Patrick Corbin’s bad outings don’t seem to have a connection

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Corbin has been outstanding much of the season. But, Friday was his worst outing and third blowup of the year.
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Patrick Corbins bad outings dont seem to have a connection originally appeared on nbcsportswashington.com

The Patrick Corbin blowups carry little in common.

April 29, he was at home against St. Louis. May 20 he was in New York against the Mets. Friday, Corbin was throwing down in Cincinnati.

None are ferocious offenses. The Cardinals entered the day 16th in wOBA (weighted on-base average), the Mets 19th and the Reds 22nd despite their matchbox-sized park. The Mets are ninth in runs scored against left-handed pitchers, the Reds 21st and the Cardinals 28th. Yet, all were able to get to Corbin in his three bombshell starts interjecting themselves into what has otherwise been an outstanding season.

So, strange. Friday was the worst of the crashes this season for Corbin. A mere 2 ⅔ innings, 11 hits allowed, eight runs, six earned runs (yet another Trea Turner error), and two strikeouts in the Nationals 9-3 loss. Both strikeouts were of the opposing starter, Tyler Mahle.

The Reds swung early against Corbin -- a common tactic against elite pitchers. They also constantly made contact. Corbin produced just seven swinging strikes in 65 pitches. Mahle was responsible for two, ultra-aggressive Yasiel Puig for two, then three other single swinging strikes were sprinkled around.

A difference Friday from the prior lapses was Corbin's inability to steady himself to trudge through five innings. He made it through the fifth against St. Louis and New York with a high pitch count, but at least was able to grind to get there. Not so Friday despite a 1-2-3 second inning. So, subtract those three outs and Corbin recorded four outs and allowed 11 hits in the remaining 1 ⅓ innings.

The brutish night was his worst start since May 30, 2018, against… Cincinnati. That was in Arizona, and Corbin allowed six earned in six innings. His shortest outing last season was three innings. A mess against the Chicago Cubs in 2017 came close to Friday's bad outing: three innings, 10 hits, seven earned. Corbin finished with a 4.03 ERA that year, which was a season of improvement. His post-Tommy John surgery progress from 2015 to last season earned him his $140 million contract with the Nationals. They paid for nights like his last outing, a shutout of the Marlins which reset the bullpen and helped start a stabilizing stretch following an atrocious road trip.

Friday, he didn't have it and sometimes it's just that simple.

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