Everything just about went the Dodgers way in game 5 of the World Series, a stark contrast over the previous contest. Clayton Kershaw gave the club a gutty 5.2 inning performance, allowing 2 runs to the scrappy Rays. The rest of the bullpen followed with 3.1 innings of scoreless relief to lock down the 4-2 win and put LA one win away from its first world title in 32 years.
The inning with perhaps the biggest microscope was the 9th. Dave Roberts called on Blake Treinen, not embattled closer Kenley Jansen to record the final 3 outs. Something he was asked about after the game.
They’re both great choices, but I just felt that I liked Blake right there. We’ve leaned on Kenley, we haven’t done three in a row in some time but we have with Blake… I just like it right there. But they’re both unbelievable guys in high-leverage.
You have to admire Dave’s ability to stick by Kenley Jansen. Still, he was pressed about what Jansen’s role might be for the rest of this series. More so, who might be getting the ball in the 9th inning of a potential game 6 clincher.
I see a lot of our guys — Kenley and Blake in particular — high leverage. And whatever that means, I think conventionally it’s ‘closing’ … but I think we’re just kind of peeling back a layer on that. … Kenley I thought threw the ball well [on Friday], he just was unlucky … but come game 6, Kenley will be ready to pitch high leverage.
Read into that as you will, but with a day off on Monday, and the team having avoided arms like Joe Kelly and Brusdar Graterol among others on Sunday night, you can bet your bottom dollar that everyone will be on deck to shut down a potential game 6, World Series-clinching win on Tuesday.