SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – It’s hard to believe the north-south rivalry between San Francisco and Los Angeles could get even more intense, then comes the game-winning NLDS Game 5 playoff between the Giants and Dodgers.
Standing-only tickets soared over $ 220 on Stubhub early Wednesday with top seats at Oracle priced at over $ 3,500.
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This is the end of the first postseason meeting between the two passionate rivals in over 100 years. Both teams have won 109 games this year.
And emotions are skyrocketing, but let San Francisco star receiver Buster Posey keep it simple.
“This will be Game 24 (the Giants-Dodgers have played this year) on Thursday, so obviously the two teams know each other well,” he said. “A lot of these guys have been playing against each other for a long time and I mean that’s why you play is to get to, really it comes down to competition and execution and that’s about as simple as that. “
San Francisco sends its young ace Logan Webb to the Mount on Thursday with the spell of the season on its shoulder. In a Game 1 4-0 win, Webb was masterful, pitching 7 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball while striking out 10 on strikes.
“I think his confidence continued to grow,” Posey said of Webb. “I think things have improved because he thinks he has elite pitches that can compete with any formation and I think it’s a question of – and he showed, I guess , in the last game of the season, and then in the first game of this series, that he can keep his cool, and I think that bodes well for Thursday.
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Manager Gabe Kapler was also convinced his young star was up to the challenge.
“We can build on the track record of the past four months,” he said of Webb on Wednesday evening. “It’s long, it’s a lot of starts and it’s starts in huge games. He’s a totally rested, prepared and confident pitcher. So I mean it’s a lot.
Kapler will also have a full arsenal of weapons if Webb falters, including starters Kevin Gausman and Alex Wood. It’s win or go, everyone is on the bridge.
“It’s cool,” he said. “So you have Webb with a full slate, Gausman with a full slate. I don’t think using Alex Wood at some point in the game would be completely out of the question. We have all of our lifters ready to throw.
On the opposite mound will be Julio Urías, who shut down San Francisco and contributed a single RBI for his cause in the Giants’ 9-2 bombing in Game 2. Urías has baffled Giants hitters all year – all except Posey.
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“It’s like any other pitcher, when you go up against a big league pitcher,” Posey said of Urias. “You hope that when you make a mistake you can put the cannon on it and try to get out of the bounds. He is a great competitor and we will all be looking forward to the challenge.