Corbin (2-0) picked up the win in Monday's 16-4 rout of the Mets, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out four. The southpaw fired five scoreless innings before running into a bit of trouble in the sixth, but by that point the Nats had a 14-0 lead. Corbin needed 87 pitches (54 strikes) to record his second quality start in three outings and reduce his ERA to 2.50. He'll look to keep rolling when he next takes the mound Saturday in Baltimore.
Corbin (1-0) allowed three earned runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out eight across 5.2 innings to earn the win Tuesday against the Mets. Corbin cruised through three innings, walking one and allowing one hit while fanning four. The big blow against him came in the fourth inning, when he surrendered a two-run home run to Michael Conforto, though another run crossed the plate in the fifth frame when he allowed three consecutive singles. Though Corbin may not have had his best stuff -- he generated 11 swinging strikes on 102 total pitches -- he held the Mets largely to only base knocks, earned the win, and racked up plenty of strikeouts. Corbin is projected to make his next start Monday in a rematch against the Mets.
Corbin is slated to start Tuesday's game against the Mets in Washington, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports. After their three-game series in Miami this past weekend was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns, the Nationals will return from a four-day break Tuesday. Manager Dave Martinez has opted to use the off days to reorder the pitching schedule, as Corbin and Max Scherzer will take the hill for the two games versus the Mets. The Nationals are only scheduled to play five games this week and may not have Stephen Strasburg (hand) available for any of those contests, so Corbin could be in store for a two-start week if Martinez opts to temporarily shorten the rotation to four men. In that scenario, Austin Voth or Erick Fedde would likely move to the bullpen to clear room for Corbin to start Sunday's series finale with the Orioles.
Corbin allowed one earned run on two hits and no walks while striking out eight across 6.1 innings Sunday against the Yankees. He did not factor into the decision. Corbin retired the first 11 batters he faced -- five via strikeout -- before allowing an infield hit. The only damage against him came in the seventh inning, when Gleyber Torres took him yard. Corbin worked very efficiently, requiring only 75 pitches to retire 19 batters. He'll look to carry this performance into his next start, currently projected for Friday at Miami.
Corbin's goal is to build up to six innings or 100 pitches by Opening Day, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports. "I feel pretty positive that I'll be able to get there," he said. He threw 43 pitches Saturday and will throw again Monday. In a season in which many pitchers will likely be on pitch counts in their first starts, Corbin would theoretically be as stretched out as just about anyone for his first turn in the rotation. He is expected to start July 26 at home against the Yankees.