Treinen worked around a leadoff single and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning Sunday to pick up a save in the Dodgers' 4-2 win over the Rays in Game 5 of the World Series. Manager Dave Roberts admitted prior to Game 5 that he wasn't certain if the struggling Kenley Jansen would remain Los Angeles' closer, so it wasn't too surprising to see Treinen tabbed for the save situation. After Jansen blew a save chance at night earlier, Treinen turned in a mostly stress-free frame, needing only 12 pitches to put away the Rays. Jansen's long track record as one of the game's top relievers may still make him the favorite to open 2021 as the Dodgers' closer, but his poor form of late likely makes Treinen the team's preferred option for saves for the remainder of the series.
Treinen picked up the hold against San Diego on Tuesday, retiring both batters he faced, including one by strikeout. Caleb Ferguson got the call to serve as the eighth-inning bridge to closer Kenley Jansen, but Treinen was summoned after Ferguson was forced to leave with an elbow injury. Treinen had little problem retiring both Padres he faced, striking out Greg Garcia on three pitches and inducing Trent Grisham to ground out on his first offering. Treinen has been a key component of the Dodgers' bullpen this season, posting a 2.42 ERA and 1.07 WHIP and notching eight holds over 22.1 innings.
Treinen earned the save against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday after tossing a scoreless ninth inning. Treinen came into the 10th inning with the Dodgers up 6-4 and retired the side to pick up his first save of the year. The 32-year-old tallied 16 saves with the A's a season ago and has proven himself to be solid under pressure. While Kenley Jansen will remain the closer in Los Angeles for now, it's nice to know Treinen can get the job done. Overall this year, he's pieced together a 2.25 ERA and 1.00 WHIP across 20 appearances.
Treinen (3-2) took the loss against Colorado on Saturday, allowing three runs on three hits and notching a strikeout for the only out he recorded. Treinen had been brilliant in his first season with the Dodgers until Saturday, so the rough outing may just be a bump in the road. The three earned runs allowed by the setup man Saturday were more than he had previously yielded during the entire campaign, and he still holds a 2.55 ERA even after the stumble. Treinen should continue to function in a high-leverage role down the stretch.
Treinen was credited with a hold Thursday against Arizona, pitching a scoreless inning and allowing one hit while also hitting a batter. Treinen came on in the eighth inning with the Dodgers holding a three-run lead and found himself in immediate trouble, putting the first two runners on base via a single and hit batsman. However, the right-hander recovered by setting the next three hitters down in order to escape unscathed. Treinen is tied for fourth in the majors with seven holds this season and has yielded only two earned runs over 17.1 innings.
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