It's not better to be lucky than good. The ideal situation is to be both. That's been the case with right-hander Ryan Webb, who before Wednesday had faced 32 batters without allowing a base hit. Joey Votto brought that run to an end with one of two seventh-inning Reds' singles off Webb. Webb had gone nine straight appearances – only one of which was less than a full inning -- without surrendering multiple hits. During his 32-batter hitless streak, Webb walked three and watched another reach on an error. "Honestly, I didn't even pick up on it until a week ago," said Webb, who took a 14 1/3-inning scoreless streak into Thursday's series final. "Probably San Diego [last week] I realized it had been a little while. It was a good confidence booster, too, knowing you're making good enough pitches that even if you're not striking anybody out, guys aren't making solid contact off you. It's a testament to what I've been working on, which is trying to stay out of the middle of the plate and make quality pitches on the corners." Webb through Wednesday had a ridiculously low batting average on balls in play (.155). That was by far tops in the majors among 24 relievers with at least 20 innings. The two others with a BABIP less than .200: Pittsburgh's Justin Wilson (.173) and Houston's Paul Clemens (.181).
Lucky or good? Marlins' reliever Webb may be both
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | May 18