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Patrick Corbin's amazing (and historic) streak

By Danny Knobler | Baseball Insider

In the best stretch of his career, during his Cy Young/MVP season of 2011, Justin Verlander made nine straight starts in which he pitched at least six innings and gave up no more than two runs.

That's what Patrick Corbin has done to start this year.

Corbin's streak just keeps getting more impressive. When the 23-year-old Diamondbacks left-hander beat the Rockies with a complete-game, 10-strikeout performance Monday night, he ran his streak of impressive starts to nine.

How impressive?

Well, Baseball-Reference.com's incredible streak finder allows you to search all the way back to 1916. In 98 years of searching, the only other pitcher to begin a season with nine straight starts of six-plus innings and no more than two runs was Ubaldo Jimenez of the 2010 Rockies.

That's two guys in nearly 100 years (or probably more, since chances are that no one did it before 1916, either).

(As one sharp-eyed reader pointed out, Bob Tewksbury did the six-plus innings, two-runs-or-fewer thing in each of his first 10 starts with the 1992 Cardinals. But Tewksbury made a relief appearance in a 17-inning game in the middle of his streak.)

Even if you don't limit it to season-beginning streaks, what Corbin has done is pretty special. Roy Halladay has never had nine straight starts of six-plus, no-more-than-two in his career. Randy Johnson never went more than nine in a row. Clayton Kershaw, as good as he is, has never gone more than five in a row.

Patrick Corbin has nine. He'll go for 10 on Sunday against the Padres.

 
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