Advertisement

 TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -Several years ago, Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling gave Arizona a 1-2 pitching punch that was one of the game's best, and led the Diamondbacks to a World Series title in 2001.
Brandon Webb and Dan Haren cannot be compared to that duo, at least not yet. However, they bring a potent 1-2 combination at the top of the rotation.
``They accomplished a little bit more than we have at this point in our career,'' Webb said on Sunday. ``If we could duplicated anywhere close to what they did, that would be pretty sweet.''
The Diamondbacks acquired Haren from the Oakland A's for six prospects in December. He said he's quickly becoming comfortable with his new surroundings.
``I think when I came from St. Louis to Oakland I was a little bit more uncomfortable coming into the clubhouse,'' he said. ``It's hard. It's just like getting transferred in school. The guys have been more open than I remember guys being in Oakland.''
an League last year and finished the season 15-9 with a 3.07 ERA in 34 starts spanning 223 innings. Webb, 28, was 18-10 with a 3.01 ERA in 34 starts - going 236 1-3 innings.
Asked if the two can feed off each other, manager Bob Melvin used Schilling and Johnson as an example. Melvin was manager Bob Brenly's bench coach when the two went a combined 90-24 in the 2001 and 2002 seasons.
``They had their best seasons if you want to call it feeding off each other, competing against each other, pushing each other,'' Melvin said.
Haren agrees that competition with fellow starters is a good thing.
``I think that pitching is just as contagious as hitting,'' he said. ``Say Webb goes out and throws seven scoreless (innings), I'm going to want to go out there and do just that. And then if I go out and do that the next guy is going to want to do that. ``
Haren joins Webb, Johnson - if he's healthy - and lefty Doug Davis as former opening day starters who pitch for Arizona. Young right-hander Micah Owings rounds out the projected Diamondbacks rotation.
``With a good, solid group like this, I think we can go on several rolls where you win a bunch of games,'' Haren said. ``I've always been surrounded by good pitching, but it has not been this good top to bottom.''
The strength, though, is at the top, and Haren balks at the notion that he shares No. 1 billing with Webb.
``I'm just here to help us maybe get to the next level and help us be a better team,'' he said. ``But this is his team. He's been doing it here for years. He's won a Cy Young here. He's the leader of the staff. I think everyone looks up to him.''
The low-keyed Webb has no trouble sharing the billing. He welcomes someone else to chew up innings, and he's comfortable with what's expected of him.
``I feel good,'' he said. ``I know what I have to do. I pretty much tried to do my job the last couple of years and did well, so I should know what I need to do.''

Recent MLB Discussions

Top MLB Public Bets

Advertisement

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Cardinals open definining set against Pirates   Thursday’s Cardinals-Reds series finale ended in the most controversial way possible. Is the Gateway City in for...
Thumbnail Mariners need another victory vs. visiting A's Seattle can’t quite control its own destiny with respect to reaching the playoffs. Yet Scott Servais’ crew won’t stop pushing for that first postseason...
Thumbnail O's inch closer to playoffs; Yanks in spoiler role Baltimore could have wilted following last week’s sweep at the hands of the AL East-leading Red Sox. Instead, Buck Showalter’s bunch is motoring full steam...
Thumbnail Giants' Cueto looks to snatch set from Rockies It’s not quite a must-win situation, but the Giants couldn’t be more excited to hand the ball to Johnny Cueto this evening.
Thumbnail A's try to thwart Mariners' playoff push The Mariners are among the hottest teams in baseball. Yet do they have enough time to creep into the playoffs?
More inMLB Articles  

MLB Team Pages

Advertisement