LOS ANGELES -- Closer Kenley Jansen, perfect in his one inning of relief, defended the Dodgers besieged bullpen, which has been anything but perfect in the National League Division Series.
"I take it really personally," Jansen said of criticism. "So I think those other guys take it really personal, too. Like I say, we're pretty good. Don't mean right now, how the whole year has been. And just got to go out. Today is another day. We've got another chance. It's not over yet, we've just got to go out there and battle and try to help this team win. This team will go so far if those eight guys in the 'pen do what we're supposed to do, we can pull this."
Three games into the series, three relievers (Pedro Baez, J.P. Howell and Scott Elbert) had given up home runs to the Cardinals.
"Everybody [is] talking about trying to get to [our] bullpen now," Jansen said. "My confidence is I believe in all those guys. We've been talking about it, too. And I think we just got to go out there and compete, don't worry about what happened in the past and just know what we're capable of doing and compete."
Jansen, who has been used in four-out save situations four times this year, successfully converting three of them, said he's ready for a two-inning save if needed.
"I believe in all those guys can come out there and do the job in eighth," he said. "But if they want to be there, I pulled two innings before. I don't have no problem with that."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.