by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/23/2013) At the start of spring training, Patrick Corbin was not even assured a spot in the Diamondbacks' rotation, after putting up a 4.54 ERA as a rookie in 2012. After nine starts, however, he has made a case for being the best pitcher in the National League so far this season. His 7-0 record and 1.44 ERA are opening eyes.
"It's impressive," D-backs Opening Day starter Ian Kennedy told MLB.com Thursday. "You're talking about a guy that people said might barely make the team in the fifth spot. He pitches well in Spring Training, but it's Spring Training. Then the season starts and he's doing pretty good now. He's on a roll now. I'm impressed."
Corbin is coming off his best start of the season, a complete-game three-hitter in a win over the Rockies that pushed him into the NL lead in wins. He also ranks second in ERA, eighth in WHIP (0.98) and has a miniscule .196 batting average allowed.
Patrick Corbin good, but not this good
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (5/21/2013) Some of the trade scenarios involving the Diamondbacks' Patrick Corbin in Tuesday's Fantasy Baseball Today chat were positively nutty. Yoenis Cespedes for Corbin? Matt Kemp for Corbin? Get real.
Listen, I like Corbin. I picked him up in a few leagues a couple weeks into the season and have been starting him fairly consistently since then. I even moved him up to 43rd in my starting pitcher rankings after his latest masterpiece at Colorado, of all places. And he deserves it. The improvement he's made this season is legitimate. But just because I've enjoyed what he's done for me doesn't mean I've lost all perspective with him.
He's not Clayton Kershaw. He's not even Matt Harvey. He won't be in the Cy Young discussion at season's end. And when his ERA normalizes to something right around 3.00, his limited strikeout potential will make him less than an automatic start.
Check out Wade Miley's numbers on June 24 last year. Much of what people are saying about Corbin now they were saying about Miley then. No, Miley didn't collapse -- and neither will Corbin -- but his numbers did normalize.
Patrick Corbin whirls complete-game gem
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/21/2013) Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin was nothing short of dominant Monday night in Colorado. He didn't care he was pitching at Coors Field -- the Rockies could barely touch him.
Corbin pitched a complete game as he allowed just one run over 97 pitches in the 5-1 victory. He improved to 7-0 in the process with a pristine 1.44 ERA. The only run he allowed came in the eighth inning on Jordan Pacheco's RBI double.
The 23-year-old struck out 10 batters and gave up only three hits and a walk for his first career complete game. With 51 Ks over 62 1/3 innings and a seven-game winning streak, Corbin has been fantastic. His next scheduled start comes Sunday against San Diego.
Patrick Corbin runs record to 6-0
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (5/15/2013) Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin ran his record to 6-0 Tuesday night against the Braves. He worked seven scoreless innings, giving up three hits while striking out five. The left-hander also walked five in the 2-0 win.
Corbin threw 58 of his 98 pitches for strikes and lowered his ERA to 1.52.
"I feel good and I just want to keep it going," Corbin said. "Anytime I can go out there and pitch like this is awesome."
His next start is scheduled for Monday against the Rockies.
Patrick Corbin 'maturing' into reliable arm
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/14/2013) Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin heads into Tuesday's outing against the Braves having won three straight starts and remaining undefeated after seven starts. He's at the beginning of a breakout run, which manager Kirk Gibson believes can last.
"Just maturing and understanding his abilities," Gibson said, per MLB.com. "He has developed his pitches and he's much better at locating them. His velocity has ticked up a bit too because he's growing into his frame. He understands game plans and executes them. He's just good at all facets. He's highly competitive and he's not intimidated by any situation."
Patrick Corbin still dominating
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/10/2013) Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin turned in a stellar performance as he picked up his fifth win of the season during Thursday's contest against the Phillies.
Corbin (5-0), who made his seventh start of the season, was charged with a run on a fielder's choice in the seventh inning for his only damage of the night. He allowed one run and four hits in 6 1/3 innings of work in a 2-1 victory. He struck out four and walked two on 89 pitches, 54 for strikes.
Corbin became the first pitcher in franchise history to open the season with seven straight starts with six-plus innings and two runs or fewer. He has a 1.75 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP over that span. The 23-year-old is scheduled to start Tuesday at home against Atlanta. He has allowed just three runs in 19 innings of work through his first three starts at Chase Field.
