05/03/08 8:25 PM ET
Webb named NL Pitcher of the Month
Former Cy Young winner went 6-0 with a 1.98 ERA in April
By Mark Dent / MLB.com
Webb was named National League Pitcher of the Month on Saturday, after going 6-0 with a 1.98 ERA in April. He has 34 strikeouts in 41 innings for the Diamondbacks, who went 20-8 in the season's opening month.
In his last start in April, Webb outdueled the Padres' Jake Peavy on April 27 in a 2-1 victory. Webb allowed just five hits and one unearned run in five innings.
He got the win against another ace that night, but it wasn't close to his best performance. In consecutive starts on April 11 and 16, Webb went eight innings and picked up the victory both times, allowing just three earned runs. He allowed two earned runs on the 11th and one on the 16th.
Webb has been one of the top pitchers in the game the past two seasons, winning the Cy Young in 2006 and finishing as the runner up last season. But he's never pitched this good. Webb ended both of those seasons with ERA's of 3.10 and 3.01, respectively. His 1.98 ERA, good for fourth in the National League, shatters both of those marks right now, and he also leads the NL in wins.
Webb's six April victories were more than any pitcher has recorded in that month since Randy Johnson won six games in 2002. On Saturday, Webb improved to 7-0 in the D-backs' 10-4 win over the Mets. The right-hander allowed four earned runs on five hits, walking two and striking out three, over six innings.
Mark Dent is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.