In the 9th inning of Tuesday night’s win, the Dodgers opted to throw Blake Treinen out for the save, not closer Kenley Jansen. Notably, Kenley was in the bullpen and seemingly available, but instead, Dave Roberts opted for a different direction.
After the game, Doc explained why.
Kenley was available, I just think that the last 10 days we’ve leaned on him heavily. And so Blake coming off three days rest… they’re interchangeable. Kenley’s our closer but to keep him frisky and fresh allows Blake a little bit of runway today. So, it was the right move and it worked out and Kenley will be ready to go tomorrow.
For what it’s worth, the Padres did have their 2-3-4 hitters due up in the 9th, including Jake Cronenworth and Manny Machado who have both given Kenley fits in the past. However, to Dave’s note, the big man did make two appearances in each of the last three series, pitching six times in a nine day stretch.
Since an ugly six game blip mid-season, Jansen has arguably been the best closer in baseball. Over his last 25 games, the Dodgers’ all-time saves leader has a 0.71 ERA with 14 saves and 31 strikeouts across 25.1 innings. Batters are hitting just .095 against him.
Treinen got the job done on Tuesday night but didn’t go unscathed, serving up a solo home run to San Diego second baseman Jake Cronenworth in the eventual 2-1 LA win. Max Scherzer gets the ball tonight against Ryan Weathers and the Padres. First pitch is set for 7:10 PM PT.