The bad news from Sunday afternoon baseball for the Arizona Diamondbacks is they lost 1-0 at home to the lowly San Diego Padres, but the good news is that Patrick Corbin continued to author his brilliant 2013 campaign.
Corbin is now a gaudy 12-2, and the D-Backs have tallied a total of one run in his two losses. On Sunday, the second-year pitcher tossed eight innings allowing just one run (fourth straight start allowing just a measly one run) on six hits with zero walks and eight strikeouts. This performance lowered his era to 2.24 (fourth straight start that reduced his era) and his WHIP is now below 1.00 so this guy has been dealing all season long.
The 6-foot-2 lefty earned his first (of many) All-Star game births this season as he was 11-1 at the break. Wow. Arizona is scuffling to the point where they have lost their top spot in the NL West, but Corbin has been consistent for Kirk Gibson and his squad.
Sunday’s loss was Corbin’s first at Chase Field this season where he is now 11-1 with a minuscule era in the mid-one’s. Corbin is consistent with his mechanics, which allows him to use his good fastball and effective curve and change-up to get righties out with regularity, plus he dominates lefties. His delivery allows him to get cutting action on his fastball to jam righties, and his delivery is proving to be very effective on lefties. With young pitchers, I always want to look for mechanics that are repeatable so the youngster can not only establish himself at the MLB level but also establish his longevity.
The next time we see Corbin will be on Saturday at Fenway Park, which will be a great test and a real measuring stick for the young man who just turned 24 last week. I am already excited about that game as I like Corbin and we know the Boston Red Sox line-up provides a legit test for any starter, especially lefties at Fenway.