Patrick Corbin Looks For His Seventh Win
The Arizona Diamondbacks have become known for their under-the-radar pitching staff these last few years. Whether it was Ian Kennedy’s break-out 2011 season, Wade Miley’s ROY-runner up 2012 season, or Patrick Corbin’s 6-0 start this season (hopefully that becomes 7-0 after tonight’s game).
They don’t all have the skills of Justin Verlander, or the super-star status of players like Tim Lincecum or CC Sabathia. But the pitchers they have assembled have turned heads in the MLB, and more than one team would love to add them to their own rosters.
Patrick Corbin is currently tied 5th for wins this season, but among the top 10 pitchers (for Wins), he holds the distinction of lowest ERA at 1.52. (Only Shelby Miller and Clayton Kershaw have lower ERA’s this season, but both have lost 2 of their games).
Many share Chipper Jones‘ recent sentiments:
This Corbin dude is pretty nasty!
— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) May 15, 2013
Tonight Corbin hopes to continue his “nasty” ways by leading the D’backs to victory over the Colorado Rockies. While he won’t be able to reach Brandon Webb’s record of 9 wins in 9 games, (Corbin will play in his 9th game of this season tonight), he does join future Hall-of-Famer Randy Johnson as the two left-handers in D’backs history to start a season with a 6-0 record (or better).
He’ll face off against Jon Garland (3-4, 4.89 ERA) of the Rockies. Garland has lost his last two games, but he has been part of the turn-around for Colorado, who ended their season last year at 64-98, spending a good portion of the year with a 3-man starting rotation. Colorado is currently 1 game behind the Diamondbacks, tied with the San Francisco Giants.
This series many be a battle of titans, but two scrappy teams looking to prove that you don’t need a big payroll, or big name players to dominate in a division. Paul Goldschmidt looks to continue dominating NL West pitching with his .333 average against Garland. Or perhaps the hero will be Gerardo Parra (.667 average) or it will be Miguel Montero‘s chance to overcome his .180 average facing Garland (average of .500 so far this year).
Whatever the outcome, this series deserves your attention.