After making a three-run comeback to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth against the Tigers on Wednesday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers blew their shot at a win in the tenth inning after closer Kenley Jansen gave up a home run to Victor Martinez. Jansen also gave up an RBI single to Martinez in the previous game which allowed the Tigers to tie the game up in the ninth inning.
The past two games have been uncharacteristic of the closer to say the least, and the organization has to wonder if these two consecutive blunders are going to translate into more mistakes from Jansen in the future.
According to Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times, Dodger manager Don Mattingly does not seem to be all too concerned about the closer’s past two games:
No real concerns said Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly. Kenley’s stuff is good. It’s coming out good. He’s healthy. I think we’re going to be OK.
After being named the team’s closer last June, the 26-year-old right-hander had 26 saves in 29 opportunities. Over the course of the entire season, he logged a 1.88 ERA in 76.2 innings pitched. His performances last year solidified his position as the team’s closer, and the organization had a newfound confidence in Jansen after a successful 2013. Going into this season, the Dodgers felt that they had little reason to worry.
With Jansen falling victim to Victor Martinez for two consecutive games, fans may be concerned although the Dodger manager does not seem as worried. As expected, the Dodger closer was frustrated after Wednesday’s game, but he recognizes that every player has their rough times and that he is ready to put the two-game series against the Tigers behind him.
He looks forward to the upcoming weekend series in Arizona to reassure the team that his last two performances do not define him as a closer.
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