Feb 19, 2014; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin poses for a portrait during photo day at Salt River Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Diamondbacks give Patrick Corbin Opening Day start

When Kirk Gibson joined Twitter, beat writers joked that it was the end of the world. The Diamondbacks’ skipper appears to be taking to his new media outlet nicely however, as he announced who will start for Arizona when the 2014 season opens in Sydney, Australia.

Patrick Corbin, the 24-year old lefty All-Star, certainly has earned his spot as the Opening Day starter for the D’backs. His first full season in the big leagues was a rousing success, as he pitched to a 14-8 record with a 3.41 ERA over 32 starts totaling 208.1 innings pitched. He also compiled a 3.30 K/BB ratio and pitched 3 complete games.

Trevor Cahill, who was acquired from the Athletics via trade after the 2011 season, missed a month of the 2013 season with a hip contusion and subsequently suffered one of the worst seasons of his young career. In that time, he pitched to an 8-10 record with a 3.99 ERA in just 146 innings. The Diamondbacks are hoping that Cahill can, at the very least, get back to 2012 form, and would love if he could replicate his 2010 year from Oakland. That year, he won 18 games and had a 2.97 ERA.

The Diamondbacks open the 2014 season against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 19 days. The Dodgers have not announced their two starters yet.

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