The Arizona Diamondbacks were left searching for answers after the San Francisco Giants pulled off a great come from behind victory in first game of this series on Monday night. The bright spot for Arizona was that, they had their talented lefty Patrick Corbin to pitch in the second game of the series on Tuesday.
Corbin has been the best pitcher for Diamondbacks this season, and best part about his success is that he was not guaranteed a roster spot in spring training. He had to show the coaching staff that he deserved to be a member of the Diamondbacks starting rotation.
Arizona always believed that he had the ability to become a good starting pitcher, but there was one area that he lacked to become great. The most important aspect for a young starting pitcher to be become successful in MLB is to have confidence in your pitches, and Corbin has exhibited this confidence in each start he has made for the Diamondbacks in the 2013 season.
The confidence for Corbin begins and ends with the command of his fastball. He was able to throw his fastball for strikes with great efficiency against the Giants hitters, and then he was able to finish them off with his slider.
Corbin worked on making his slider an effective pitch in the spring, and has used it more often this season to put opposing hitters away. Corbin threw with plenty of confidence in this start tonight, and will only gain more as the season progresses.