Dodgers Postseason: Julio Urías Thought it was Strange Closing NLCS Over Kenley Jansen
The Dodgers took Game 7 of the NLCS, and there were plenty of big moments to talk about after. One of those moments was Kenley Jansen NOT coming in to lock down the save. To be fair, Jansen had already pitched on back-to-back days.
Julio was put into Game 7 in the 7th inning after the Dodgers had run through 4 other pitchers. Not only had they run through 4 pitchers, but they had also gone through 2 starters in Tony Gonsolin and Dustin May. Julio came in and completely shut the Braves down over the next 2 innings, not allowing a single baserunner. But when Doc gave him the go-ahead to go out for the 9th inning, Urias admitted he was a little surprised.
I would be lying if I didn’t say it was a bit strange to me especially knowing that Kenley was out there and recognizing the way that he works. He’s a guy that really helps us out, he sets an example and if I’m able to pitch the 9th inning it’s because he’s shown us how to do it…the moment they told me to go out in the 9th inning I focused on getting those 3 outs.
As it turns out, it was a good move by the Dodgers and Dave Roberts. Julio induced two groundball outs before getting Austin Riley to fly out to center to end the game and the series. All of that was done while Kenley Jansen stayed loose in the bullpen.
Dave Roberts talked about the decision after the game, and it didn’t seem to be a decision based on Kenley’s performance. Instead, Roberts liked how Urías was throwing and the matchups that he would be getting the 9th. But just in case, the Dodgers closer was ready.
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Absolutely love the respect that Urias gives Jansen in this quote, and strange or not, Urias was the pitcher we needed to end that 9th inning. Keeping Urias in the game proved to be one of the best postseason decisions.
Now on to the World Series Game 1 tonight! GO DODGERS!!!