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Gameday Thread, #76: 6/22 vs. Twins


Brandon Webb
RHP, 11-3, 3.27


Livan Hernandez
RHP, 7-4, 5.51 preview [opens in new window]

This might be kind of fun, as we face former D-back, Livan Hernandez, no doubt led to the pitcher's mound by a trail of biscuit crumbs. Hernandez 2.0 has been exactly what you'd expect, and what we know and "love" from last year. Opponents are batting a meaty .349 off him, and that goes up to .379 with runners in scoring position. But somehow, he still leads Minnesota in wins. Having sat through enough of his outings for us last year, we know exactly how their fans must feel about him.

We really need Brandon Webb to bounce back from one of the worst outings in his stellar career. He thinks the contract negotiations, which were finally tabled earlier in the week, wore on him: "It's off my mind now. It's not something I'm thinking about. I'm just going to go out there and pitch; we're still talking about 2 1/2 years here. Yeah, I was very disappointed that we didn't get it done, but I'm moving on from that. I've got a responsibility to pitch for these guys in here and for the fans." We'll see what happens: the 'dead arm' which has been affecting Webb over his past couple of outings seems like more than contract negotiations.