It wasn’t a question of if Patrick Corbin was going to win National League Pitcher of the Week, but also if he’d get Player of the Week as well. On Tuesday, Corbin tossed a 1-hit shutout of the San Francisco Giants. He fell 4 outs shy of a no-hitter when Brandon Belt hit a check-swing ground ball to 3rd base against a shifted defense. He followed up that start with 6 innings of 2-run ball against the Padres where a dropped 3rd strike with 2 outs preceded a long opposite field shot.
Overall his stat line for the week follows as: 15 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 19 K, GS2s of 96 and 67.
On the season, Corbin is 4-0 with a 1.89 ERA, with 33 1⁄3 innings pitched has compiled an obscene 48/6 K/BB while holding opponents to a .138 average against. Part of that is batted ball luck that’s favored the Dbacks’ ace, but after seeing him pitch in two games I think he’s creating his own luck as well. He’s on pace to set a career high in soft contact rate (23.4%) and K-BB% (34.4%). In his first 5 starts, he has only faced divisional opponents which makes his start to the season even more special. If Corbin can finish the season the way he started it, he’s going to be arguably the most sought after free agent this winter.