Helton: Corbin has best slider I’ve ever seen
Patrick Corbin has been pretty good this year. The Diamondbacks’ young lefty is 7-0 — making him the franchise’s first left-hander since Randy Johnson in 2000 to start a season with seven straight wins — following a dominant 10-strikeout, three-hit, complete-game win over the Rockies on Monday.
Corbin also has a ridiculous 1.44 ERA thanks to nine straight starts of six innings or more and two or fewer runs allowed — which, by the way, makes him the first pitcher in baseball to pull that off since Ubaldo Jimenez did so in 12 straight outings in 2010.
So yeah. Pretty good.
Todd Helton has been pretty good for his entire career. The longtime Rockies first baseman has a .319 career average and is closing in on 2,500 hits in the twilight of his 17-year career. The soon-to-be 40-year-old has been around and seen just about everything — and gotten hits off of just about everybody — in baseball while winning a batting title, four Silver Slugger awards, etc.
So when Helton says something is the best he’s ever seen, it means something. And on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after his 0-for-3, two-strikeout performance against Corbin and his filthy put-away slider, Helton made the following comments to FOX Sports Arizona’s Jody Jackson:
Helton said Corbin’s
slider was best he’s ever seen. I asked about RJ he said- I’m not going
to compare the 2, I have too (cont’d)
— Jody Jackson
Much respect for Randy Johnson. But
from a true pitch perspective, yes.
— Jody Jackson
Of all the praise the 24-year-old Corbin has gotten in this, his first full year in the majors, that might be both the most incredible and the most telling.