Kristy Robinson talks to Kevin Correia, who suddenly has 11 strikeouts in his last two starts.
"I just decided to pitch for strikeouts more often than I was in the first half. It’s just a different kind of style."
"I’m not afraid to throw 90 pitches in six innings, because with our bullpen that’s all you need to do. Before I was in the mentality of trying to get deep in games with the low pitch count. That’s obviously going to cost you a lot of strikeouts. I just kind of made a little adjustment to try to get some swing or misses more often. You need that at certain points of the game and that’s an adjustment I’ve tried to make in the second half."
At Bucs Dugout, David Todd expresses some skepticism about the idea that Correia has suddenly become a different type of pitcher, and I think he's right to. Often when a player posts a fluky-looking performance in a small sample size, he'll talk about the adjustments he's made ... and then he'll go right back to being the sort of player he always was. That's what I'd expect to happen in this case. Correia simply isn't a strikeout pitcher.