Not much was expected of Arizona this season after it led the majors last season with 111 losses, a club record. The Diamondbacks, though, enter Wednesday with the NL’s third-best record and are already more than halfway to last season’s win total.
Arizona won 12 of its final 19 games in May, including a 7-0 victory over the Mets on Tuesday.
One reason for the Diamondbacks’ resurgence has been the return to form of Brandon Webb, who’ll face New York in Wednesday’s game.
Following a promising rookie season in which he went 10-9 with a 2.84 ERA, Webb had a disappointing 2004 season as he went 7-16. He’s bounced back this year to go 6-1 with a 3.39 ERA, even after his worst effort of the season.
The right-hander is coming off a 10-0 loss to San Diego on Friday, allowing a season-high six runs—three earned—and nine hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out six.
Webb looks to get back on track as he faces a struggling Mets’ offense. New York has scored three runs or fewer in five of its last seven games.
Beltran was returning to the lineup after being sidelined for a week with a sore thigh muscle.
“It’s frustrating but what can I do?” Beltran said of his 0-for-4 night. “It isn’t the first time I didn’t get a hit and it won’t be the last.”