The weather is already taking its toll on MLB’s scheduled games this week: several of them have already been postponed.
The Washington Nationals are among the teams at risk of seeing one or more games impacted by potential rain.
Their manager Dave Martinez, however, recently told Washington Post reporter Jesse Dougherty that they would keep their rotation plans intact, rain or shine.
“Dave Martinez said that regardless of the weather for the next few days, Patrick Corbin will start his first regular season game. And Josiah Gray will have Game 2,” Dougherty tweeted Wednesday.
Dave Martinez said that regardless of the weather for the next few days, Patrick Corbin will start his first regular season game. And Josiah Gray will have the second game.
— Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) April 6, 2022
A crucial season for struggling Corbin
Corbin, 32, was one of MLB’s best left-handers from 2017-19, but he’s had a very tough time in 2020 and 2021.
During the pandemic season, he posted a poor ERA of 4.66 in 65.2 innings for the nationals.
Last year he was even worse, with an abysmal 5.82 ERA in 171.2 frames: Not only was he bad, but he threw a lot of bad innings that ended up affecting the Nationals season.
But the team traded Max Scherzer last year, and Stephen Strasburg, a healthy stallion, is currently on the shelf.
Gray isn’t experienced enough to headline an MLB rotation (despite being very talented) and other pitchers such as Anibal Sanchez, Erick Fedde, or Paolo Espino aren’t premier starting material. line.
Corbin has what it takes to bounce back: he just needs to find the slider that made him successful a few years ago.
Last season, his slider posted a negative -5.2 rating in FanGraphs’ pitch value metric, having been positive in every year of his career.
The Nationals don’t have much hope this year, but they’ll at least want their former top starter to pitch like one.