Webb allowed three earned runs on three hits and four walks while striking out three across five innings Tuesday against the Red Sox. He did not factor into the decision. Webb pitched well for four innings, but unraveled a bit late in his start. The trouble began in the fifth frame, when he allowed a solo home run to Jackie Bradley. He then went back out to begin the sixth inning but was pulled after allowing a leadoff triple. All told, this was one of Webb's more effective starts, though his 6.75 ERA and 1.76 WHIP make clear his prior lack of effectiveness. He'll look to build on this performance in his next outing, currently scheduled for Sunday at Atlanta.
Webb is scheduled to start Tuesday's game at Boston, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports. Webb has struggled in his last two outings with 12 runs allowed (11 earned) over 7.1 innings, but he'll receive another chance in the rotation Tuesday. The 22-year-old has a 6.75 ERA, 1.76 WHIP and 22:7 K:BB through his first five big-league starts (22.2 innings).
Webb (1-2) was charged with the loss against the Pirates on Wednesday, surrendering four runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four across 4.2 innings. It certainly wasn't a solid start by any means, but only two of Webb's seven hits allowed went for extra bases. The right-hander didn't allow any home runs, and he only walked one batter. Not bad for the young 22-year-old, who owns a 6.75 ERA and 1.76 WHIP across five starts for the Giants this season. His status in the rotation is not guaranteed, especially with Johnny Cueto (elbow) set to return off the injured list.
Webb is slated to make his next scheduled start Wednesday against the Pirates. After word surfaced over the weekend that Johnny Cueto (elbow) would return from the 60-day injured list to start Tuesday, Webb looked at risk of having his next start skipped, if not bumped from the rotation entirely. Instead, the Giants will merely push the rookie back a day in the pitching schedule after he was roughed up for eight runs (seven earned) in 2.2 innings in start in St. Louis last week. Webb delivered three mostly promising starts before the blowup, so he'll get a chance to redeem himself in a home matchup versus a 62-81 Pirates squad.
Webb, who was originally slated to pitch Tuesday against the Pirates, will have his start moved back with Johnny Cueto (elbow) returning from the injured list for that contest, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. The Giants did not announce when Webb's next start will take place, nor whether his next appearance would even come as a starter. The rookie has been inconsistent through four starts (6.50 ERA with a 9.0 K/9), but his fellow young, back-end starters Dereck Rodriguez (5.15 ERA over 87.1 innings) and Tyler Beede (5.33 ERA over 101.1 innings) haven't fared much better. Expect the club to make an official announcement on the rotation in the coming days.