Kenley Jansen seems to have had quite the birthday just a few days before the start of the Dodgers’ 2019 postseason.
Pro tip: have a bday on an off day ? lol thanks everyone for the nice messages. I am so grateful for the love. ?? pic.twitter.com/aEv1nheeXD
— Kenley Jansen (@kenleyjansen74) September 30, 2019
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.
— Todd Gurley II (@TG3II) September 30, 2019
Another great photo came from the legendary team photographer Jon Soo Hoo who gave us this gem.
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The SooHoo”Dodgers”Scrapbook “Happy Birthday Kenley” 9/30/19-My first Spring Training headshot of @kenleyjansen74 taken in March 2006 at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida. Happy birthday my friend. ?: @jon.soohoo @dodgers #dodgertown @jackierobinsontrainingcomplex #manhattanbchpost #thesoohoododgersscrapbook
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.