SAN FRANCISCO — Logan Webb pitched one in every of baseball’s most epic postseason video games in Game 1 of the National League Division Series, and he did it by forcing the Dodgers to show into their very own worst enemies.
Webb was masterful in his first profession postseason begin, mixing a diving changeup and a slider that ran away from right-handed hitters after which ran just a bit bit extra. But maybe Webb’s greatest benefit was his potential to make use of the Dodgers’ aggressiveness and uncharacteristic eagerness to stray out of the strike zone towards them.
“For me it wasn’t the stuff necessarily, because we’ve seen that essentially all season long,” Giants supervisor Gabe Kapler mentioned after Friday’s 4-0 victory. “It was the composure, it was the demeanor, it was the poise on the big stage with an incredible atmosphere. He just kind of channeled all that into his performance.”
Webb, 24, emerged as top-of-the-line starters in baseball in the course of the second half of the Giants’ 107-win common season, however he — very similar to the group he performs for — has managed to stay comparatively nameless. His efficiency in Game 1, through which he threw 7 2/3 shutout innings, permitting 4 hits and putting out 10, figures to alter that.
Just 30 occasions in baseball historical past has a beginning pitcher in a postseason sport pitched a minimum of 7 2/3 shutout innings, allowed fewer than 5 hits and struck out 10. But Webb went one higher; he is one in every of solely 4 pitchers, together with Cliff Lee, Jake Arrieta and Trevor Bauer, to do all of that and add in zero walks.
“He’s got three pitches that are elite, and so it’s definitely a luxury on my end to pick and choose,” catcher Buster Posey mentioned. “He’s got the ability to get guys out a lot of different ways, and it’s a recipe for success, that’s for sure.”
Webb’s secondary pitches saved the Dodgers frequently off-balance, and the underside 4 within the Dodgers’ order completed 0-for-12 with seven strikeouts.
“To be honest, we just didn’t make adjustments,” Roberts mentioned. “He had great stuff, but we just chased a lot more than we should have. But yeah, credit to Logan.”
Kapler’s determination to start out Webb over Kevin Gausman in Game 1 was a gentle shock regardless of Webb’s second-half dominance. Gausman himself had mentioned earlier than the sport, “For me personally, I think Webby deserves it.” Webb completed an 11-3 common season by pitching seven innings and hitting a house run towards the Padres in sport 162 for the Giants, clinching the NL West on the ultimate day of the common season and sending the Dodgers to the wild-card sport.
“I don’t think there’s any question the last game of the season for Logan carried over into this one,” Kapler mentioned. “He seems to be grabbing momentum from the previous start to kind of propel him in the next one.”