Though many have talked about this over the course of the month of May, it bears repeating. Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin is quite the story this year because he went from fighting to make the team at all to being the ace of the staff so far. His month of May won him pitcher of the month honors and cemented his name as one of the top pitchers in Major League Baseball for the first half of the season. Does this mean he has a chance at contending for the Cy-Young award in his second season in the majors?
Absolutely that’s what it means. If they gave an award for sophomore of the year he would have a real chance at that too. The only puzzling this at this point is why the Diamondbacks made him fight for the job in the first place. Though honestly he didn’t perform nearly this well last season so it is possible that the very fact that he had to fight for his spot spurred his potential to spring forward into action.
Either way at 9-0 with a 2.06 ERA, he is easily among the best in the game right now. The only problem with starts like his is that it is a very long season and keeping that pace of for the entire season is very difficult, especially for a young pitcher that might not be accustomed to throwing nearly 200 innings. The month of June is already starting a little rockier for Corbin but I think he will be okay until after the all-star break as long as he keeps his composure.
The real test if he makes it that long at this successful pace will be mid-way through August and through the rest of the season. Those “dog days of summer” will be tough on the youngster but he has met every obstacle and demolished it so far. He very well might dominate the league all season long and run away with the award.