Vicente Padilla is the latest Dodgers reliever to hit the disabled list with a forearm injury. So who takes over? It looks like it will be a committee with Matt Guerrier and Kenley Jansen leading the way. Mike MacDougal might even get some saves chances, too.
Guerrier has been good so far and picked up a save Tuesday when Padilla was unavailable. He did pitch the eighth inning with the Dodgers trailing last night. He has a 3.09 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and a 19/10 K/BB ratio in 23 1/3 innings.
Jansen has a great arm and misses a lot of bats. He had the chance to close last season in the second half, but that was under Joe Torre. Jansen’s problem has been wildness. He is prone to throwing the ball out of the strike zone and issuing walks. In 17 1/3 innings, he has allowed 15 hits, walked 11 and struck out 29.
Since being called from Triple-A he has appeared in six games and performed better, including one save. In four innings, he has allowed two hits, no runs, walked three, and struck out seven.
I think Guerrier and Jansen will both get chances to close, so they both should be owned. If I am picking one, I’d go Jansen.