Dodgers fans' unrelenting hatred for Carlos Correa is a beautiful thing
In a game that featured 24 hits and 17 runs, Carlos Correa contributed nothing. The Minnesota Twins slugger is down bad so far in 2023, and Los Angeles Dodgers fans added to the pain by letting him hear it on Monday night.
Correa, after signing a six-year, $200 million contract and spurning the New York Mets' $315 million offer because only half of that money was guaranteed and contingent on annual physicals, is hitting .201 with a .227 OBP, .673 OPS and 85 OPS+ in 38 games with the Twins this year.
He obviously won't end 2023 (or, at least, we think) with numbers that bad, but if you don't recall last season, it was kind of the same story. Outside of a resurgent September performance when the Twins were firmly out of the playoff picture, Correa wasn't very good.
Had it not been for his .355/.412/.589 slash line with seven homers and 19 RBI in his final 31 games, who knows what his numbers would've looked like (he finished with 22 homers, 64 RBI and an .834 OPS)?
On Monday night, he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and was appropriately welcomed by the crowd at Dodger Stadium during the pregame introductions and his first at-bat.
Dodgers fans booing and chanting "cheater" at Carlos Correa was incredible
Beautiful. Absolutely gorgeous. The best fans in baseball. Almost 50,000 fans attended this interleague matchup on a Monday night to make sure they got their jeers in. Just imagine the backlash had LA signed Correa this past offseason after Trea Turner's departure. Would've been an absolute disaster, especially if he was performing like he is now.
Correa's been good for 0.2 WAR this season, with more of his value coming on the defensive side of the ball ... although he's been good for 0 Defensive Runs Saved (his favorite metric when comparing himself to Derek Jeter) and is only in the 61st percentile for Outs Above Average (he was in the 18th percentile last season and the 97th percentile in 2021). The decline might be underway!
It's also troubling that his advanced metrics on the offensive side of the ball aren't necessarily foreshadowing a bounce back. His average exit velocity is in the 50th percentile and he's below average in xwOBA, expected batting average, strikeout percentage, whiff percentage and chase rate.
If this play keeps up, Dodgers fans won't have any reason to boo him the next time he comes back to LA, but for now we'll enjoy every second of his public shaming for what happened in 2017.