Dodgers Bounce Back to Beat the Cheats, Jansen Rebounds, Padres Coming Up

The Dodgers beat the Astros for the third time in four tries this season to take the season series. Eight Dodger relievers combined to give up just 1 run on four hits as LA’s bullpen rebounded from Kenley Jansen’s implosion the night before. The LA offense erupted for 8 runs thanks in large part to home runs from A.J. Pollock, Enrique Hernandez, Mookie Betts, and Chris Taylor.

We break down all of the action from an 8-1 win over the Astros, the big night for the bullpen, look ahead to the showdown in San Diego, and more! Plus, all of your thoughts, comments, and questions about your Boys in Blue.



So now the Dodgers head to San Diego for a series Dave Roberts called the “biggest of the year.” The show Pads are right on our tails in the standing and looking to put their little brother syndrome to good use for once. What are your predictions for the series? Leave them in the comments below!

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Doug McKain

Doug McKain is a lifelong Dodger fan and hosts Dodgers Nation’s “DNpostgame” show online. He also hosts Dodgers DougOut and the LA Sports Report on YouTube. DMAC is also a rabid Lakers fan, and lover of all Los Angeles sports.


  1. Nothing has changed. Jansen is still not the guy to close in the postseason. We have a couple weeks to determine who should be the postseason closer, and it doesn’t have to be one annointed closer. Let performance decide it. There are multiple guys in the bullpen better suited to close in the postseason. From the 3 or 4 starter position, Urias or Gonsolin would also be better suited to close than Jansen. You cannot afford to throw away games in the postseason, especially in the early short series format. The love affair between Roberts and Jansen must be superceded by the all out pursuit of a championship. I understand that Roberts is loyal to his players, but the best way to show it is bring home a championship for all of them.

  2. Tim, that’s true for sure. But what gets me is how Roberts still doesn’t put the best lineup out for tonight’s game with Padres. Gues who is sitting after his good offensive showing interest past week or so….Smith is sitting tonight in favor of Barnes and I just can’t believe it!.

  3. In a real160+ season game, any team can have a string of off games, I mean playing terribly for a long while before getting it together again. Maybe the Dodgers are in that kind of rut. With all the players having bad days here and there it gets frustrating for a manager and team as a whole. Everyone has to put their heads together with the Manager and coaches and put together a winning combination, bring out their best ideas, bring out their best game, and put it to all the other teams. The Dodgers are and can be better than this. Use the small ball, use the long ball, mix it up, trick it up. Just Do it!

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