Former Wildcat pitcher and Ashland’s native son, Brandon Webb, is doing nothing abnormal when you compare this year to his past two seasons, but by getting off to the best individual start in Diamondbacks history, one of the most underappreciated players in baseball is finally starting to get a little love.
After handling the Mets last night, Webb now sits with a 7-0 record to go with his 2.49 ERA for the D-backs, who just happen to be the best team in baseball right now. Even more impressive is that the 2006 Cy Young winner and 2007 runner-up has held opponents to a .197 batting average against him. Since the start of 2006, Webb is 46-18 with an earned run average of 3.00. Not too shabby for a guy who doesn’t find himself the focus of Sportscenter profiles or on the forefront of MLB marketing.
Webb looks to continue his dominance over the NL on Thursday against the Phillies. And, just for the record, I picked the Diamondbacks to win the World Series back in March. So, let’s just get that out of the way now so no one argues with me in the fall when I say “I told you so”.
In somewhat related baseball news, the Bat Cats took an L in both games of yesterday’s double-header with LSU, running their record to 34-13 overall and 12-13 in the SEC. They currently lead LSU at the moment in the final game of the series, but we’ll get you the final score when it’s available.