The Dodgers head to Colorado for a pivotal series with the Rockies after losing a series to the Mets. The series will be even tougher with the loss of Kenley Jansen for this weekend’s series.
The Dodgers are already going to Colorado with less air in their sails after dropping a series to the New York Mets. The Dodgers lost some more momentum with news that Kenley Jansen will miss the series against the Rockies. Jansen’s cardiologist recommended that he skip the series in Colorado so that is exactly what the Dodgers will do.
The series was going to be tough, to begin with, and now the series became that much tougher. Last time the Dodgers went to Colorado they blew three late leads without the services of Jansen who was on the disabled list. If it wasn’t for those blown leads, the Dodgers would be in first place right now.
The Dodgers will use a closer by committee with the possible “closers” being Pedro Baez, Ryan Madson, Scott Alexander, Kenta Maeda, and Dylan Floro. Going by the past month, the best candidates to fill in for Jansen are Dylan Floro and Pedro Baez. It remains to be seen how Dave Roberts will manage the ninth inning but the Dodgers should roll with Baez or Floro.
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