Diamondbacks heading south out West

Updated: June 22, 2008

AP Photo/ Tom Olmscheid

Brandon Webb lost again Sunday and has struggled to an 8.22 ERA over his past three starts.

SLITHERING ALONG

This isn't the best time for the Diamondbacks to be heading into Fenway Park for a series with the Red Sox, not after being swept by the Twins over the weekend. Add ace starter Brandon Webb to the list of those struggling. He was roughed up in Sunday's loss. The other problem for the D-backs is they've stopped hitting. They were held to just six runs in three games.

On the bright side, Arizona is headed to a ballpark where it's never lost a game. Arizona swept Boston in its only previous visit there, and will be hoping to recapture some of that same magic against a Red Sox team that barely avoided getting swept by the Cardinals over the weekend.

MONDAY NIGHT BASEBALL

Diamondbacks at Red Sox, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN

Struggling Snakes

• 20-30 over past 50 games

• Webb: 0-2, 8.22 ERA over past three starts

Micah Owings: .143 BA, 6.00 ERA in May-June (W-L: 2-6)

• Runs per game average: March-April: 5.9; May-June: 3.9

Past Baseball Tonight Clubhouses: June 19 | June 18 | June 17 | June 16 | June 15 | June 12

FORWARD THINKING: MONDAY

Dan Haren • Diamonbacks at Red Sox, 7:05 p.m. ET, ESPN: Dan Haren (7-4, 3.26 ERA) has permitted just two walks over his past three starts and is 2-0 with a pair of no-decisions over his past four outings. Josh Beckett (7-4, 3.87 ERA) has been susceptible to the long ball this year. He has given up 11 homers in 86 innings; he gave up just 17 all of last season (200 2/3 innings).

Johan Santana • Mariners at Mets, 7:10 p.m. ET: A couple of baseball's newest managers get together when Jerry Manuel and the Mets host Jim Riggleman and the Mariners. It's also a meeting of two of baseball's best arms. Johan Santana (7-5, 3.04 ERA) has lost his past two decisions, though he hasn't gotten much support. In those outings, the Mets scored just one run each time. Felix Hernandez (6-5, 2.87 ERA) has struck out 29 batters in his past four starts while walking just five.

Ben Sheets • Brewers at Braves, 7:10 p.m. ET: Ben Sheets (8-1, 2.74 ERA) is 4-0 over his past six starts, and he's doing it without loading up on strikeouts. He's posted more than six strikeouts in just one of those starts, but hasn't allowed more than two runs in any of those outings. Jo-Jo Reyes (3-4, 4.05 ERA) is getting hit more at home, where opponents are hitting .289 as opposed to .228 on the road.

Complete list of pitching probables for Monday's games

NEWS AND NOTES

Clint Barmes • The Rockies announced they will activate Clint Barmes from the disabled list Monday. Barmes has missed 27 games with a sprained left knee. Before his injury, Barmes was hitting .343 with five homers and 20 RBIs in 39 games for the Rockies.

Shawn Chacon • The Astros dropped Shawn Chacon from the rotation. He will now pitch out of the bullpen. Chacon was 2-3 with a 5.04 ERA in 15 starts this season for Houston. After consecutive wins, Chacon had lost each of his past three starts.

Rickie Weeks • The Brewers activated Rickie Weeks from the disabled list. Weeks, out with a sprained left knee, went 0-for-3 in his first game back.


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BBTN ON THE AIR: MONDAY

TIME WHO'S ON?
10 p.m. ET
ESPN
Host: Karl Ravech
Analysts: John Kruk, Buck Showalter, Eric Young
12 a.m. ET
ESPN
Host: Karl Ravech
Analysts: John Kruk, Buck Showalter, Eric Young

BBTN MINUTE: STRUGGLING D-BACKS

SUNDAY DOUBLE PLAY

Every Sunday on the 12:30 p.m. ET "Baseball Tonight" show, Karl Ravech, John Kruk and Steve Phillips take part in the Sunday Double Play competition. Each of them selects a starting pitcher and a hitter to play for Sunday's games. They compete in three categories -- wins, hits and home runs -- based on the results of their selections. The results are cumulative for the season.

This Sunday's pitcher selections and results:

John: Andy Pettitte (win vs. Reds)
Steve: Tim Hudson (win vs. Mariners)
Karl: Scott Kazmir (loss vs. Astros)

This Sunday's hitter selections and results:

John: Miguel Cabrera (0 hits, 0 HRs vs. Padres)
Steve: Alex Rodriguez (1 hit, 0 HRs vs. Reds)
Karl: Vladimir Guerrero (1 hit, 0 HRs vs. Phillies)

Here are the standings after the first 12 Sundays:

Wins Hits HRs
John 4 14 1
Steve 5 13 1
Karl 6 11 3

Tune in to "Baseball Tonight" at 12:30 p.m. ET Sunday for the latest Sunday Double Play selections.

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SUNDAY'S NOTEWORTHY PERFORMANCES

GOOD
Mark TeixeiraMark Teixeira became the first Braves player to hit three homers in the same game at Turner Field. He drove home four runs in a win against Seattle.
BAD
Tim LincecumTim Lincecum's was the first in a series of poor pitching performances for the Giants, who blew a 6-0 lead to lose 11-10 against Kansas City.
UGLY
Mike ParisiMike Parisi faced two Boston hitters. He gave up hits to both, including Kevin Youkilis' game-ending two-run homer to lift the Red Sox to a win in the 13th.

FANTASY: PREVIEW OF MONDAY'S GAMES

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