Contrary to what some Dodgers fans may lead you to believe, Kenley Jansen has had far more ups than downs this season.
Jansen’s resurgent first half, where he posted a 1.24 ERA to go along with 21 saves, should have earned him his fourth All-Star Game appearance. Instead, he was snubbed and following the break the 3-time All-Star struggled, failing to convert three straight saves including two in two consecutive nights to the Giants that led to him getting booed off the mound by the Dodger Stadium crowd. Since then, Kenley has bounced back nicely, having slammed the door shut 11-straight times while posting a 1.29 ERA.
We discuss the adjustments Jansen has made, his evolving pitch mix, and if he’s earned back the trust of Dodgers Nation. Plus, how will the Dodgers use Kenley in the postseason?
Kenley Jansen by the Numbers
- 2-4 W/L, 2.39 ERA, 60 games, 60.1 innings, 32 saves in 37 opportunities, 70 strikeouts, 34 walks
- 35-25 W/L, 2.39 ERA, 692 games, 696.1 innings, 344 saves in 389 opportunities, 88.4 save%, 1,006 strikeouts, 202 walks.
Italics denotes Dodgers franchise leader
The next big question with the big man will undoubtedly be should LA re-sign him in the offseason? It seems that October will be the judge of that.
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