Patrick Corbin Ks seven, picks up fourth win
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/5/2013) Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin enjoyed another quality start as he picked up his fourth win of the season Saturday night against the Padres.
Corbin (4-0), who made his sixth start of the season, fired six scoreless inning before serving up a solo home run to Chris Denorfia in the seventh for his only damage of the night. The left-hander yielded just one run and five hits over seven innings of work. He struck out seven and walked three in 97 pitches, 59 strikes.
Corbin has allowed two runs or fewer in each of his six starts. He has struck out seven or more in three of his last four starts. The 23-year-old is is projected to make his next scheduled start Thursday at home against Philadelphia. He is 5-3 with a 2.63 ERA in 11 appearances (nine starts) at Chase Field.
Patrick Corbin continues to roll
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/28/2013) Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin turned in another strong effort as he picked up his third win of the season Sunday against the Rockies,
Corbin, who made his fifth start of the season, surrendered two runs in the sixth, including a run-scoring single off the bat of Dexter Fowler. The left-hander yielded two runs and nine hits over 6 2/3 innings of work in a 4-2 victory. He struck out five and did not issue a walk in 96 pitches, 62 strikes. It was his second straight outing without issuing a walk.
Corbin has allowed just three runs while striking out 23 in his last 27 innings of work. He is scheduled to pitch Saturday at San Diego. The 23-year-old allowed three runs and six hits over 5 1/3 innings in his lone start at Petco Field last season. He is 1-0 with a 2.21 ERA in three starts away from Chase Field this season.
Time to move in on Patrick Corbin
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (4/24/2013) Two players compelled me to drop what I was doing Tuesday and check on their availability in all of my leagues. One was the Tigers' Jose Valverde. The other was the Diamondbacks' Patrick Corbin, who delivered his second straight start with seven strikeouts over seven-plus innings.
Before, I was intrigued by his sudden increase in velocity. Now, I'm buying into it. At a time when most pitchers are working to regain what they had last year, he's already averaging a mile per hour more on his fastball, and it's beginning to show up in his strikeout totals.
Granted, he's far from a proven commodity, but he has emerged as one of my preferred early-season waiver claims, alongside Ervin Santana and Jose Quintana.
Patrick Corbin sporting 1.71 ERA
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/24/2013) Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin continued his strong start on Tuesday night against the Giants. He allowed two runs on six hits over 7 1/3 innings of work.
The left-hander made it through his first seven frames unscathed before running into trouble in the eighth. In that frame, he put the leadoff batter on before Brandon Crawford hit an RBI triple. Crawford scored on a groundout and Corbin was pulled after giving up a single to Angel Pagan.
Corbin, who threw 96 pitches, left in line for the win but the bullpen was unable to hold on. He also struck out seven with no walks in a no-decision.
The 23-year-old has a 1.71 ERA through four outings.
His next start is scheduled for Sunday against the Rockies. In three starts against Colorado last season, Corbin went 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA.
Patrick Corbin a two-start option
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/20/2013) Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin should be worth picking up and sticking in your lineup for Fantasy Week 4 (April 22-28), according to Al Melchoir's pitching planner. Melchoir ranks Corbin 52nd among all starting options this week, with a pair of starts on the way. He will take on the Giants Tuesday and the Rockies Sunday.
Corbin had an up-and-down rookie season, but he has been one of the best pitchers in baseball through the early part of this season. Through three starts, Corbin is 2-0, with a 1.42 ERA. Corbin is the fourth-most added player in CBSSports.com Fantasy leagues but is still available in 42 percent of leagues as of Saturday.
Patrick Corbin stays tough to hit
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/18/2013) Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin had another strong start in Thursday's 6-2 no-decision against the Yankees, allowing one earned run on just two hits and three walks in seven innings while striking out seven.
Corbin surrendered just three hits in his previous start against baseball's other premium-salary franchise, the Dodgers. He'll take a 1.42 ERA into Tuesday's start against the Giants in San Francisco.
Patrick Corbin worth a shot with two starts
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst (4/17/2013) It's not clear what kind of pitcher Fantasy owners have in Patrick Corbin this year. The Diamondbacks' lefty has been throwing harder than he did last year, dialing his fastball up to 92 mph on average -- a tick above last season's mark -- but he's not been the control artist that we have come to know.
