Corbin confident he can regain form in ’23

WASHINGTON — Patrick Corbin walked off a rain-soaked field with two outs in the fifth inning against the Phillies on Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park to conclude his 10th Major League season. 

The southpaw finished the year 6-19 with a 6.31 ERA after a rain-shortened 8-1, six-inning defeat to Philadelphia. Corbin avoided the undesired 20-loss mark, but he became the first National League pitcher to record 19 losses since the Padres’ Bobby Jones in 2001.

In his final outing of 2022, Corbin allowed 10 hits, seven runs and three walks with three strikeouts and one hit batter across 4 2/3 innings. He delivered 63 of his 101 pitches for strikes. This, after skipping his last turn in the rotation because of back spasms.

“It’s hard to assess; it was miserable out there,” said manager Dave Martinez. “I’m not going to lie, it was tough. He threw the ball fairly well early and then got hit a little bit. Then all of a sudden, the field got really wet, kind of sloppy. So just one of those days.”

Coming off his third consecutive losing season, Corbin, 33, is eyeing a turnaround in 2023 and beyond, with two years remaining on his six-year, $140 million contract. Corbin and Martinez assessed Corbin’s 2022 performance and looked ahead to next season.

Pros of the 2022 season
Corbin: “As a starter, always trying to go out there every fifth day is something that I’ve always wanted…

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