Webb or Haren for the opener?

I read with interest Nick Piecoro’s story in The Arizona Republic yesterday about whether Brandon Webb or Dan Haren would start on Opening Day.

Like Nick I have tried to get D-backs skipper A.J. Hinch to answer that question, but he has decided to wait until Friday to make his decision public. No doubt he has probably talked to both pitchers about it by now, or at least he will have by the time he meets with the media Friday afternoon.

I have no inside information, but I’m going to guess that Hinch will choose Webb. I don’t think it would be wrong for him to pick either one of them and he may very well go with Haren, but something tells me that he will go with Webb.

Really, once the first game is out of the way it really doesn’t matter who the Opening Day starter is as rotations get jumbled up pretty good over the course of 162 games. It is, however, considered an honor to start the opener.

Feel free to post your thoughts in the comments section as to who you would start April 5.

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Certainly Webb should be the guy in the Opener. He’s the most respected guy on this squad (albeit nothing against Haren), and is similar to when Johnson and Schilling were here. Both guys were dominant in their own right, but Johnson always got the nod.

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