With not many quality two-start pitchers available on waivers for Fantasy Week 4 (April 22-28), Corbin is worth a one-week trial. Even if he is wild, he will face a Giants lineup that is not known for its patience, as well as the Rockies, but away from Coors Field. With a 45 percent ownership rate on CBSSports.com, Corbin should be available in a wide swath of mixed leagues.
Patrick Corbin cuts down home run rate
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/14/2013) While Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin will have a market correction at some point, I don't think it will be as severe as you might anticipate. In case you can't tell, I'm buying his hot start.
The most telling sign for me is Corbin is keeping the baseball in the park, which was a problem for him last season. Corbin surrendered 14 home runs in 107 innings last year (1.2 HR/9). That was a little bit uncharacteristic since he allowed just 0.7 home runs per nine innings in 430 2/3 minor-league innings. Through two starts, Corbin hasn't allowed a home run and he allowed just one in 25 2/3 spring innings, while he was securing a spot in the team's rotation.
Corbin is a heavy groundball pitcher, but he seems to be doing an even better job of keeping the ball down in 2013 (25.6 percent fly ball rate, per FanGraphs.com), which is why I feel he will be able to sustain his success.
Patrick Corbin picks up second win
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/13/2013) Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin turned in a dominant outing as he outdueled Clayton Kershaw and picked up his second consecutive win Friday night against the Dodgers.
Corbin (2-0), who made his second start of the season, tossed six strong shutout innings of three-hit ball and walked three in a 3-0 victory. He also struck out four on 106 pitches, 61 strikes.
Corbin has a 1.50 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP through his first two starts and is scheduled to take the mound again Thursday on the road against the Yankees. He has yet to face the Yankees in his career and has allowed just two runs in six innings of work on the road this season.
Patrick Corbin earns win in debut
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/6/2013) Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin won a spot in the rotation by posting a 2.83 ERA in seven outings this spring and was strong in his season debut on Saturday against the Brewers.
The left-hander allowed two runs on eight hits over six innings of work in a 9-2 win. He gave up all of his damage over the first two frames before cruising over his final four.
Corbin, who threw 97 pitches, also struck out two and walked one in the victory.
Patrick Corbin nabs final rotation spot
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/30/2013) Given his strong performance in Cactus League games this spring, it's not surprising that Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson announced Patrick Corbin as the team's fifth starter Saturday.
Corbin put the finishing touches on his spring tryout Friday, pitching six shutout innings to lower his ERA to 3.66 in 19 2/3 innings. He beat out Randall Delgado for the final spot in the rotation.
Corbin had a 4.54 ERA in 17 starts and five appearances out of the bullpen last season. He will likely make his season debut against the Brewers in the team's second series of the season next weekend.
Patrick Corbin in midseason form
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/29/2013) Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin made a strong statement in his final push to make the rotation Friday, pitching a regular season workload against the Reds.
Corbin threw 93 pitches in six innings and limited the Reds to just two hits. He shut them out, allowing just one extra-base hit. Corbin walked two batters and struck out seven while lowering his spring ERA to 2.81.
The Diamondbacks are expected to make their final cuts Saturday, and the rotation will likely be announced at the same time. Corbin posted a 4.54 ERA in 107 innings last season, and appears to be battling with Randall Delgado for the final spot.
Patrick Corbin pitching his way to relevance?
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/24/2013)Patrick Corbin seems to be in the driver's seat to win the final spot in the Diamondbacks' rotation. He's been impressive this spring, going 3-0 with a 3.66 ERA in six outings (four starts. Honestly, though, I've been most impressed with the fact he has struck out 19 batters in 19 2/3 innings.
Last season, Corbin struck out 7.2 batters per nine innings in 22 outings (17 starts), but he definitely has room to grow in that area because he struck out 8.4 batters per nine innings in the minors.
It's not overly surprising to see Corbin the front-runner to win a spot in the Diamondbacks' rotation. While Tyler Skaggs and Randall Delgado might have more long-term upside, Corbin went 31-16 with a 3.78 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 430 2/3 minor-league innings, so it's not like he was a slouch in the minors. It's just that his upside might be as a mid-rotation arm in the majors at best.
