I've been overjoyed to see the performance of Corbin this year. He has certainly been the brightest spot on a rotation that has, to put it mildly, struggled for consistency. But he is young and inexperienced, and that is why I'd rather have another pitcher starting tonight.
I remember a game that took place on June 10, 2007, between the Cubs and the Braves. There was no bad blood like that between the Dodgers and D'backs, but certain players had taken exception to certain other players. In the first inning Ted Lilly hit Edgar Renteria with a pitch, and was immediately ejected, leaving everyone flabbergasted. Apparently, the umpires had made the decision to make an example of whoever was the first to step out of line.
I fear that a similar decision will be made. I'm concerned that, given the bias that MLB will show to the Dodgers (since they have the big money players and the big TV market), no D'backs pitcher will be allowed to throw on the inside corner. I don't want Corbin, who has been great all year, to have to deal with that pressure. I don't want his entire season derailed because the umpire decides to make an example of the first Diamondback pitcher to throw one inch inside, and cause him to lose the rhythm he's developed so far this year.
Of course, I don't want the D'backs to skip him either. That would hurt him far more. I just wish that, of all the pitchers on the team, his rotation spot wasn't coming up right after that debacle.
On the bright side, it's MLB.tv's free game of the day, so I get to watch the game for the first time since the road trip in Florida. Hopefully the D'backs will let their offense do the talking and put up some good numbers. And if you are a D'backs fan going to the game, watch your back.