A day after learning he was named an All-Star, D-backs hurler Patrick Corbin will toe the rubber and attempt to demonstrate why his peers voted him onto the National League squad.
"I never thought in a million years that I would be an All-Star or even play professional baseball," Corbin said, "so just hearing about it is neat."
Corbin will be opposed by Roy Oswalt, who made three consecutive All-Star teams from 2005-07, when he represented the Astros. Times have changed a bit for the veteran right-hander. Oswalt has made three starts for the Rockies this season and has compiled an 0-3 record and a 7.88 ERA.
"I think I'm trying to be too fine," Oswalt said. "Trying to throw that nine-inning shutout, 70 pitches, instead of being aggressive like I've always been."
Corbin is amid a winless stretch as well, though he is hardly to blame. He began the year at 9-0 with a 2.06 ERA through 11 starts. Then, he endured a streak of five consecutive outings in which he did not factor into the decision, despite posting a 2.55 ERA. Ultimately, he logged his first loss of the season in his 17th start on Tuesday against the Mets.
Still, the left-hander who won the No. 5 spot in the rotation out of Spring Training has submitted a 9-1 record and 2.49 ERA to this point, a performance that proved worthy of an All-Star nod.
He isn't entirely sure what to expect from the experience.
"This is only my second year so I don't know too many players in the league, so it will be cool just to meet guys," Corbin said. "Being my first time, I don't really know what to expect. I'll just try to take everything in and try to bring back as many souvenirs that I can."
Corbin will have his work cut out for him on Sunday, as the Rockies boast a trio of All-Star hitters, though shortstop Troy Tulowitzki continues to mend from a broken rib. Outfielders Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer will join Tulowitzki at Citi Field for the Midsummer Classic.
In Corbin's last meeting with the Rockies on May 20 at Coors Field, he tossed his first career complete game, racking up 10 strikeouts and surrendering just one run on three hits and a walk in a 5-1 win.
Rockies: Tulo progressing
Tulowitzki said Saturday that the All-Star Game will not be his first action back against big league competition. The shortstop took batting practice on Saturday and will do so again Sunday before determining when he might initiate a rehab assignment.
"First and foremost, my focus is on the Rockies, trying to get back with them and help win some games," Tulowitzki said. "It's still up in the air. The next couple of days, depending on how I feel, either I'll be playing because I'm feeling good or I'm not.
D-backs: Goldschmidt to represent club
First baseman Paul Goldschmidt will join Corbin in New York for the All-Star Game. The 25-year-old clubbed his career-high 21st home run of the season on Saturday. He hit 20 homers all of last season. Goldschmidt is batting .305 with a .944 OPS.
"Obviously, it's a good honor, a cool honor, so it should be a fun experience," Goldschmidt said.
• The D-backs are 15-2 in games that Corbin starts.