In case you haven’t heard, Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen blew a save on Wednesday. The Dodgers held a 3-2 lead against the Athletics on Wednesday. Jansen could not close the deal.
Jansen yielded a single, a walk, and two sacrifice flies to allow the A’s to tie the game 3-3. The Dodgers lost in extra innings 4-3.
The three time All-Star has struggled the last several years in sealing victories. Jansen posted a sterling ERA of 2.05 2014-17 and an ERA+ of 188. Jansen was the dominant closer in the MLB those years.
Since then, Jansen owns a 3.32 ERA and a 122 ERA+. His lethal cutter has continued to lose velocity.
Kenley Jansen, Insane 95mph Cutter Movement (slow). LOL. pic.twitter.com/whCkVqRCn2
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) October 10, 2017
Jansen Average Cutter Velocity (MPH)
- 2014: 94.4
- 2015: 92.9
- 2016: 94.2
- 2017: 93.4
- 2018: 92.3
- 2019: 91.9
- 2020: 90.9
- 2021: 91.0
Dodgers reliever Corey Knebel slammed the door shut in Friday’s win against the Washington Nationals. Knebel struck out the side to close out the 1-0 victory for the Dodgers.
However, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts wouldn’t commit to a new designated closer despite Knebel’s recent success.
“I think we’re just in a really good spot. Whether it’s Victor in a certain run, Corey, or Blake, I feel good about any one of those guys outside of Kenley.”
The reporter, Bill Plunkett, continued to press Roberts on Jansen. Plunkett asked if Kenley’s back to back appearances this week affected Roberts’s decision to pitch Knebel in a save situation.
“I just think it’s just appreciating what we went through last year and understanding that we got to play through October and take care of all of our guys.”
Roberts clearly respects what Jansen has done for the Dodgers franchise. Jansen is the Dodgers all-time saves leader.
Regardless, it’s inarguable that Kenley is not as effective as he used to be.