Arizona (30-22) at New York (26-26)

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  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Wed Jun 1, 2005
  • TV: FSAZ, MSG
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The Arizona Diamondbacks have taken the National League by surprise, and look to continue that effort as they face the New York Mets in the middle game of their series at Shea Stadium.

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.

Carlos Beltran and Mike Piazza, the 3-4 hitters in New York’s lineup, each left five runners on base Tuesday, including four in scoring position.

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.”

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