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Dodgers: Kenley Jansen Celebrates Birthday

The big man turns the big 3-2.

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 26: Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates after a 4-2 victory against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on July 26, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Kenley Jansen seems to have had quite the birthday just a few days before the start of the Dodgers’ 2019 postseason.

The Dodgers’ closer, who recently recorded his 300th save with the team, turned 32 on Monday.

He also received a happy birthday wish from Todd Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams.

Another great photo came from the legendary team photographer Jon Soo Hoo who gave us this gem.

Jansen Important for Dodgers in Playoffs

Jansen has been rather inconsistent, and at times completely unreliable, the past two seasons, but the Dodgers will likely need him at his best if they’re to capture the 2019 World Series title.

The unfortunate news is that he finished this regular season with his highest ERA ever at 3.71 and eight blown saves.

Time and time again, however, team manager Dave Roberts has stuck by his side as he’s struggled, especially over the last month.

Jansen did pitch three scoreless innings over the last week of the season, though. Dodgers fans can only hope he carries that type of momentum into October.

Hopefully his birthday also gave him an opportunity to relax before he enters what is sure to be a stressful postseason for the Dodgers.

Written by Kellan Grant

I’m currently a junior at Pomona College in Claremont, CA, and I have a passion for sports journalism. I grew up in the LA area and am a diehard fan of the Dodgers, Lakers, Rams, UCLA, Kings. My favorite Dodgers memory was watching Kershaw tear up after the team won the 2017 NLCS and advanced to the World Series for the first time in his career. After college, I plan on either pursuing a career as a sports journalist or working in sports law.

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