Time To Say Goodbye To Roy Corcoran
Last year, the Mariners got 73 good innings out of Roy Corcoran. He was a poor man’s Sean Green, throwing a nasty sinker that got a ton of groundballs and allowed him to pitch his way around some command problems. However, very few pitchers can survive a pitch to contact strategy if they don’t have the ability to pound the strike zone, and Corcoran is feeling the swift kick of regression to the mean.
After last night’s struggles, his season line now stands at 13 2/3 IP, 22 H, 15 BB, and 5 K. His FIP is 6.79. The M’s hoped that a trip to the DL would solve his early season command problems, but he’s been just as bad since coming back a few weeks ago – 6 walks and 1 strikeout in 5 innings of work. Groundballs are great, but if you can’t throw strikes or miss bats, you’re in trouble. Corcoran is in trouble.
Shawn Kelley should be back off the disabled list in a week or two, and Corcoran is the obvious candidate to lose his roster spot when that happens. I’d suggest they not even wait that long, however. There are other options – the Rays just designated Winston Abreu for assignment, so he’ll on waivers shortly and could be had for nothing. The M’s are already giving themselves the short end of the stick by playing with a bunch of Triple-A backups as they head out for their toughest stretch of the season. They don’t need to take Corcoran to Boston and New York and let him continue to prove that he’s incapable of getting major league hitters out.
The upside of Corcoran pitching this badly is he’d almost certainly clear waivers, so the M’s could send him to Tacoma and see if he gets himself straightened out. He’s not helping the team, or himself, turning deficits into blowouts. It’s time for a change.