Dbacks’ Corbin named NL Pitcher of the Month for May

Patrick Corbin was about as perfect as a pitcher can be in the month of May.

For his efforts, Corbin was named NL Pitcher of the Month for May. Corbin is the first Diamondback pitcher to win the award since Dan Haren did it in June 2008.

Corbin went 5-0 with a 1.53 ERA (6 ER in 35.1 IP) in five May starts. He had his first career complete game on May 20 at Coors Field against the Rockies. He struck out 10 Colorado batters in that game.

The five wins and the 1.53 ERA Corbin had were tops among NL pitchers in May. His .180 opponents batting average was second only to the Cubs’ Jeff Samardzija (.177).

Corbin’s 9-0 record is tied for the best start in club history (Brandon Webb, 2008). He’s won seven straight decisions and has a team-record nine straight starts with at least six innings pitched and two runs allowed or less. Corbin is the second pitcher since 1916 to accomplish that (Ubaldo Jimenez had 12 straight in 2010).