Tonight in MLB: Corbin tries to stay undefeated

Tonight in MLB: Corbin tries to stay undefeated
June 27, 2013, 12:30 pm
Share This Post

Patrick Corbin has a perfect 9-0 record so far this season with a 2.19 ERA. (AP)

After a 13th inning, 7-5 victory over the San Diego Padres, the Phillies now turn to Jonathan Pettibone (3-3, 4.14 ERA) to start a four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Pettibone is opposed by Dodgers ace Zack Grienke (4-2, 3.79 ERA).

The Dodgers sit last in the NL West but enter Thursday's game riding a five-game winning streak, coming off a three-game series sweep against the Giants.

The Phillies, meanwhile, have had their fair share of luck in Dodger Stadium; they own a 7-2 record in L.A. since 2010.

Diamondbacks at Nationals, 4:05 p.m.

Though Stephen Strasburg has more losses than wins, he figures to even things out sooner than later if his recent efforts are any indication.

Patrick Corbin's undefeated record continues to speak for itself.

In what sets up as a pitchers' duel, Strasburg takes the mound opposite Corbin as the Washington Nationals go for a three-game sweep of the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday.

After enduring some bad luck earlier in the year, Strasburg (4-6, 2.40 ERA) has taken matters into his own hands lately with a 3-1 record and a 1.46 ERA over his last six outings.

The hard-throwing right-hander delivered another superb performance Friday in a 2-1 win over Colorado, scattering five hits and striking out a season high-tying nine in seven innings.

Corbin now tries to help the slumping Diamondbacks get back on track. Arizona was limited to four hits in suffering a season-worst fifth consecutive road loss, 3-2 on Wednesday. (see full preview).

Mets at Rockies, 6:10 p.m.

Very little went right for the Colorado Rockies over their nine-game road trip.

Michael Cuddyer, however, managed to get a hit in each of those contests.

Cuddyer will try to establish a franchise record by hitting safely in 24 consecutive games Thursday when the Rockies host the New York Mets in a makeup game.

The Rockies (39-40) are back home after a 2-7 trip that dropped them from one-half game out of first place in the NL West to three games back of division-leading Arizona.

The Mets (31-43) arrive in Denver to conclude an 11-game trip after going 6-4 with stops in Atlanta, Philadelphia and Chicago. With the heavy travel, manager Terry Collins is expected to rest David Wright, holding him out of the starting lineup for just the second time. (see full preview).

Blue Jays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m.

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell isn't surprised that his former team, the Toronto Blue Jays, are working their way back into contention in the AL East.

Farrell will also be hoping that Jon Lester can return to the form he has displayed against Toronto this year in Thursday night's opener of a four-game set at Fenway Park.

Although Toronto (39-38) is still in last place, its deficit behind first-place Boston (47-33) is down to 6 1/2 games with the Blue Jays winning 12 of 14.

Farrell, who managed the Blue Jays for two years before taking over the Red Sox this season, never thought Toronto would continue to flounder after a rough start.

Toronto's bullpen owns a 0.80 ERA over the last 14 games and its starters have one of the best ERAs in baseball over that stretch at 2.86.

Lester (7-4, 4.57 ERA), meanwhile, threw a one-hitter in a 5-0 win over the Blue Jays on May 10. He is 2-0 with a 2.05 ERA in three 2013 outings against Toronto, but he's 1-4 with a 7.30 ERA in his last seven. (see full preview)

Looking for Phillies tickets? Buy them through the Wanamaker Entertainment Group.