For the second time this season, Logan Webb took it the distance. He was resilient and sterling in his second complete game of the season, allowing just one run in the opening inning.
Webb is eighth in the National League in ERA, but showed his ability to go confidently past the sixth inning against Blake Snell, the NL’s ERA leader at 2.25.
Snell leads the league with 99 walks and has pitched past the sixth inning just three times this season.
Now, based on the odds, Webb has little chance of winning the Cy Young Award. Snell went into Tuesday as a favorite in the range of -1400 to -3000 to win the award, with Webb listed as fifth or sixth at +10000.
But Mike Krukow thinks the outing was substantial in that it showed Webb outlasting Snell.
He raved about what he saw from the Giants’ lynchpin.
“Oh my god, that was just such a badass outing,” Krukow said. “And then you talk about credibility in the clubhouse amongst his teammates, and around the league, that was a game, there was only four games on TV last night. There was a ton of people checking in who had followed this game all year and they knew the storyline between Snell and and Logan Webb going into it and they wanted to see it.
“And firsthand they saw that you know who was the bigger man, who was the badder ass? Well, it was Logan Webb and he comes out with a complete game a second of the year. And he takes down the the legend of Blake Snell and that it was just such a great argument.”
While Krukow admitted that Webb might not have enough to win the award, he thinks it was a substantial.
“I don’t know if it’s enough to carry the weight, I got it,” Krukow said. “But you know what? He has a strong storyline for Cy Young because of what he’s done this year and what he did last night. That’s how big last night was.”
Webb has faced the most batters in the league this season at 850 and has the best walk/strikeout rate (1.3) and strikeout/walk rate per nine innings (6.3) in baseball.
Compared with Snell’s inability to go more than six innings for the most part (his three starts past six innings went exactly seven), it’s something to consider.
Webb should get one more start on the final day of the season at home against the Dodgers.
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