It is amazing what a couple of days away from Internet access will do for the body. I feel relaxed and clear-headed even if I had a slight fever driving home yesterday from upstate New York. Anyway, we are in December and before we put a bow on 2013, I would like to take the remainder of the year to look back on some great moments provided by the Arizona Diamondbacks this past season.
Patrick Corbin finally gets his 10th victory. I am not sure any of us saw it coming. Sure, we knew the 24 year old lefty had a chance to be a good pitcher but did we think he was going to become the team’s ace? Corbin won a three way battle for the fifth starter’s spot but by the middle of May he was by far the team’s best pitcher. After his June 2nd victory over the Chicago Cubs, Corbin’s record was 9-0 with a 2.06 ERA. It wouldn’t be long before win number ten would be secure.
Well, not quite. Over the next six starts, Corbin went at least seven innings in four of them and allowed no more than two earned runs in any of them. The bullpen blew a lead on June 22 against the Reds while the offense was stuck in neutral in the other three contests, not scoring runs until after Corbin had departed. The other two starts were tough with Pat tasting defeat for the first time on July 2nd against the Mets.
The quest for number ten finally reached its conclusion on July 7 as Corbin hurled eight masterful innings against the Rockies allowing one run on three hits while fanning ten. The bats at long last delivered in a 10-1 victory. It was as if the lineup was tired of being blamed for not helping out the youngster. Corbin would go on to receiving his first All Star selection and finish the season with a 14-8 record with a 3.41 ERA.