SAN FRANCISCO – Tuesday was Logan Webb Day at Sierra Elementary School in Rocklin.
Should 24-year-old Webb beat the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night in the National League Division Series, his level of fame will surpass that of Placer County.
You could make the case that in terms of interest, intensity, and rivalry, Webb is offering the biggest game in Oracle Park’s history. If he beat the Dodgers and pits the Giants against the Atlanta Braves in the National League Championship Series, he’s liable to have an idol in his likeness outside the ballpark someday.
Not that there’s any pressure or anything.
“I think I like these types of moments,” Webb said Wednesday at a press conference before a Giants workout. “I love the crowd. I love the pressure. I’m excited to throw tomorrow, especially because I’ve got a guy out there[in Buster Posey]who’s always cool. Even I get up a little bit , he’ll be the first person to tell me to bring it back down.”
Based on Webb’s overall work and especially his last two starts, the Giants will have to capitalize on their chances with the NLDS tied 2-2. Back on May 7, Webb gave away six earned runs in 3 2/3 innings on the road to Colorado and saw his record fall to 1-3. He has not lost since, ending the regular season 11–3 with a 3.03 earned run average.
Webb closed out the regular season by beating the San Diego Padres 11–4 to give the Giants the division title against the Dodgers and even hit a home run. He scored eight runs in seven innings. Then in Game 1 of the NLDS against the Dodgers, Webb was even better, scoring five hits in 7 2/3 innings without a walk and 10 strikes.
At 6-foot-1, 220 pounds and a wicked two-seam fastball that runs inside right-handers as well as a slider and change-up, Webb is pitching in a way that suits his age and experience level. it depends on.
“I can’t say he’s pitched a Game 5 in a Division Series, but he’s pretty battle-tested in other ways,” said Giants manager Gabe Kapler. “I think he can rely on some of that experience and certainly count on himself because of the success he’s had to date.”
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts thought his team was not patient enough and chased pitches too high from the strike zone in Game 1, but admitted plate discipline is easier said than done, given Webb’s skill.
“He has really good stuff. There is a lot of action in the ball,” said Roberts. “When he is right, he has a really good command, and when he is not, the ball is still very good. moves on.”
Even after all the success, the behavior of the web has not changed.
“He’s a big goofball who shows up every day in a good mood with a big, goofy smile on his face,” said outfielder Mike Yastrzemsky. “No moment changes, no matter how big, whether it be small.”
Webb undergoes transformation on the days he pitches, filled with three cans of the energy drink Red Bull – one when he hits the field, one when he expands and one after his warmup. Webb acknowledged it as a bad habit, saying that he and his brother started doing it at the Travel Ball and warned “don’t get mad at my dad or mom.”
Even with all the caffeine, the web remains friendly and approachable.
“I’ve been around some really good, high-quality, Hall of Fame-caliber pitchers who are really hard to negotiate with in their early days and while there are few pitchers in a clubhouse, you just stay away from them. The day they start.” Kapler said. “But that’s not Logan Webb.”
Webb takes no offense at Yastrzemsky’s characterization of him as a “goofball” and actually applies it to himself.
“I’ve always been a goof,” Webb said. “I tried to” talk to nobody: talk. You hear about these people and I think it’s stupid. I can not do that. I have to talk to people, laugh, smile, keep it light.”
Once Webb is actually on the mound, it’s a different story, as his screams and fist-pumps demonstrated after receiving some major boycotts in his Game 1 masterpiece. Puppy dog becomes pit bull.
“I definitely think that when I’m on the mound, I really don’t,” Webb said. “I’m kind of off. You see me yelling at myself all the time. But as soon as I get down the mound and into the dugout, I can go crazy for a few seconds but then I want to talk to the pitching coaches, cup And want to talk to Buster.
Webb assumes Rocklin will jump on Thursday night.
“I’m sure it will be awesome,” Webb said. “Great to see support from my city, I got to see photos of Logan Webb Day at my elementary school. They were all wearing giants’ stuff.”
Rocklin and another win in San Francisco will bring Webb and the Giants closer to a parade.