In before uproar to remind everyone what a token title "opening day starter" is. If healthy and moderately effective, Correia will make 30 starts. So will Maholm (if not traded). So will Ohlendorf. So will McDonald. There will be 162 total starts over the course of the 2011 baseball season for the Pirates. It's such a non-issue that Correia happens to be making the first one of those, the amount of time and energy I've seen spent on this topic is pretty silly.
That post was a breath of fresh air. The opening day starter is a nice 'honor' on a team with good pitching, but we already know that the bucs pitchers are mediocre at best. It doesn't label Correia as the ace of the staff or anything like that. Maholm gets the 'honor' of starting the home opener, but that means little as well. Would it really make anyone feel better if one of the others had been named the starter?
I understand your point there Scrap, and agree. But it's even less important than that. Because "mediocre at best" is giving considerably too much to the starting pitching. At least it is using a reasonable person standard. Basically, he's #1 on the worst starting staff in baseball. (On paper, at least) So yeah. Meaningless.