Predicting the Giants starting rotation on Opening Day
Giants No. 5 starter: RHP Logan Webb
Logan Webb is in the same boat as Tyler Beede. Both are young and talented, both can strike guys out, and both walk a lot of batters.
The reason Webb and Beede will be given the first crack at a rotation spot over guys like Tyson Ross or Tyler Anderson, even if they’re healthy, is because Ross and Anderson are not a part of the future plans of the team.
On the other hand, Webb could very well be a major part of the team’s plans going forward, provided he improves on his 2019 performance and shows that he can progress and mature as a starter.
The Giants don’t expect Beede and Webb to be the next Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain, but I think they are hoping that they could be solid middle-of-the-rotation guys going forward.
The only way for them to find that out is to put them in the rotation to start the year and see if they sink or swim over the course of a full season at the big league level.
After finishing 19th in the majors with a 4.77 starters’ ERA in 2019, the Giants will be hoping for improved performance from their starting rotation in 2020.