Jansen struck out Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann on four pitches to close out a 13-6 win. To Martinez, who spent the first two years of his 18-year major-league career with the Dodgers, that was a sign of panic.
“With all due respect to [Dodgers manager] Mr. Mattingly, I did not see the need for [closer] Kenley Jansen to be in [Game 3],” Martinez said Sunday on TBS. “I did not see the need for Paco Rodriguez to face more than one batter, he’s a specialty lefty. I can only imagine seeing this kind of scenario in a World Series game, tied in the ninth inning. I don’t know what Mattingly is going to do [then] if he panics in a game with a seven-run lead. This looks like more of a panic-time than anything else.”