Found July 08, 2013 on The Sports Post:
I have come to the conclusion that I am developing an unhealthy obsession with dissecting how MLB players are mechanically improving from one year to the next. First, it started with Chris Davis, then I covered Adam Wainwright, then came Marco Scutaro, and then Bartolo Colon, and next came Max Scherzer, and now Patrick Corbin is on the lab table.  But the difference with Corbin and all of the preceding dissections, other than probably Colon, is that no one seems to pay much attention to Corbin's immense success. I generally aim to write articles about players before they become mainstream. But in this case, I am upset that Corbin's story is not mainstream by now.  It is nearly the All-Star break and the Diamondback ace, who sports a 10-1 record with a 2.40 ERA, has not gotten half of the attention that other young aces like Matt Harvey have gotten. The reason is simple: America has a monster east coast bias. With the possible exception of players in Los Angeles, sports fan...

Dominant Corbin finally gets 'deserved' 10th win

PHOENIX -- It was a tough act of follow, but Patrick Corbin handled it nicely. Did we really expect anything different? Corbin's double-double -- he recorded his 10th victory on a day he tied his career high with 10 strikeouts -- capped the kind of weekend series that could lead some to believe that not only is the Diamondbacks' best baseball ahead of them but that they...

Corbin gets 10th win as D-backs finish sweep

PHOENIX (AP) -- Patrick Corbin gave up three hits in eight innings to finally get his 10th victory and the Diamondbacks beat the Rockies 6-1 Sunday for their fifth straight win and a dominant three-game sweep. Corbin (10-1) struck out 10 in his seventh attempt at win No. 10. The 23-year-old left-hander, picked a day earlier for the All-Star team, also hit an RBI double for the D...

Bloomquist's hand injury eerily similar to Hill's

PHOENIX -- Willie Bloomquist has a picture of the two small bone fractures on the top of his left hand saved in his phone, a reminder of what he has to overcome. This time. Bloomquist's second injury of the season could keep him out another six to eight weeks, and the D-backs were stunned at the similarity of his fractures to those suffered by Aaron Hill earlier this season...

D-backs' Miley on a roll since rediscovering form

PHOENIX -- Wade Miley's three-run double in the second inning of the Diamondbacks' 11-1 win over the Rockies on Saturday thrilled the Chase Field crowd more than anything else during the left-hander's night, but the D-backs are almost certainly more excited about the roll he's been on the past month. After a dreadful May seemed to land him in manager Kirk Gibson...

Goldschmidt was on Home Run Derby short list

PHOENIX -- Shortly after being named to the NL All-Star team over the weekend, Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt said he'd consider participating in the Home Run Derby if asked by NL team captain David Wright. Wright did not get far enough down his list of candidates to ask. When Wright revealed his picks Monday afternoon, Goldschmidt was not among them despite his...

Diamondbacks' Trevor Cahill suffers setback

The Arizona Diamondbacks placed right-hander Trevor Cahill on the 15-day disabled list on July 1 with a hip contusion. He had since resumed playing catch, but when he did another issue was discovered. Manager Kirk Gibson described the shoulder setback Cahill is now facing to Tyler Emerick of "His shoulder didn't feel too good the last time he threw,"...

Fan voting upsets some D-Backs fans

In a somewhat expected announcement Saturday, Paul Goldschmidt and Patrick Corbin were both named to the National League All-Star team, leaving Gerardo Parra on the outside looking in. Goldschmidt was named a reserve, with Reds first baseman Joey Votto getting the starting nod, winning the fan vote.

Montero sets tone for D-backs' upcoming series with Dodgers

PHOENIX -- Next up: the resumption of the Diamondbacks-Dodgers rivalry. The teams will meet in a three-game series that starts Monday at Chase Field, 27 days after an on-field brawl that led to a 10-game suspension for Arizona starter Ian Kennedy and these parting words from Los Angeles reliever Ronald Belisario: "It's not over." Suffice it to say the Diamondbacks...

D-backs' Gibson, Dodgers' Puig peas in a pod

PHOENIX -- Kirk Gibson sees a lot of his younger self in rambunctious, sometimes reckless Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig. He approves. "That's refreshing to watch," said Gibson, the Diamondbacks manager. "Honestly, even from an opponent's point of view, that's refreshing." Former Tigers manager Sparky Anderson once said Gibson played 150 percent at...

D-Backs have decision to make on Eaton’s return

With Adam Eaton still on the rehab path returning from the disabled list, the Arizona Diamondbacks need Cody Ross, Jason Kubel or A.J. Pollock to get on a roll. 

Greinke shuts down D-Backs in series opener

Heading into tonight’s contest, Zack Greinke had struggled against the D-Backs for his entire big league career. You wouldn’t have never known with how well he threw on Monday night though.
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