There’s no easy way to put it: Carlos Correa has been absolutely awful ove the course of his contract with the Minnesota Twins.
There’s also a lot of nuance in that statement.
Correa signed a six-year, $200 million contract this winter — rather infamously — but he has yet to hold up his end of the deal. He’s hitting an embarassing .185 with an anemic .271 OBP. Things couldn’t be going much worse for Correa other than not having him in th lineup, which some fans might deem an improvement on what’s happening.
That’s not exactly what you’re looking for out of a guy the team invested a franchise-record contract in, and it’s clear Twins fans have seen enough.
Correa’s struggles at the plate continued on Tuesday against the San Diego Padres. In the seventh inning, Correa stepped up with two runners in scoring position and a chance to tie the game.
He struck out swinging, ending the inning and zapping the momentum Minnesota had build in the face of a 3-1 deficient. Fans at Target Field began to shower Correa with boos as he stripped off his batting equipment and prepared to re-take the field.
Twins are getting sick of Carlos Correa struggling at the plate
Compounding frustrations is the lack of offensive assistance the Twins have been giving their stellar starting pitching. Tuesday was yet another example of a starter turning in a great performance only to watch it be undone by an offense that isn’t pulling its weight.
Minnesota lost 6-1, dropping to 19-17 on the season. In any division other that the NL East, the Twins would be a third-place team at best. Thankfully the AL Central remains among the worst in baseball, which makes the Twins barely holding onto first place even more embarassing.
The boos were directed at Correa but could be seen as a message for the entire offense.
Correa wasn’t the only Twins player who drew the ire of fans, as Max Kepler was on the receiving end of boos as well. Kepler’s offensive struggles, while not excusable, were not totally unexpected. One of the best things about the shift ban coming into the season was how it might help Kepler return to his 2019 levels of production.
The same can’t be said for Correa, who is being paid $200 million to drive in the two runners on base instead of striking out.
It wasn’t just fans at Target Field who were letting their feelings about Correa’s continued struggles known. Fans watching at home fought the urge to shut the game off.
While it’s frustrating now to see Correa struggle, the good news is that there’s still plenty of season left for him to figure it out. The optics certainly aren’t great, and opens the Twins up to easy criticism for handing Correa such a massive deal, but it’s shortsighted to judge the deal two months into the season.
Correa is still a superstar, just one who is in s slump, but hopefully the angst of Twins fans holds him accountable to himself and motivates him to pull himself out of the funk he’s been in since the start of the year.