Wednesday was supposed to be a really fun night for Dodgers fans. And for the better part of the game, it was great. Fans showed up to Chavez Ravine to watch Max Scherzer make his debut and they were rewarded with a huge performance.
Scherzer came out and tossed 7 innings of strong baseball and allowed just 2 earned runs. Mookie Betts blasted 2 homeruns and at one point, the Dodgers had a lead of 6 runs. But the Astros slowly crept back into it against the Dodgers bullpen and made it too close for comfort in the 9th.
That’s when Kenley Jansen entered the game with a 4-run lead. Jansen gave up a leadoff single to Aledmys Diaz and followed that by giving up a 2-run shot to Kyle Tucker. Dodgers fans let out a collective deep groan fearing that they were about to witness another meltdown in the 9th inning.
Dave Roberts wasn’t convinced that it was a terrible outing.
It’s easy to look at the base hit and the HR but I think that the 22 pitch exercise what he did was pretty good. Like I’ve said all along, we need him to be good to be these best version of our ballclub.
To his credit, Kenley battled back and struck out the next 3 Houston batters to get out of it. The Dodgers ultimately won the game, but it’s difficult to ignore his struggles in the second half of the season.
Jansen has now been charged with 10 earned runs since returning from the All-Star break. He has allowed just 2 homeruns over that span, but he has also walked 6 and give up 10 hits. The Dodgers need him to be good to be successful in October. And right now, he’s just not good.
That can change.