Once you see this pitching overlay of Giants starter Logan Webb, maybe you’ll understand why so many hitters swing and miss against him.
At first glance, Webb's sinker and changeup appear to be the same pitch. But wait until the very end.
Rob Friedman (aka Pitching Ninja) created the insane overlay that made him say “whoa” out loud.
Webb, who allowed one earned run and tied a career high with 10 strikeouts in seven dominant innings Thursday, was asked about this exact overlay following the Giants' 5-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.
“I try to throw them the exact same way, coming out of my hand,” Webb told reporters after the game. “I feel like I got really good at that in spring and kind of in the offseason and I feel like I might have lost that for a little bit, we’ve been working on the changeup a lot in bullpens and other stuff, it’s starting to feel a little more comfortable now. Today was better, still got a lot of work to do with it, but yeah -- just trying to feel it off the hand the same way is the main thing.”
Webb’s 21 swing and misses against the Brewers was the most in his career in a single game.
His groundball rate (61.2 percent) is a standout number among pitchers, and it has a lot to do with that sinker of his. That’s always a bonus when you have shortstop Brandon Crawford behind you making any play within range.
The 24-year-old also swapped out his four-seam fastball usage with the sinker and he mentioned when his two-seamer is working, the rest of his pitches tend to follow suit.
After his performance Thursday, Webb now has a 2.56 ERA with 121 strikeouts in 112 1/3 innings, along with one “whoa,” from Pitching Ninja.