In 2003, Brandon Webb threw the first pitch for the Arizona Diamondbacks. By the end of the decade, he had become one of the greatest pitchers in team history. (although he only played one game in his final season on the ), it took Webb only six seasons to be considered the greatest of all time.
This would dive into the best numbers behind Brandon Webb’s short but illustrious career with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
2006 NL Cy Young Award winner. In the following 2007 and 2008 seasons, he won the NL Cy Young runner-up. He is an NL Rookie of the Year finalist and an All-Star he has been named three times. How efficient was Webb with the Arizona Diamondbacks?
At 36, Kurt Schilling eventually won Arizona last season, so he needed a successor. The good news is that manager Bob Brenley had just that with Brandon Webb. Only 24 years old and in his rookie year, he posted a 2.84 ERA in his 180.2 innings, and Miguel had his 10-9 record, his second-highest on the team behind Batista.
Giving up just 12 homers in that many innings made it 0.6 HR per nine innings. Keeping his ball in the park became a hallmark of Webb, and over his career he averaged 0.6 HR per nine innings. It features his one of the best ever two seams his sinking his fastball.
Despite Florida Marlins rookie Dontrell Willis winning Rookie of the Year, Webb surpassed him in several categories. Webb had a low ERA and his WHIP, only he had fewer hits and home runs and more strikeouts in 20 innings pitched.
Arizona as a team suffered a major setback in the following 2004 season, losing 111 games compared to the 85 games Arizona had won the previous year. However, Webb maintained his productivity and in 208 innings he managed a 3.59 ERA. His record was an ugly 7-16. It definitely applies to the whole team.
The following season (2005) improved further from Webb, posting a lower ERA (3.54) over more innings (229) and a much improved 14–12 record.
Webb’s Cy Young Award-winning season was a great one. Despite Arizona finishing 10 games with a sub-.500 batting average, Brandon Webb won more than two-thirds of the games he started, going 16-8 with a 3.10 ERA in 235 innings pitched. His ability to become a workhorse inning eater only got better and better as he went on, and it seemed inevitable that he would win a Cy Young Award.
Webb was runner-up in the 2007 NL Cy Young Awards voting for Jake Peavy. Webb has won two more games than he did in 2006.
In 2008, Webb went 22-7 with a 3.30 ERA, a career-best win. Despite his league-leading 22 wins and a respectable ERA, Webb once again placed his second in Cy Young Award voting, this time losing to his 24-year-old Tim Lincecum of San Francisco. .
He started one game in 2009, surrendering in four innings and hitting two uncharacteristic home runs. It will be the last time Webb takes the mound with the Diamondbacks and Major League Baseball. By age 29, he would announce his retirement.
In the career lifetime of some of the greatest talent in gaming history, Webb has been a snap of the fingers by comparison. Overnight he became Arizona’s Golden Boy and was soon respected throughout the league. Never forget how good you were.