Six scoreless innings while giving up only two hits; that’s a good line for any pitcher on any night of the year. For Patrick Corbin it was the perfect push he needed. Corbin has been making a strong showing to try and win the Arizona Diamondbacks fifth starter job. He has been battling Randall Delgado for the position all spring and it has come down to the final two games of the spring season. The one on Friday night was pitched by Corbin and the final game on Saturday will give Delgado his final chance.
As close of a match-up as this has been, the numbers really aren’t that close. The strong start on Friday night took Corbin’s spring ERA to 2.81 while Delgado starts Saturday with an ERA above 6.00. Delgado is a good pitcher and could be the choice for many reasons. I think that Corbin has shown more consistency overall and the outing against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night cemented that he should be the guy.
If they chose Corbin, this could be a springboard for him. His stuff looks really good and could even be dominant when he is on like he was last night. I didn’t see any Reds players going up with paper bats or anything. Those guys were trying to win the game. The eventually did but that was after Corbin shut them down for six frames on two hits. Unfortunately for Corbin, the Diamondbacks didn’t score any runs in support of him and they lost by a run. Hopefully, if he gets the job he should get as the fifth starter, the Diamondbacks will see fit to score him a few runs and grab a few wins for him.