The Cardinals assigned Webb to Triple-A Memphis after he cleared waivers Sunday.
Webb was designated for assignment Thursday after posting an ugly 13.22 ERA and 2.51 WHIP over his 22 relief appearances for the big club this season. The 30-year-old will likely need to show sharper command and control at Triple-A for an extended period before the Cardinals entertain the idea of adding him back to the 40-man roster.
Webb was designated for assignment by the Cardinals on Thursday.
Webb had struggled for most of the season, and he'll be cast off the 40-man roster after he allowed eight runs (six earned) on five hits and four walks in 1.1 innings across his last two outings. The southpaw posted a 13.22 ERA and 2.51 WHIP in 16.1 innings across 22 relief appearances to begin the year. Left-hander Andrew Miller (toe) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move.
Webb secured his second hold in a win over the Diamondbacks on Saturday, firing a scoreless eighth inning during which he allowed a hit and recorded a strikeout.
Despite his season-long struggles, Webb was notably called upon by manager Mike Shildt to work the eighth inning in a three-run game. The veteran left-hander was up to the task, firing 13 of his 17 pitches into the strike zone during a relatively smooth frame. It was a rare taste of success for Webb, who'd allowed at least one earned run in seven of his previous nine trips to the mound despite not surrendering any home runs during that stretch.
Webb, who allowed an earned run on two walks over 1.1 innings in a loss to the Padres on Friday, owns a 19.29 ERA over four May appearances.
The left-hander also recorded two strikeouts Friday for his first outing with multiple punchouts this season, but Webb simply can't seem to settle into any sort of groove for an extended period. The veteran offered some hope when he posted four consecutive scoreless appearances over a seven-day period in mid-April, but he's subsequently generated a 16.62 ERA and 3.23 WHIP in the 4.1 innings covering his next six appearances. Webb is still seeing as much work as in past seasons -- his 15 appearances are already just six fewer than the 21 he logged in 2020 -- but manager Mike Shildt could reach his breaking point eventually if the 30-year-old doesn't figure things out soon.
Webb has allowed seven earned runs on four hits and seven walks while recording one strikeout across 2.1 innings covering his last four appearances.
The left-hander's woes continued in Thursday's loss to the Mets, when he failed to record a single out and got just three of 11 pitches into the strike zone before getting the hook in the seventh inning. Prior to the current stretch, the normally reliable Webb had produced four consecutive scoreless efforts. However, his multi-appearance slump has ballooned his ERA and WHIP to 13.00 and 2.22, respectively.
Webb, who fired a scoreless two-thirds of an inning in which he recorded a strikeout during Sunday's loss to the Brewers, has a 12.46 ERA and 1.38 WHIP across his first six appearances.
The left-hander is already logging his usual heavy volume of middle-relief work, but Webb has given up multiple earned runs twice, leading to his inflated numbers. The 30-year-old has posted ERAs of 3.76 and 2.08 over his last two seasons, however, so there's evidence to support the notion he can bounce back over time.
Webb owns a 3.86 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 5:1 K:BB and three holds across the 4.2 innings covering his first five Grapefruit League appearances.
The veteran southpaw has also held hitters to a cumulative .176 average while posting three scoreless one-inning outings in his five trips to the mound. Webb is coming off a career-best 2020 campaign during which he recorded a 2.08 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, one save and two holds across 21.2 innings (21 appearances).
Webb issued a walk in a scoreless inning during a win over the Brewers in Game 2 of Monday's doubleheader. He struck out one batter and earned the save.
Webb was 0-for-2 in save chances this season prior to Monday with his last opportunity coming all the way back on Aug. 21. The 30-year-old southpaw has now made nine consecutive scoreless appearances, lowering his ERA from 5.40 to 2.30 during that span.
Webb, who fired a clean eighth inning during which he recorded a strikeout in a loss to the Reds on Friday, has now posted seven straight scoreless relief efforts.
The left-hander has lowered his season ERA from 5.40 to 2.70 in the process, transitioning into one of manager Mike Shildt's more reliable middle-relief options. Webb has improved his ERA every year of his career, and given his recent stretch, he appears on the way to significantly improving on 2019's 3.76 figure as well.
Webb (1-1) was credited with the victory in the first game of a doubleheader against the Cubs on Wednesday, firing 1.1 perfect innings during which he recorded two strikeouts.
The left-hander got four valuable outs in the seven-inning affair, bouncing back from his one hiccup of the season in the process. Webb had taken the loss in Game 2 of Monday's twin bill versus the Cubs by yielding three earned runs on two hits over two-thirds of an inning, the only outing among his six appearances during which he's been scored upon thus far.
Webb (0-1) allowed three runs on two hits and two walks in Game 2 of Monday's doubleheader, blowing the save and taking the loss against the Cubs.
Webb came into the sixth inning with one out and an inherited runner and struggled to finish the inning. He coughed up an RBI double to Willson Contreras before serving up a three-run, go-ahead blast to pinch-hitter David Bote. St. Louis looks to be using a closer-by-committee approach but Webb likely set himself back with Monday's rough outing.
