10/12/07 10:51 PM ET
Notes: Webb craves another shot
Interference call in the past; D-backs relaxed, as usual
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
The D-backs ace took the loss in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Thursday night and now must wait until Game 5 next Wednesday for a chance to redeem himself.
"I definitely would like to have another shot," Webb said.
Of course, the only way Webb would not get another opportunity to pitch would be if the Rockies manage to sweep the series.
"It'll be tough," Webb said of the wait. "But I'll get another crack at them."
D-backs manager Bob Melvin has said he would not bring Webb back on short rest to start Game 4, and he reiterated that Friday.
"Not as I'm sitting here right now," Melvin said.
Adding to Webb's angst is that he really felt like he had good stuff Thursday, but he just didn't have his good command. All of the Rockies' hits in the game were singles, and some were not well-struck.
"It's frustrating to feel like you've got good stuff, but not get good results," Webb said. "When you don't have good stuff and you get hit around, it's one thing. So yeah, I'd like to have another opportunity."
"I don't think he pitched poorly against them yesterday," Melvin said. "We've seen a couple of games this year where they've hit him hard, but I don't think they did last night."
Up to you: The D-backs will hold an optional workout at Coors Field on Saturday after arriving in the Mile High City early in the afternoon.
"I think certain guys will be there, and certain guys won't," Melvin said. "It's up for whoever wants to get a little extra work in, but I don't think it's a necessity."
Let's move on: One day later, the D-backs still maintained the takeout slide by Justin Upton in the seventh inning of Game 1 was a clean play.
Second-base umpire Larry Vanover ruled interference on the play and an automatic double play.
"It's an interpretation call," Melvin said. "We've been pretty consistent on what we thought the results should have been, and that's all I have to say about it. I think it was a good, clean, hard slide. He was still within the distance of the bag."
After answering a couple of questions about it, Melvin clearly wanted to move on from the subject.
"The last thing we should do is dwell on it and let it roll over into today," he said.
What, us worry? As Melvin was being asked in his office about his team's frame of mind after falling behind, 1-0, in the series, raucous noise could be heard coming from the clubhouse.
"They don't sound nervous," Melvin said with a smile. "I've told our guys periodically through the season that everything that has transpired this season has enabled us to overcome whatever may be coming down the stretch."
It's a message that seems to have resonated with his club.
"We've had some tough losses and some tough streaks, especially the one before the All-Star break," said third baseman Mark Reynolds, referring to a 2-8 road trip the club endured leading into the break. "We just take it day-to-day, and that's worked well for us."
Brrrr: The forecast calls for chilly temperatures this weekend and early next week in Denver.
The high for Game 3 on Sunday is expected to be 49 degrees with a low of 41, while Monday's Game 4 should have a high of 56 and a low of 39.
The key in weather like that is to keep players loose so they don't end up pulling muscles.
"We may have more of a movement-oriented warmup rather than static stretching," strength and conditioning coach Nate Shaw said. "Guys by this time in the season have a pretty good idea what they need to do to get ready for a game, and that's the important thing. They do a real good job in Colorado with the heaters in the dugout, and we have big jackets if we need them. There's a [stationary] bike in the tunnel, a [stationary] bike in the clubhouse, so we've got everything we need to deal with it."
Turning the tables: All year long, the only time the D-backs wore their black jerseys was Saturdays at home.
The Rockies, however, have won six straight wearing their black jerseys. As the home team, the D-backs have the first choice in jersey color, so they elected to go with their black tops Friday, which forced the Rockies into their road grays.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.