OAKLAND — It was a strange scene Wednesday morning. All the Dodgers’ relief pitchers, including temporary long man Mat Latos, formed a circle near the bullpen along the right field chalk line. A bullpen catcher waited patiently nearby, mitt in hand. Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt was standing close by too. Kenley Jansen did most of the talking.
The pitchers stood at attention for several minutes, then broke up and played catch.
If it looks like a meeting, smells like a meeting, and your bullpen can’t hold a lead…
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly talked about the bullpen last night and again Wednesday morning, saying “it’s just back to execution. If you get the ball where you want over the plate, certain areas of it, you tend to get your outs. Sometimes guys are going to hit good pitches, too. That’s the main thing.”
Zack Greinke powered the Dodgers to a 2-1 win Sunday, hitting the go-ahead home run in the fifth inning one batter after Joc Pederson tied the game with a home run of his own. He pitched pretty well too, lowering his major-league leading ERA to 1.58 with seven strong innings. The box score is here.
As good as Greinke was, Kenley Jansen had a bigger day — attending the delivery of his first son before delivering his 129th career save for the Dodgers.
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen wasn’t in the clubhouse before Sunday’s game because he was with his fiance for the birth of his son Kaden.
Kaden was born at 9:30 a.m., but manager Don Mattingly said that he expected Jansen to be at Dodgers Stadium at some point during the game.
The team last used Jansen in a 5-3 win over the Reds on Friday, his 23rd save of the season.
Mattingly was actually caught off guard by the question of Jansen’s availability, because Jansen’s son was expected today and there has been no plan for him to miss any time.
“As of right now, if there are no complications, he’s going to be in Oakland for those games too,” Mattingly said.