The Dodgers were able to hold onto a lead throughout the game against the Brewers despite a lack of offense late in the game. After scoring 2 runs in the first 2 innings, Los Angeles managed to tack on just 1 more before heading into the 9th.
Kenley Jansen came on to close it for the Dodgers in the final inning, and his stuff looked…questionable. Jansen’s hardest thrown pitch of the outing was a 91 mph cutter to Christian Yelich, but even the placement was bad. The low velocity and missed location were fairly consistent throughout his outing. When asked about how Kenley threw, Doc was unusually straightforward in how he felt.
It was good to see him get the job done, but it just didn’t seem like the stuff had the teeth that I’ve sen in recent outings. So I’m going to go back and look at the video…I just didn’t think that the cutter there were a couple of throws that had some life but it just didn’t have the life in the zone. And the breaking ball was cast more than I’ve seen it. We’ll see, again I don’t really know as much until I look at it.
Not exactly a vote of confidence from a manager. But this might show that the Dodgers are indeed willing to move on from Kenley Jansen if he cannot get the job done. Maybe. And to be quite honest, it’s that sort of open-minded thinking that the team needs to get back to the World Series.
The Dodgers cannot blindly commit to Jansen for the entire postseason and just hope that he finds it at the right time. The team will no doubt continue to give him the 9th inning but don’t be surprised to see a change if Jansen slips up.
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