Kenley Jansen is ridiculous, with his 1.34 ERA, 14.4 strikeouts per nine and 40 saves in 41 chances. Last October, he proved himself willing and able to work more than one inning when it matters most, doing so in four of his seven postseason appearances. While skipper Dave Roberts’ ideal scenario would be to use only two pitchers on a given night—the starter and Jansen—it won’t go that way most of the time, and it could come down to the Tonys—midseason acquisitions Tony Watson and Tony Cingrani, both southpaws—to bridge the gap.
Neither made a particularly good impression after being brought over at the deadline from the Pirates and Reds, respectively—both had August ERAs near 5.00—but they were quietly lights out in September, allowing a combined two earned runs in 18.1 innings. Of course, with the Dodgers’ NL West title assured since they arrived, none of those outings were particularly pressurized. Now they will be.