The Arizona Diamondbacks were coming off one of their worst defeats during this season in the previous game to the Atlanta Braves. There was a concern as to how would they respond in this game and also if their starting pitcher Patrick Corbin would be able to contain the Braves’ potent offense.
The first game in this series was about Justin Upton making his return to Arizona, but the second game was all about Corbin showing why he is one of the best starting pitchers in MLB.
Corbin has been the best pitcher for the Diamondbacks this season by a wide margin, and he has had his best stuff in every game. The true mark of great pitcher is when he can dominate a game even though he does not have his best stuff.
This was true for him in this start as his command was not the best, but he maneuvered around a Braves line up that has shown the ability to score runs in bunches. The other aspect that made this start impressive was that Arizona was on three-game losing streak coming into this game.
Most teams do not normally rely on the fifth starter in the rotation to break a losing streak. Corbin is not your ordinary fifth starter, and has shown that he is a very special pitcher. He shows no fear when he is on the mound, and goes about his business the same.
The one major aspect to his success is that he throws first-pitch strikes to the opposition, and he entered this game leading the NL in this category at 71 percent.