The Los Angeles Dodgers looked elsewhere during the World Series as Kenley Jansen proved unreliable, but it appears he'll get a chance to close games once again.
"I believe we're at our best if Kenley is closing for us," Dave Roberts said Thursday. "But with that said, we have a lot of great, viable options to finish a game. So right now, that's kind of where it's at. And Kenley looks fantastic. As I sit here right now, I expect him to close that first game out of the season."
Jansen's 14 regular-season blown saves over the past three years are one short of the Major League lead. Julio Urias, who earned the save in L.A.'s championship clincher last fall, is expected to be in the starting rotation.
Jansen, 33, allowed 11 runs (nine earned) in 24 1/3 innings last year, but eight of those runs came in back-to-back appearances near the middle of September.