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Patrick Corbin’s up and down 2020 campaign is over, and he’s hoping things are back to normal in 2021...

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Patrick Corbin’s ERA jumped from 4.10 to 4.76 after he gave up seven runs on a career-high 14 hits in the Nationals’ 7-3 loss to the Marlins last weekend in Miami.

Washington’s 31-year-old lefty talked after the outing about what went wrong and all the hits he allowed.

“They had some really good swings on me today,” Corbin told reporters. “I think that’s probably the most hits I’ve given up in a game, so just a little frustrating.

“I’m not sure of exactly one thing that I could’ve done differently, but just trying to forget about this one and get ready for my last start.”

Going into the final appearance of the second year of his 6-year/$140M with the Nationals, manager Davey Martinez said that in spite of Corbin’s up and down 2020 season, he knew what he would get from the southpaw the last time out.

“Patrick is Patrick. He’s done well, he really has. He’s going to go out today and compete,” Martinez told reporters in his pregame Zoom call on Thursday.

As for what went wrong for Corbin in Season 2 in D.C.?

“He struggled with his location at times, he has mentioned that,” Martinez explained. “He said his sinker sometimes didn’t sink it just flattened out, trying to go in.

“This is something that he knows coming into next year. He’s going to be fine. His slider is his go-to pitch.

“He threw it, he threw it well, so I think the rest with him is going to help him out a lot.”

“You won’t see him coming out of the bullpen these next four days by the way,” Martinez added, referring to the way Corbin’s 2019 ended, with starts and relief appearances in a seven-game World Series that ended with a championship trophy for the Nationals.

His 2020 campaign ended with a seven-inning, 113-pitch outing in which he gave up three runs total, on a two-run home run by Robinson Chirinos and a botched shift coverage of a grounder by Chirinos with runners on second and third and two out in the sixth.

With the infield shifted to the right side Chirinos beat the shift when Jake Noll ranged too far to his right for a grounder Luis García could have reached, and found no one at first to receive his throw.

Patrick Corbin sprinted over, but got turned around when Noll threw one behind his left shoulder making him late with the tag, 3-1 Mets.

Corbin came back out for the top of the seventh and gave up back-to-back, one-out hits, and a two-out, base-loading walk, before he caught Amed Rosario looking on a 2-2 sinker, up and in, that Rosario took for a called third strike.

“Yeah, froze him on a fastball inside, missed — maybe a couple inches in before that [on the] home [by] Chirinos on the same pitch but on that one I was able to get in there” the left-hander said after his outing.

“Threw [Todd] Frazier the same one when I walked him. I felt better with my fastball command today. Maybe not the best slider, we threw a lot of changeups.

“Got a lot of outs on that, so that’s another positive. There’s glimpses where you feel good out there and then some where you don’t.

“You just try to take everything positive that you can from this season, and try to bring it in to next year and be ready to go.”

Patrick Corbin’s Line: 7.0 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 Ks, 1 HR, 113 P, 71 S, 10/3 GO/FO.

Corbin just got four swinging strikes on the night, two with his sinker and two with his slider and got 16 called strikes (three with his slider, six with his sinker, six with his fastball, and one with his changeup).

“He battled all night long,” Corbin’s manager said after the 3-2 loss to the Mets. “Just a testament to who he is. I always say this about our guys. They compete every day. But I wasn’t going to take him out of the game [in the seventh].

“I wanted to go out there and let him compete. Those were his runs, and he knew that, and he got through it and got a big strikeout there at the end with bases loaded.

“But that’s just who he is, and I’m proud of him, what he’s done these short few months. I want him to go home, go rest, and come back strong for 2021.”