The Hall of Fame pitcher, speaking on a conference call with other TBS broadcasters on Wednesday morning, was thinking along the same lines of the Dodgers’ staff for their middle relief innings.
“I think they have to pull one of those starters that is used to pitching in those middle innings to try to get righties and lefties out,” Martinez said. “If they can pull one of those starters, they can build a bridge to get to (closer Kenley) Jansen.”
Martinez is a studio analyst for TBS, which holds the right to the entire first round of National Legaue games. The network assigned Ernie Johnson, Ron Darling, Cal Ripken and reporter Sam Ryan to the Dodgers-Mets series.
Kenley Jansen/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers will be off to Colorado for a three-game series with the Rockies beginning Friday. The last time the Dodgers were there, closer Kenley Jansen was unavailable to pitch the final game of that series on June 3. It turns out, he had high blood pressure.
Mattingly on Tuesday said he expects Jansen to be fully available with no limitations when the team hits the Mile High city (Denver) again.
“I’m expecting him to be available, for sure,” Mattingly said. “I’m sure Stan (Conte) will have some precautions, things that we have to look out for and he’ll have to pay attention to going into that.”
Mattingly said one precaution all players need to take for the high elevation at Colorado is staying hydrated.
Conte is vice president of medical services for the Dodgers.
OAKLAND — It was a strange scene Wednesday morning. All the Dodgers’ relief pitchers, including temporary long manMat 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.
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.”