The Dodgers might try to get a little bit creative with how they use their bullpen during the 2020 postseason. Rather than deploying Kenley Jansen strictly in save situations, Dave Roberts has discussed using him in big moments during some games.
This wouldn’t be the first time that Kenley has been used unconventionally during the playoffs. There have been several times over the last few years where Roberts has asked Jansen to get important outs in the 7th and 8th innings for the Dodgers as well. But the timing of it all is interesting.
Like I said the other day, he’s our closer. But there are still opportunities and I talked to Kenley yesterday, just to kind of be on the same page that there’s still going to be times that I might need him in a different inning. And he’s on board with whatever to help us win baseball games. It’s a title, but I think that in practice there are certain innings and certain parts of the lineup where he’s the best option.
Dave Roberts had said that Kenley’s stuff ‘lacked teeth’ after he closed out game 1 of the Wild Card Series. That led many to wonder if Doc was losing faith in his long-time closer, though he later backtracked on those comments. Then in game 2 of that series, the Dodgers went with Brusdar Graterol even though Kenley was available.
Still, if Roberts is hoping to use Kenley in the biggest spot of the game, that should speak enough about his confidence in him. Some of the biggest moments of the game may come in the 7th or 8th inning, and the Dodgers won’t be afraid to throw Kenley out there. Fortunately, they have plenty of guys who can handle the 9th this season.
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