Corbin places 5th in NL Cy Young Award vote

November 15th, 2018

PHOENIX -- D-backs left-hander finished fifth in the National League Cy Young Award voting Wednesday night.
Mets right-hander won the award with Max Scherzer, and finishing behind him.
Corbin was named on 16 of the 30 ballots and received seven fourth-place votes and nine fifth-place votes.
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The 29-year-old was 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA and struck out 246 in 200 innings of work. His Fielding Independent Pitching mark, which focuses on events that a pitcher has the most control over -- strikeouts, unintentional walks, hit-by-pitches and home runs -- ranked second in the NL, at 2.47.
"He had a complete season," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said after Corbin's final start of the year. "He had an outstanding season."
Corbin figures to parlay that success into a mega-deal this offseason during his first taste of free agency. The D-backs made Corbin a qualifying offer, but as expected he officially turned it down on Monday.
"I think when the season's over we'll definitely look into it more, but I think I'll just look back on my time here," Corbin said after his final start. "These seven years have gone by really quick. I've had a lot of friendships here so I'm not sure what's going to happen. The Diamondbacks organization will always have a special part of my heart."
Corbin made his first Opening Day start this past season. He was slated to start the D-backs' 2014 regular-season opener in Australia, but suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow in his final spring start and missed the entire season.
Returning to the form he had in 2013, when he won 14 games and was named to the NL All-Star team, took longer than Corbin hoped.

Corbin pitched well in spurts, but it wasn't until the final couple of months of 2017 when things really started to click for him, as he incorporated a slower breaking ball to go with his fastball and hard slider.
"I know I always had it in there," Corbin said this past summer, after learning he'd been selected to a second All-Star Game. "Just took a little bit to figure it out and get back. I feel really close to where I was, if not there."