WASHINGTON – Former Washington reliever Blake Treinen was part of a Dodgers’ team that had the best record in the majors this season.
But how is the psyche of the right-hander going into the playoffs?
The native of Kansas gave up two runs – including a homer – and was tagged with the loss in one inning of work against playoff-bound Oakland last week.
Treinen will be one of several one-time Washington players in the National League postseason, which begins Wednesday with eight teams.
At home on Sept. 23, Treinen allowed a homer to Ramon Laureano of Oakland in a 6-4 loss by the Dodgers.
“It just looked like the pitch was in, off (the plate), and sometimes you gotta give credit to the hitter,” manager Dave Roberts told reporters. “I thought Blake threw the ball well. Obviously the result, I know he doesn’t feel great, but my confidence hasn’t wavered.”
“I still think there’s a lot of soft contact in there,” Roberts added. “So for me, we’re gonna keep running him out there and I believe he’s going to continue putting up zeroes.”
Treinen bounced back and threw a scoreless inning the next day and then had a hitless and scoreless inning in his final-regular season appearance on Saturday. He is 3-3 with a 3.86 ERA in 27 games with one save for the Dodgers.
Other Dodgers with ties to the DMV include University of Virginia product Chris Taylor, an infielder/outfielder who hit .270 and drove in 32 runs; and lefty reliever Adam Kolarek (3-0, 0.95 in 20 games), the former University of Maryland star who had some good battles with Juan Soto in the postseason last year.
Josh Sborz, another former Cavalier from McLean High in Northern Virginia, pitched in four games this year for the Dodgers. He ended the season at the alternate site for the Dodgers.
Treinen was part of the deal in July 2017 that brought Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson from Oakland, with Treinen, Jesús Luzardo, a young pitcher, going to the A’s. The Dodgers signed Treinen as a free agent before this season.
Other NL series that begin Wednesday: National League East champ and No. 2 seed Atlanta hosts No. 7 Cincinnati; the No. 3 seed Chicago Cubs entertain No. 6 Miami; and the No. 4 seed San Diego Padres host No. 5 St. Louis.
The Marlins’ bullpen includes closer Brandon Kintzler (12 saves, 2.22), who pitched for the Nationals in 2017-18; and Brad Boxberger (3.00, 23 games), who was in the minors with Washington for eight games last season at Double-A Harrisburg.
When Boxberger got in trouble on Thursday, Kintzler came in and recorded a six-out save for the Marlins over the Braves.
“Obviously, I don’t like doing that,” manager Don Mattingly told reporters.
“It was a game that we felt that we had a good chance to win. We wanted to be able to use our back-end guys. It obviously was a big win for us.”
Brian Goodwin, a former outfielder for Washington drafted by the Nationals, is now with the Reds and hit .215 with six homers during regular-season play.
Craig Stammen, drafted by the Nationals out of the University of Dayton in 2005, has struggled in the San Diego bullpen this season. He had a 5.53 ERA in 24 games with a record of 4-2.
Matt Wieters (.200) is the backup catcher for the Cardinals. His average in the postseason is .111 in 45 at-bats. He played for the Nationals in 2017 and 2018.
Max Schrock, drafted by Washington out of South Carolina in 2015, had 17 at-bats for St. Louis this year. Oakland traded lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski and cash to Washington for Schrock in August 2016.