SAN FRANCISCO — When the San Francisco Giants gained three World Collection titles over the five-year interval from 2010-14, they did so with younger pitchers blossoming at simply the best time. With out Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner, the Giants wouldn’t have risen to such heights.
As they began their newest postseason quest on a cold Friday evening by the San Francisco Bay, a fresh-faced right-hander tamed the Los Angeles Dodgers and supplied indications that one thing related may very well be creating. Logan Webb, 24, dominated with an assortment of fastballs, changeups and floor ball-inducing sinkers over seven and two-thirds scoreless innings, handing the Giants a 4-0 win in Recreation 1 of this Nationwide League division sequence.
It could appear presumptuous to debate Webb in phrases reserved for Lincecum, Cain and Bumgarner. However the catcher who was behind the plate for all three of these World Collection titles stated afterward that he may see the parallels.
“It felt a bit of like Lincecum towards the Braves in 2010,” Buster Posey stated, flashing again to a different division sequence Recreation 1 when Lincecum threw an entire sport, two-hit gem in a 1-0 win over Atlanta.
On the time, Lincecum was 26, with almost 4 full seasons on his résumé.
Webb has been within the majors for components of three seasons, however didn’t set up himself within the rotation till final 12 months. Towards the Dodgers, he grew to become the youngest San Francisco pitcher to start out a postseason sport since Bumgarner in 2012 — and the second-youngest Big to start out a Recreation 1 since Bumgarner’s 2012 Nationwide League Championship Collection begin when he was 23.
“I’m so impressed with him,” stated Kris Bryant, whose solo house run within the seventh helped chase Dodgers starter Walker Buehler. “His first playoff expertise and he was simply on the market pretending prefer it’s a sport within the yard. It was actually enjoyable to look at. Actually enjoyable.”
This sense of one thing particular creating has been gathering steam for a few months. Webb’s 2.40 E.R.A. since Might 11 is the second-best within the majors, amongst pitchers with at the least 20 begins, trailing solely Buehler (2.32). On Friday he outshined his Los Angeles counterpart, putting out 10 and strolling none.
Webb grew up in Rocklin, Calif., simply on the opposite facet of Sacramento, about 90 minutes from San Francisco. The Giants’ fourth-round choose within the 2014 draft, he grew up following the Oakland Athletics as a result of that’s who his father favored. He was additionally an enormous fan of the N.F.L.’s Raiders.
He’s come again from Tommy John surgical procedure and has stated he’s thought of legally blind. He was identified with a extreme astigmatism, which causes blurred imaginative and prescient, in third or fourth grade when he had problem seeing the ball.
However as he blossomed this summer season, it was exhausting to consider he had something standing in his means. Webb, who went 11-3 with a 3.03 E.R.A. in 27 video games (26 begins), completed the season making 20 consecutive begins and not using a shedding determination. It’s the longest such streak for the Giants since Jack Sanford in 1962.
“He’s acquired three pitches which might be elite, which is certainly a luxurious on my finish,” Posey stated.
Webb allowed solely two hits over the primary 5 innings and acquired assist from San Francisco’s spectacular protection, together with a slick, inning-ending double play within the fourth when second baseman Tommy La Stella fielded Justin Turner’s floor ball up the center and shoveled the ball from his glove to Brandon Crawford on the bag whereas La Stella’s momentum was carrying him towards heart subject. The toss didn’t arrive in an ideal spot, however Crawford was capable of pluck the ball out of the air and execute a quick relay throw that reached first base simply in time.
Webb described the play as “sick.” Kapler stated he thought “it was one of many higher performs we’ve made all 12 months.”
And with that, the Giants have the Dodgers on their heels.