Webb was listed by manager Mike Shildt on Wednesday as part of a group of pitchers who could see save chances going forward, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
The Cardinals have no clear next man up after moving Kwang Hyun Kim back to the rotation. It would be a surprise to see Webb get many opportunities in the ninth inning, as his 3.76 ERA last season was fine but hardly closer material, while his 21.7 percent strikeout rate, 10.4 percent walk rate and 41.1 percent groundball rate were all worse than league average. He could see opportunities with a run of lefties up in the ninth inning, though Andrew Miller may be the primary option in those instances.
Webb, who fired a scoreless one-third of inning in which he allowed a hit during a loss to the Twins on Wednesday, has started the 2020 season with three consecutive scoreless appearances overall.
The left-hander had put together an excellent spring training before play was suspended, and he's replicating that caliber of performance thus far in the new season. Webb's first two outings were an inning apiece, appearances during which he didn't allow a hit and recorded a strikeout apiece. The 30-year-old settled in well during his first full Cardinals campaign in 2019, notching eight holds, a 3.76 ERA and 1.02 WHIP over 65 appearances.
Webb recorded six scoreless appearances in Grapefruit League play, generating a 9:0 K:BB and recording three holds before spring training was suspended.
As that line implies, the southpaw made excellent use of his opportunities during spring training, making a formidable case for a roster spot in the process. Webb was a bullpen workhorse to the tune of 65 appearances in 2019, and his body of work during the exhibition slate lends credence to the notion he'll be relied on heavily once again this season. Will Leitch of MLB.com notes that Webb will have to consistently prove effective against both handedness of hitter as a result of the new three-batter-minimum rule, but given he boasted sub-.200 BAAs versus both sides of the plate last season, he appears capable of doing what's necessary to maintain a high-volume role.
Webb, who fired a scoreless ninth inning during which he allowed one hit and recorded two strikeouts in a Grapefruit League loss to the Red Sox on Tuesday, maintains a perfect ERA through five spring appearances.
The 29-year-old southpaw also has a sparkling 8:0 K:BB through the five spring frames he's logged thus far, giving him some solid momentum as the regular season draws nearer. Webb was a valued left-handed option out of the bullpen for manager Mike Shildt last season, posting a 2-1 record, eight holds, a 3.76 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP across a career-high 65 appearances. If his work in Grapefruit League play is any indication, Webb could be in for even better numbers and a heftier workload in 2020.
Webb, who fired 1.1 perfect innings during which he recorded a strikeout in a win against the Royals on Wednesday, now has an 0.84 ERA, 0.38 WHIP and .188 BAA across 10.2 innings over 10 appearances since his latest promotion from Triple-A Memphis.
As those numbers imply, the left-hander has been in dominant form since his return. Webb owns a solid 3.51 ERA and 1.05 WHIP across 41 innings at the big-league level this season while also notching one save and four holds.
Webb was called up from Triple-A Memphis on Sunday.
Webb was called up in a series of moves by the Cardinals in an effort to bolster the team's bullpen prior to Sunday's contest against the Reds. He's pitched 30.1 innings with the big-league club this season, posting a 4.45 ERA and 1.29 WHIP across 30.1 innings.
Webb was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Thursday.
Webb was rocked for three runs on four hits over 0.2 innings during his last outing against the Giants, and his poor performance has ultimately resulted in a demotion. He owns a 4.45 ERA and 1.29 WHIP with a 26:16 K:BB over 30.1 innings this season in the big leagues.
Webb walked one and recorded one out to pick up his first career save Saturday against the Angels.
Webb was called upon after Jordan Hicks was forced to exit due to triceps tendinitis. Webb's opportunity appeared to be primarily a matter of circumstance, and it's not clear that he'd be near the top of the list for more save chances in the future if Hicks misses an extended period.
Webb, who fired 1.2 scoreless innings during which he allowed a hit and recorded a strikeout in a loss to the Marlins on Wednesday, has a 1.50 ERA, .100 WHIP and .132 BAA in the 12 innings covering his last 10 appearances.
The southpaw has been much improved after a rocky start to the season, one that saw his ERA sitting at 6.55 after a May 16 outing against the Braves. Webb has whittled that figure down to 3.91 over the aforementioned stretch of strong pitching, allowing just a pair of earned runs on five hits during that span. His continued success would be a boon for the fortunes of the Cardinals bullpen, considering Webb is only one of two healthy left-handed relievers available to manager Mike Shildt at present.
|Last 7 Games|
|06/02||@ LAD||L 3-14||1.0||3||3||2||1|
|05/30||@ ARI||L 2-9||0.1||2||3||2||0|
|05/29||@ ARI||W 7-4||1.0||1||0||0||1|
|05/25||@ CHW||L 3-8||1.2||2||1||0||1|
|05/21||vs CHC||L 3-12||0.1||1||2||1||0|
|05/19||vs PIT||W 8-5||0.1||2||0||0||0|
|05/15||@ SD||L 3-13||1.0||2||1||0||0|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2013||ASX-Staten Island Yankee||5.0||4||0||0||0||0||1||8||2||0||0.00||0.400|
|2017||AAA-Colorado Springs Sky||16.2||17||0||0||1||2||0||17||7||21||6.67||1.728|
|2018||AAA-El Paso Chihuahuas||22.0||19||0||0||1||1||0||28||8||20||2.05||1.273|