From 2004-2008 Brandon Webb was a bona fide ace for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He made people forget trading Randy Johnson to the New York Yankees and gave them hope that Arizona was on the cusp of bringing another world championship to Phoenix.

With the addition of Dan Haren after the 2007 season where the Diamondbacks finished in the NLCS against the Colorado Rockies, Arizona was the favorite to go to World Series. A late season collapse was but a minor setback and everyone looked to 2009 for Arizona to return to the post season.

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