LOS ANGELES -- Although it's been an up-and-down year for the Dodgers' bullpen, closer Kenley Jansen has been a steady presence that the team relies upon consistently.
That was never more evident than in Saturday's Game 2 of the National League Division Series against the Cardinals. After the Dodgers took a 3-2 lead in the eighth inning on a solo shot by Matt Kemp, Jansen strolled in from the bullpen to get his most important save of the season. He retired St. Louis in order, striking out the last two batters.
"It's really nice to have a guy out there that you think is going to -- it's really, it's what we try to do every day, you're trying to get the ball to him," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Confident that he can get anybody. When he's on, his stuff is, it seems like he can overpower a lot of different guys."
Picking up the third save in his postseason career and the first this postseason, Jansen admitted he was pretty fired up.
"I gave some extra gas at the end. I definitely reached back for something more and located well," Jansen said. "It doesn't matter how hard you throw if you don't locate well."
During the regular season, Jansen tied for third in the NL with 44 saves and had a success rate of 89.8 percent in save opportunities. He also ranked second among NL relievers with 101 strikeouts in 65 1/3 innings.
"So, it's good to have a guy at the end that you can get to and you feel like you've kind of got where you want to be," Mattingly said. "He's kind of the anchor out there."
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.