April 18, 2021

Dodgers: Dave Roberts Hesitant to Give Other Guys Save Opportunities With Kenley Jansen Rested (Dodgers Nation)



Sunday was a great day all-around for the Dodgers. Julio Urias pitched a gem, Will Smith crushed a ball, and fans got a good look at Corey Knebel. He came in and completely shut down the Rockies in the 9th inning to lock down the save. 

It was Knebel’s second appearance of the year, but the first time he was awarded a save opportunity. His dominance over Rockies hitters had fans wondering if this was a guy that could get more save opportunities for the Dodgers this year. 

Dave Roberts sort of crushed those hopes and dreams in his postgame presser. Doc said that while he could see a number of guys locking down saves for them, that would only happen on days when Kenley Jansen isn’t available. 

You know there are a few guys that I see taking down saves. And I think that when Kenley is down, to feel that you can trust some other guys in the bullpen to finish a game, I think that’s really important. But yeah, he’s in the mix. 

It’s safe to say that Dodgers fans have generally become wary with Kenley Jansen closing games. He’s blown 14 saves over the last 3 seasons, and an additional 3 during the postseason over that timespan. Regardless, Doc is…

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