Corbin Burnes

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Corbin Brian Burnes

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Biographical Information[edit]

Corbin Burnes was the winner of Game 3 in the NLDS between the Milwaukee Brewers and Colorado Rockies on October 7, 2018. He faced 6 batters in the 7th and 8th inning with a 4-0 lead and retired all 6 in order. He was granted the win by the official scorer because starting pitcher Wade Miley failed to complete the required 5 innings and he had been the most effective of the five relievers used by the Brewers. Corbin had pitched earlier in Game 1 and was just as good as the Brewers swept the Rockies in three games. In the regular season, he had gone 7-0, 2.61 in 30 relief appearances after making his debut on July 10th, forming part of a shutdown bullpen also comprising Josh Hader, Corey Knebel, Jeremy Jeffress and Joakim Soria. He got rocked in 2019, pitching 32 games (4 starts) while finishing 1-5 with an 8.82 ERA.

The Brewers did not know what to expect from Burnes coming into the 2020 season, given his roller coaster first two seasons, but he turned out to be their best starting pitcher in that abbreviated year. After having been homer-happy in 2019, with 17 gopher balls in 49 innings, he was one of the stingiest pitchers in the National League that season, yielding only one long ball over his first 56 innings. He was finding success thanks to a new cut fastball that was downright nasty, making him "a whole different pitcher" in the words of catcher Jacob Nottingham.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Adam McCalvy: "Burnes rising fast, eyes MLB breakthrough: Pitching prospect has 1.74 ERA across two Minor League seasons",, January 17, 2018. [1]
  • Adam McCalvy: "Burnes' cutter devastates in latest Cy push",, September 20, 2020. [2]

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