After a wild offseason, the regular season hasn't started well for minnesota Twins shortstop carlos correa. He's struggling mightily at the plate, and after another disappointing game on Tuesday night, Correa began to hear boos at Target Field for the first time — boos that were directed at him.
“I'll boo myself with the amount of money I'm making, and I'm playing like that,” Correa said via MLB.com, Signed a six-year, $200 million contract with the Twins in January.
Here's the at-bat against the San diego Padres that brought the boo birds out of hiding. Correa was at the plate in the bottom of the seventh with two on and two outs. The Twins were only down by two runs, so a well-placed double could have tied the game. But Correa failed on the ball, dramatically swinging through strike three and ending the inning.
That's what it feels like when your triple slash drops to .185/.261/.363 for the season. (That's what it looks like when your average drops to .138 with runners in scoring position.) Overall, Correa went 0-for-5, striking out six runners on base in a 6-1 loss to the Twins. Were. If the season ends today, it will be the worst triple slash of his career. Distant,
Thankfully for Korea, the season isn't ending today. There are still 120+ baseball games to play, and he's working with Twins hitting coach David Popkins to get out of that slump. A mechanical change he's made has helped Correa feel like he's moving the ball, and he's also working on reducing the effects of the stretching and yoga he did during the offseason. . While it is good to be flexible, the increased flexibility has lengthened his swing, and it is now taking him much longer to time the bat to hit the ball.
The results may not come immediately, but Correa knows he has to persevere and eventually the hits will fall.
“Obviously, it's been a tough start, but the season doesn't end there,” Correa said. “So, my work doesn't end there either. Just keep working, trusting the work process I'm putting into the cage every day, and naturally, something is going to click.