Starters going deep into the game
Two games into the season and two Diamondbacks starting pitchers failed to go past the fifth inning.
Corbin struck out only one batter, giving up three runs (two earned) in four innings. He threw 87 pitches, but just 57 of them were strikes. Zack Greinke threw 92 pitches in five innings with two 20-plus pitch innings.
Both pitchers had plenty of deep counts and could not seem to find a putaway pitch. When Corbin has his great stuff, he can strike out batters left and right with his slider especially at the back foot of lefties.
It is early in the season, and Lovullo realized that. He spoke with arizonasports.com after Corbin’s outing.
"“I think if it’s mid-May we’re going to press them a little bit and get them closer to the 100-pitch mark,” Lovullo said. “I think in Patrick’s case we were just going for broke and we were trying to tie the game,” Lovullo said. “I think both could have pitched a little bit deeper into the game. It’s all a process. I know these guys will catch some steam and do what they’re supposed to do.”"
The Diamondbacks bullpen was taxed more than any other club in 2016. That has to change, and that means starters need to be more pitch efficient. Sixteen pitches per inning are considered efficient.