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SF Giants: Three key takeaways from the Rangers series sweep

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 10: Manager Gabe Kapler #19 of the San Francisco Giants looks on from the dugout against the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Oracle Park on May 10, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 10: Manager Gabe Kapler #19 of the San Francisco Giants looks on from the dugout against the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Oracle Park on May 10, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 30: Logan Webb #62 of the San Francisco Giants pitches during the first inning of a game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on April 30, 2021. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

SF Giants: Three Takeaways From the Rangers Series

2. Logan Webb’s stellar performance

Before the season, Giants fans were eager to see how Logan Webb would perform in his third major league season. Webb had built up a lot of excitement in spring training as he was racking up the strikeout totals while flashing improved command.

Despite this, the young righty got off to a slow start. Webb combined to yield six earned runs on five walks and 15 hits in his first two starts. At this point, he was briefly demoted to the bullpen, but injuries enabled him to return to the rotation rather quickly.

Since then, the 24-year-old has found a little more consistency. The pitcher we saw on Tuesday was a different, and hopefully, new hurler. Tuesday’s game began like many starts from Webb in that he struggled to find the strike zone.

He escaped the first inning while giving up only one run, but Buster Posey and Curt Casali asked him to pick up the tempo. Webb did not look back after that.

The former fourth-round pick was in command of his arsenal and knew how to avoid contact as he racked up 14 swinging strikes. After a tough first inning, the Rangers’ offense struggled to muster anything against Webb.

He finished the day with six innings of work, including two runs (one earned run), three hits, two walks, and 10 strikeouts. Webb is seemingly on the fringe of the rotation discussion, and he has to state his case each time out. With more performances like the one we saw on Tuesday, Webb’s hold on a rotation spot will only get stronger.

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