It was the second Wednesday of the season. A blip, really. But there is no grace period for this team, not when the expectations are high and the fan base is agitated.
So, barely one week into a season that lasts 26 weeks, the manager demanded five outs from his closer.
"I said, 'You know what? We've got to win this game today,'" the manager said. "We've got to show people we mean business."
On Wednesday, the Dodgers deployed closer Kenley Jansen for five outs, the first five-out save of his career. But the manager talking was Terry Collins of the New York Mets, who got five outs from Jeurys Familia on the same night.
Dave Roberts, the...