- Hernandez allowed a walk and four consecutive hits, leading to three runs in the first inning Sunday in Houston. He escaped the inning because one runner was caught stealing and another was thown out at the plate. Then he pitched six scoreless innings, allowing four more base runners. All that led to his second straight victory and renewed faith in his renaissance season. Now he faces one of his former teams, a team he has faced once since the beginning of the 2006 season. Hernandez beat the Diamondbacks in the Metrodome as a member of the Twins June 22 last year, allowing one earned run – three over all – and nine hits in seven innings. He has a 10-6 record in 18 career starts against them, but most of the personnel he faced is gone now. Chad Tracy – four hits, including two home runs in 16 career at-bats – is the onlt D-Backs player with more than eight career at-bats against Hernandez.
- Davis recovered nicely from two previous ugly outings in his last start, when he blanked the Pirates through six innings of a 7-0 victory — only his third win in 16 starts since April. He still battled his control, going to full counts on nine batters, but managed to pitch out of trouble against the overanxious Pirates — something that could also work to his advantage against the offensively struggling Mets. The lefty has always had decent stuff and numbers, yet the D-backs have lost 29 of his past 44 starts since the end of May 2008.