panicking in Search For Pitching Help

A dozen years ago, the San Francisco brought up a 22-year-old San Diego native and Cal Poly San Louis Obispo grad, named Kevin Correia. Correia started some, relieved some, and with a 3-1 won-lost record and ERA of 3.66, showed glimpses of a potentially decent major league pitcher. Over the next two years, however, he did not advance much, still starting and relieving, but both for the Giants and in the minors.Then, in 2006 and 2007, he was used primarily out of the Giants’ bullpen, and developed into a reliable fellow. The end of 2007, though, saw his return to the rotation, where he was to spend most of 2008. That, however, did not work out too well. After compiling decent 3.49 and 3.45 ERAs the prior two seasons, 2008 saw his ERA balloon to 6.05, and his days in San Francisco were over.

But all was not bad for Kevin, as in 2009 he found himself not just in the starting rotation for the full season, but in the starting rotation for his hometown San Diego Padres. He won 12 times that season for the Padres, and while he followed that up with 10 wins in 2010, his ERA went from another decent 3.91 to an embarrassing 5.40, and he then found himself moving east for the 2011 season, as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He again won 12 that season, and following that with
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another dozen in the Pirates win column in 2012. But, his effectiveness was not all that great, and last year his employer again changed, to the Minnesota Twins, where nine of his 31 starts resulted in a “W” for his stats. He remained a Twin, winning only five times against 13 losses, compiling an ERA of 4.91, striking out an average of one batter every other inning, with a 2:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio, until today, when, gosh darn, in their quest to trade away every player “to be named”, he was acquired by the best team money can buy.

Yep, the LA Dodgers now feature in their rotation, right behind Roberto “Fausto Carmona” Hernandez, Kevin Correia. In fact, “Fausto’s” lifetime stats and Correia’s are pretty similar:

 
Games
Started
Wins
Loses
ERA
WHIP
Roberto
Hernandez
19865904.581.41
Kevin
Correia
21374914.531.42

Little more than a week after Jon Lester and David Price and Justin Masterson and John

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Lackey all changed teams, not to mention Jeff Samardzija and Brandon McCarthy a few days before them, and now GM Ned Colletti appears to be body-snatching the undead among starting pitchers. Panic time? It sure seems like it. Though tonight's loss to the Brewers was their second in a
row, the Brewers have been one of the National League’s best from virtually day one of the season, and just prior to the Brewers’ series, the Dodgers did take three of four from one of the AL’s best, the Angels.

So, why Hernandez, why Correia? Ned? What gives? Is that really the best you can do with the Guggenheim billions? Have the purse strings suddenly been pulled tight?

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