Arizona Diamondbacks vs. New York Yankees
Tip-off: Thursday, April 18, 2013 – 7:05 PM ET
Yankee Stadium, New York, NY
Arizona: Corbin (2-0, 1.50 ERA)
New York: Hughes (0-2, 10.29 ERA)
Patrick Corbin has done a great job starting for the Arizona Diamondbacks, even when he was a late addition to the team.
YouWager experts consider Phil Hughes hasn’t done the same thing for the New York Yankees.
The 23 year-old Corbin will try to win his third straight start to begin the season tonight as he tries to assist the visiting Arizona team salvage the finale of this three-game set with the surging New York.
Corbin (2-0, 1.50 ERA) became part of the Diamondbacks rotation just two days before the season began after he went 3-0 with a 2.81 in seven spring training games.
The New York native’s spring performance has carried over into April as he owns the lowest ERA of any Dbacks starter. The lefty outpitched Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in his latest outing, allowing three hits and three walks over six innings Friday in a 3-0 win.
Corbin will now make his debut against the team he grew up rooting for, and Arizona (8-6) has dropped the first two games of this series after squandering multi-run leads. The team wasted a three-run, seventh-inning cushion before falling 4-3 on Wednesday.
The Yankees (8-5), which have won seven of eight games, certainly isn’t finding any humor in Hughes’ performances.
Hughes (0-2, 10.29) owns the highest ERA of any New York starter, and is allowing opponents to hit .472 through two games since returning from a back injury.
The 26 year-old surrendered five runs, nine hits — three homers — and two walks in three-plus innings of a 5-3 home loss versus the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday, the team’s most recent defeat.
Hughes is facing the Diamondbacks for the first time, but he has a 6.17 ERA in four interleague home starts.
The right-hander is 3-1 in those games thanks to some offensive support, something the Bronx Bombers are providing plenty of lately. The Yanks have averaged 6.4 runs over the past eight MLB games, hitting .309 with 14 homers over that stretch.