I'd leave Corbin for NL-only and deeper mixed leagues on Draft Day.
Patrick Corbin still battling
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/23/2013) Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin continued to try to prove himself worthy of the fifth starter's role Friday, as he pitched five solid innings against the Indians. Corbin allowed two runs in the game, after walking the bases loaded in the third inning and allowing a two-run single. He was solid otherwise, scattering three hits, while striking out four batters.
Corbin lowered his ERA to 3.66 in six spring outings, with 19 strikeouts and just seven walks in 19 2/3 innings. Corbin posted a 4.54 ERA in 22 appearances last season with the Diamondbacks, but is stuck in a battle with Randall Delgado for the final spot in the rotation.
D-Backs' pitching battle down to two
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/18/2013) The Diamondbacks made the first trim in their competition for the final spot in the starting rotation Monday by optioning Tyler Skaggs to Triple-A Reno. That leaves only two players remaining in the battle -- Patrick Corbin and Randall Delgado -- with less than two weeks remaining before opening day.
Corbin appears to have a slight advantage, posting a 2-0 record and 3.68 ERA over five Cactus League games (three starts). He has also amassed 15 strikeouts to just four walks over 14 2/3 innings. Meanwhile, Delgado, one of the key pieces in the deal that sent Justin Upton to Atlanta in the offseason, has only appeared in three games and compiled a 6.43 ERA over seven innings of work.
Patrick Corbin contains Padres; strikes out four
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (3/17/2013) Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin was able to limit most of his damage in Sunday's Cactus League outing against the Padres. He gave up nine hits and walked a batter over 4 2/3 innings but surrendered just one run. The left-hander made it through his first four frames unscathed before giving up an RBI single to Travis Buck in the fifth. Corbin, who is competing for a spot in the rotation, also struck out four.
Corbin has inside track?
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/13/2013)The Arizona Republic reports Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin appears to be the front-runner for the final spot in the team's rotation. What are you trying to say? manager Kirk Gibson said, when a reporter implied that Corbin has outpitched the competition, which includes Tyler Skaggs and Randall Delgado. No, you cant deny it. Hell have to keep going. Stay healthy. Keep working on some things. Corbin has posted a 4.50 ERA through four appearances (two starts), while Skaggs has a 12.79 ERA through three outings (two starts) and Delgado has a 15.00 ERA through two outings (one start). Im certainly not disappointed, Gibson said of Corbin, but I dont want him to get into a position where he gets happy with what hes done so far. Weve got to keep pushing to get better and better and better.
Corbin makes his case
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/12/2013) Arizona rotation candidate Patrick Corbin made a strong case to own the final spot for manager Kirk Gibson on Tuesday in a Cactus League start against Seattle. Corbin worked fast and threw a lot of strikes as he allowed one earned run on four hits and no walks over four innings. He struck out two batters and lowered his spring ERA to 4.50. Corbin has now thrown 10 innings this spring and has given up five runs with 11 strikeouts.
Corbin rocked by Royals
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/6/2013) Arizona starter Patrick Corbin did not fare well on Wednesday during a Cactus League outing against the Royals. Corbin was rocked over one inning of work as he allowed four earned runs on three hits and a walk. He struck out one but served up a grand slam against Alex Gordon. Corbin's ERA on the Cactus season is at 6.00. He had not allowed a run over his first five spring innings prior to Wednesday.
(3/1/2013) Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin boosted his case for a rotation spot again in his second outing of the Cactus League on Friday against the Cubs. He worked three scoreless innings, giving up three hits while striking out four. The left-hander also walked one. Corbin has eight strikeouts through five innings this spring while not allowing a run. "He spots his ball well, and his slider was a really good pitch for him this game," manager Kirk Gibson said. "He keeps his composure and continues to make good pitches."
Corbin Ks four in debut
(2/24/2013) Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin made his Cactus League debut on Sunday against the Rockies. He worked two scoreless innings, giving up one hit while striking out four. The left-hander also issued one walk while throwing 18 pitches, 14 for strikes. "Last year I came up and wanted to show them what I have and this year you have a definite goal in mind," Corbin said. "I can relax and just try to be myself and show that I can be the guy."