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Los Angeles Dodgers: 5 Reasons It's Time for Javy Guerra to Step Aside

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Los Angeles Dodgers: 5 Reasons It's Time for Javy Guerra to Step Aside
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It seemed as if the Los Angeles Dodgers had found their closer in Javy Guerra until he blew one, then another and then almost lost his head at the same time, thus opening the door for upstart Josh Lindblom or setup man Kenley Jansen to take the vaunted ninth-inning spot.

Guerra is really no slouch, having saved seven of nine this year and coming off a stellar 2011 when he saved 21 of 23. He earned the closing spot, yet many are already calling for his "head." (For those who missed it, he almost got decapitated in a game against the Braves when a Brian McCann liner hit him in the jaw.)

Jansen, meanwhile, is one mean setup man. All he seems to do is strike out guys and has only given up two earned runs in 11 appearances.

Jansen has already had some closing chores and looks like the heir apparent.

But the Dodgers also have a true closer in the bullpen named Josh Lindblom and a bunch of prospects on their way up to the bigs.

Did Don Mattingly move too fast, or is it time for Guerra to take a seat?

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