Staying the rest of the 2012 season, Corbin finished with a 6-8 mark, a 4.54 earned run average and 86 strikeouts in 107 innings. In other words, it was a solid rookie season, but offered no hint as to how dominant Corbin would become in 2013.
Not expected to emerge as the Diamondbacks’ ace, Corbin quickly assumed that mantle this spring, winning his first nine decisions, all by June 2, and leading Arizona to the top of the National League West division standings. The highlight was a complete-game effort May 20 against Colorado, where Corbin allowed just three hits and struck out 10.
Following that 9-0 start, Corbin went without a decision for five consecutive outings, covering a full month, before taking his first loss last Tuesday – ironically, against the Mets at Citi Field. Then he bounced back Sunday, beating Colorado to improve to 10-1 just a day after his All-Star selection.
Having pitched 123 2/3 innings this season, Corbin has a 2.40 ERA, fifth in the National League, and has recorded 99 strikeouts against 31 walks allowed – a K/BB ratio of better than three to one.
And now Corbin gets to come back to Queens to potentially pitch in front of lots of friends and family, just as he did when he faced the New York Yankees (the team he grew up cheering for) on April 18 at Yankee Stadium.
One thing Corbin didn’t get at C-NS, though, was a state championship – something his younger sister, Kelly, earned as a senior playing for the softball Northstars last month.
The most remarkable part is that Corbin is one of two National League All-Stars with Central New York roots. Baldwinsville’s Jason Grilli, a career journeyman before he emerged as the top closer for the surprising Pittsburgh Pirates this spring, is making his All-Star debut, too.