Alex Wood said today that he is preparing to pitch out of the bullpen in Games 1 through 3 of the National League Division Series against the New York Mets, and maybe beyond.
Pedro Martinez endorses this idea.
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.
PHOENIX — Zack Greinke put the game out of reach, and Kenley Jansen tested the resiliency of a four-run lead at Chase Field, in the Dodgers’ 4-3 win. The box score is here.
The Dodgers’ platoon system has reached its peak in September.
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.