|New York Mets (52-60) at Arizona Diamondbacks (58-55)||9:40 PM ET|
|Season||Rd/Hm||Last Start||Last 3 App|
|J. Hefner (R)||22||4-8||4.23||5.1||3-3||3.93||8/3||KC||ND||6.0||8||3||0-1||15.2||6.32|
|P. Corbin (L)||22||12-3||2.33||6.0||8-1||1.50||8/3||@BOS||L||6.0||8||3||1-2||20.0||2.25|
Preview:Despite losing his last two starts, Arizona's Patrick Corbin has been stellar since the New York Mets handed him his first defeat just over five weeks ago.
Corbin tries to avenge that loss to the Mets when he takes the ball in Friday night's series opener in Arizona.
Corbin (12-3, 2.33 ERA) entered his start at Citi Field on July 2 trying to become the first left-handed starter in the majors to begin a season 10-0 since Ron Guidry opened 13-0 for the New York Yankees in 1978. He got off to strong start, allowing one runner over the first four innings but ended up permitting a season-high five runs and six hits in six-plus innings of a 9-1 defeat.
He has since returned to All-Star form, posting a 1.82 ERA with 40 strikeouts over 34 2/3 innings in his last five outings.
Corbin has been saddled with the loss in his last two starts, though he isn't entirely to blame.
He gave up a run in eight innings in a 1-0 setback to San Diego on July 28 and permitted three runs in six-plus innings in Saturday's 5-2 final at Boston. He has received one total run of support in those games, and has been backed by an average of 2.7 runs of support in his last 11 contests after receiving an average of 5.8 in his first 11.