During the D-Backs recent skid, there’s been no shortage of opinion here that someone needed to step and carry the D-Backs when they were down.
If it wasn’t a star like Justin Upton or Ian Kennedy, it had to be someone unexpected. BaseD upon his last two starts, fill-in starter
Wade Miley is making his case as one of the unexpected to step up. Miley has made two starts for the D-backs this season and has yet to allow an earned run in them. In fact, he was so good in yesterday’s 8-4 win that he took a no-hitter into the 6th inning. Miley completely outdueled Marlin’s ace Josh Johnson–who allowed 5 runs in 5.1 innings with striking out 8. Miley did it with his bat as well, going 1 for 3 with a run scored. He’s batting .375 for the season.
In another perceived tough pitching matchup for the Marlin’s tonight–rookie Patrick Corbin will make his MLB debut against Mark Buerhle in the series finale. Miley and Joe Saunders–both lefties–completely dominated the Marlin’s lineups in this series so despite the experience disparity in this match-up, Corbin might be in a good position when he takes the mound for the first time as a D-Back. Corbin get’s the call-up due to the recent well-documented struggles of fifth starter Josh Collmenter and perhaps because of a bit of luck. The other call-ups–Trevor Bauer and Barry Enright–both pitched last Thursday in the minors. Of the three likely call-up candidates, only Corbin is on full rest.
Perhaps because of a mere twist of fate, Corbin has his chance to shine tonight and take the first step toward cementing a place in the D-Backs’ rotation.