Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin is making it look too easy in his starts this season. He once again had another superb pitching performance, and this time his latest victim was the Philadelphia Phillies in a game on Thursday.
The Phillies lineup has not been scoring runs on a consistent basis as indicated by the team having a batting average of .240 this season. In this game they seldom did anything against him.
Corbin became the first Diamondbacks pitcher to go at least six innings and allow fewer than two earned runs in each of his first seven starts to start a season. The last starter for the Diamondbacks to accomplish this feat was Dan Haren in 2009, but his streak only lasted for six starts.
He has solidified himself as the ace of the starting rotation for Arizona even though he is the fifth man in their rotation. The Diamondbacks believe that every time he makes a start, they can win a game. This has been true this season as Arizona has won each of his seven starts.
Another thing that is impressive about his performance this season is that he is going up against starting pitchers that have accomplished more than him in their careers, and he has pitched better than them.
Corbin has already faced the Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw and Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels this season, and he has performed exceptionally better than them in both of those starts.
Corbin is off to great start this season, and he has shown why he is a premium pitcher in MLB.