Patrick Corbin: Arizona Diamondbacks Hidden Gem

by Chris Lacey | Posted on Saturday, April 13th, 2013
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The Arizona Diamondbacks had their rookie pitcher Patrick Corbin starting a game on Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Corbin had the task of attempting to keep up with Dodgers left-handed pitching ace Clayton Kershaw.

This was not going to be any easy task for Corbin as Kershaw coming into this start had yet to allow an earned run this season. Kershaw in his starts this season has looked unbeatable.

Once the game got under way Kershaw was throwing like he going to have no problem with the Diamondbacks line up  Arizona entering this game had struggled against left-handed pitchers this season, as indicated by their .193 batting average.

Corbin did a great job in this game by keeping the Dodgers hitters off-balance, and managed to battle through some tough innings. The Dodgers were trying to force Corbin to throw plenty of pitches in the early innings, and they hoped this would cause him to make mistakes as the game went on. They were able to put base runners in multiple innings, but were unable to have any success against Corbin.

One of the most impressive things that Corbin has done this season is that, he is throwing with more velocity as the game begins. This is beneficial to Corbin because he likes to attack hitters with his fastball early in the count, and then set them up with his off-speed pitches.

The only issue that Corbin had in this start was that in his last inning he was not able to finish off his pitches. Corbin had this issue because the Dodgers were able to force him to throw plenty of pitches in the previous innings. Corbin was determined to throw quality pitches even though it seemed like he ran out of gas in his final inning of work.

Corbin pitched a great game, and performed better against one of the better pitchers in MLB. The Diamondbacks have a special talent in Corbin.

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Chris Lacey has been following baseball since he was 12 years old. His allegiances are with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Toronto Blue Jays. Follow Chris on Twitter @aecanada12

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