There’s not a lot of certainty in regards to who will be pitching for the Dodgers in the 9th inning in October. At this point, it’s probably safe to assume it won’t be Craig Kimbrel. But that’s about as much as we know.
There’s a good chance the Dodgers take a closer-by-committee approach, and use matchups to dictate who gets the final three outs of a game.
Anyone from Evan Phillips to Yency Almonte to Alex Vesia to Brusdar Graterol to now Tommy Kahnle could find themselves in a save situation in the postseason.
But one Dodgers insider joined the guys on AM570 to talk about a trend he’s noticed in regards to Kahnle.
“It’s interesting that Tommy Kahnle has, for the first time being a Dodger, pitched back to back games,” Dodger talk host David Vassegh said. “And [he] looked really dominant and had a very clean inning even with a runner at second base to begin the 10th inning. So you have to wonder if he continues to get these opportunities and continues to show he has command of his fastball, that he may be the guy.”
This would be quite the turnaround for the Dodgers as, just a few weeks ago, we had no idea Kahnle would even be coming back this year.
But he’s looked really good in limited time, and had that very impressive clean 10th inning that Vassegh was referring to that clinched win No. 107 for the Dodgers.
I still think it’ll be more matchup-based, but it could be nice to know the Dodgers have a shutdown guy they trust in any situation.
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