Patrick Corbin rescued his 2017 season by posting a 3.26 ERA after the All-Star break, ranking 15th among starting pitchers, and matched his career-best 14 wins. The southpaw rediscovered dominance at 8.5 K/9, thanks to boosts in first-pitch strikes (62.5 percent), swinging strikes (11.0) and pitches in the zone (43.1). That looks good when paired with his elite groundball rate (53.8 percent in 2016, 50.4 in 2017). The young vet thrived with Jeff Mathis behind the plate (3.41 ERA in six starts) and could approach his 3.15 home ERA again if the Diamondbacks install a humidor at Chase Field. However, his outlook would be sunnier had he not lost control the last two years (3.3 BB/9 combined), and he must figure out how to tame righties, who tagged him for a .349 wOBA last year. The 28-year-old also leans heavily on his slider, a common cause for health issues. That said, he looks to have returned to pre-Tommy John form and can be had at a bargain in many drafts.
Corbin agreed to a one-year, $7.5 million deal with the Diamondbacks on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Corbin will nearly double his salary this upcoming season after posting a 4.03 ERA over 189.2 innings in 2017. He increased his strikeout rate by three percentage points and decreased his walk rate by two points in what was an injury-free campaign for the southpaw. He'll again be a key component in the Diamondbacks' impressive starting rotation that remains unchanged from last year.
Corbin is the likely choice to start Game 4 for the Diamondbacks in the NLDS, but it's not official, and he may be available out of the bullpen for Game 2 on Saturday, Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com reports. Arizona will look to even the series Saturday, so it may require Corbin to come in if Robbie Ray can't eat enough innings. Expect the D-backs to reveal a finalized rotation after Game 2.
Corbin will be available out of the bullpen this weekend in Kansas City. Zack Greinke, Taijuan Walker and Robbie Ray will start this weekend as Corbin gets acclimated to a bullpen role in preparation for the postseason. Corbin has endured a couple rough starts lately, but he went on a great run in July and August, reestablishing himself as a viable major-league starter after a disastrous 2016 season.
Corbin allowed two runs on five hits while walking four and striking out five over 6.2 innings Sunday against the Marlins. He didn't record a decision in the 3-2 victory. Interestingly enough, Sunday snapped a 12-game streak of decisions for Corbin, who went 8-4 with a 3.41 ERA during that span. He's projected to make one more start in the regular season Saturday in Kansas City before he and the Diamondbacks set their sights on the playoffs.
Corbin (14-13) allowed four runs on four hits and three walks while striking out three batters through five innings to take the loss against San Diego on Monday. The lefty had allowed a single run or fewer in seven of his past eight games, with the outlier an uncharacteristic shellacking -- eight runs allowed through 4.1 frames -- also at the hands of the Padres. Aside from the odd poor outing, 2017 has been an impressive rebound for Corbin, and he now sports a serviceable 3.42 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 8.7 K/9 through 13 second-half games. Corbin projects to face the Marlins at Chase Field in his next start.