In an intriguing move, Bob Melvin chose not to start ace Brandon Webb today fearing his last chance to start in the regular season would be lost to a rain delay. As it turned out, the game was rain-delayed in the 7th. Arizona went on to win the game 8-0.
AZCENTRAL.COM – Webb scratched due to weather
Right-hander Brandon Webb has been scratched from his scheduled start today against the Pirates as the Diamondbacks are concerned that rain might wash away their aceâ€™s last start of the season.
Right-hander Micah Owings will start in Webbâ€™s place. The game is still scheduled to begin at 9:35 a.m. Arizona time.
“We canâ€™t lose this guy,” Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said of Webb. “We canâ€™t get into a situation where heâ€™s out there for an inning or two and we stop (because of a rain delay) and have to try to bring him back.”
Webb will likely start on Friday night in Colorado against the Rockies.
I really like this move. Now, Colorado will have to beat our best pitcher in the first game of the series. Hopefully, the baseball gods will now hand Colorado a loss today against the Dodgers and take a little more pressure off the Snakes going into Denver.
Ain’t baseball great?
P.S. I actually met Brandon Webb in a shoe store in the mall a couple years ago. It was before he won the Cy Young…