Three Giants win Silver Slugger Award


Three Giants win Silver Slugger Award

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SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants have long been known for pitching, but Thursday’s Silver Slugger Award announcements showed that this now is an organization that’s as powerful as any in the National League. 

A third of the Opening Day lineup won a Silver Slugger, given annually to the best hitter at each position. Shortstop Brandon Crawford won for the first time, catcher Buster Posey took home his third Silver Slugger, and ace Madison Bumgarner won for a second straight season.

The announcements capped a huge week for Crawford, who picked up his first Gold Glove Award on Tuesday. He is the first Giants shortstop to win a Silver Slugger since Rich Aurilia in 2001. Crawford led National League shortstops in homers (21, more than doubling his previous career-high), RBI (84), doubles (33) and OPS (.782). He was the first Giant in 42 years to lead MLB shortstops in RBI and the first shortstop in 110 years to lead the Giants in homers.

With Troy Tulowitzki now in the American League, Crawford will have a strong chance to repeat in 2016. The other two Giants winners have strangleholds on the award.

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Posey has won three of the last four years and was an easy choice this season after leading NL catchers in average (.318), homers (tied with Welington Castillo at 19), RBI (95), runs (74), OBP (.379) and slugging (.470). 

Bumgarner is the best-hitting pitcher in baseball and it’s not particularly close. He hit five homers; no other pitcher had more than two. The big lefty became the first pitcher to hit five bombs since 2006, when Carlos Zambrano had six, and he needs just one more to tie active leader Yovani Gallardo (12 career homers).

Bumgarner also led MLB pitchers in hits (19) and RBI (9). Bumgarner slugged .468, which ranked him 47th among all National League players with at least 75 plate appearances.

Giants vs. D-backs lineups: Logan Webb set to make big league debut


Giants vs. D-backs lineups: Logan Webb set to make big league debut

Saturday will be a big day for Logan Webb.

The young right-hander will make his big league debut for the Giants in Arizona as Bruce Bochy's club looks to continue their winning ways in the desert. 

After Dereck Rodriguez twirled a gem in the opener on Thursday, the Giants crushed six home runs in an extra-inning win Friday, and now have their eyes on a series win against their NL West rival.

Here are the full lineups for Saturday's game. You can follow the action on NBC Sports Bay Area or by downloading and streaming on the MyTeams app

San Francisco Giants (62-61)
Mike Yastrzemski, RF
Stephen Vogt, C
Evan Longoria, 3B
Alex Dickerson, LF
Scooter Gennett, 2B
Kevin Pillar, CF
Brandon Belt, 1B
Brandon Crawford, SS
Logan Webb, RHP (major league debut)

Arizona Diamondbacks (61-62)
Jarrod Dyson, CF
Wilmer Flores, 2B
Eduardo Escobar, 3B
David Peralta, LF
Adam Jones, RF
Jake Lamb, 1B
Nick Ahmed, SS
Alex Avila, C
Taylor Clarke, RHP (4-3, 5.46 ERA)

Logan Webb to become youngest Giants starter since Madison Bumgarner


Logan Webb to become youngest Giants starter since Madison Bumgarner

PHOENIX -- The Giants have gone with youth in their rotation, but even by that new standard, Logan Webb's debut will be noteworthy. 

Webb will be 272 days past his 22nd birthday when he throws his first pitch Saturday night, making him the youngest Giant to start a game since Madison Bumgarner. He'll be the fourth-youngest Giants starter since 2000, trailing just Bumgarner (20 years, 38 days in 2009), Matt Cain (20 years, 332 days in 2005) and Jerome Williams (21 years, 143 days in 2003), according to Stats LLC.

It's been no secret that the Giants have leaned heavily on veteran starters over the past decade, with guys like Ryan Vogelsong, Tim Hudson and Jake Peavy filling in during the championship years and Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto joining the top of the rotation in recent years. 

But as the game has gotten younger, the Giants truly have fallen behind. It's not just that the Giants haven't had a 22-year-old starter since Bumgarner's debut. They haven't even had a 23-year-old. Bumgarner made 105 starts before turning 24. The next youngest Giants starter during that time was Erik Surkamp, who was 24 years and 52 days old when he made his debut in 2011. 

This year the Giants have used 24-year-olds Shaun Anderson and Conner Menez, and they always thought Webb could be an option in the second half. Manager Bruce Bochy admitted the thinking changed a bit when Webb was suspended for 80 games, but back in spring training, Webb opened eyes. 

"He threw the ball well," Bochy said. "The thing you like about him is he throws strikes, and he's got good stuff. I thought he was very confident this spring in his outings and with how he handled himself. This spring he really impressed. I'm not surprised to see him."

Webb said that he thought about his future during the spring, and he was ready to take on any role to get a shot at the big leagues. He said his hopes about a timetable changed a bit after the suspension, but after just three starts back in Double-A and one in Triple-A, the Giants will use him to fill a hole. 

With an off-day Monday, Dereck Rodriguez back in the rotation, and Anderson just about 100 percent, it seems likely this will be a cameo appearance for Webb. But no matter how it goes, he'll get his name in the books as one of the youngest Giants starters of the past two decades.

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Webb gave a reminder of just how young he was while chatting with reporters Friday. Asked about his Niners fandom, he said he doesn't remember certain players familiar to reporters. 

"I was born in 1996," he pointed out.