There haven’t been too many opportunities to acquire a save because the Dodgers haven’t been playing well lately. However, Kenley Jansen was able to record a four-out save Thursday and it felt good to see the big man back on the mound.
It’s always somewhat of a relief whenever he’s involved at the end of games, and humbling to hear what he has to say afterwards. He’s truly one of the leaders in the clubhouse, and he had these things to say after the team’s win in Philly:
Kenley Jansen on possibly clinching in LA Fri:"That's a good birthday present for him but you know what he really wants is that championship
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) September 21, 2017
Friday is turning out to be a more important day than usual.
The Dodgers have a chance to finally clinch the NL West division title tonight against the San Francisco Giants. LA will be coming back home to Chavez Ravine for the first time in three series, and Rich Hill will be taking the mound on Tommy Lasorda’s birthday.
Maybe this day of celebration for the legend is exactly what the Dodgers need to be loose, have fun, and stimulate extra motivation in order to handle business. Look for them to not only win for Lasorda tonight, but possibly in the long run as well.
Puig stole Vassegh's mic.
Puig: "How did you feel today?"
Jansen: "I thought we were going to lose, because you were batting 4th."
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) September 21, 2017
Corey Seager was out of the lineup Thursday after taking a foul ball off of his ankle, so Dave Roberts moved Yasiel Puig up to the No. 4 spot in the order. Puig had a good game, but Jansen had some curiosity about the decision after the game. Obviously that’s a joke-but it’s good to see that the sky isn’t falling in the clubhouse.
Sometimes one has to fall, in order to get back up. The Dodgers can easily turn their misfortunes around, especially by using all the external pressure and criticism to their advantage. If it’s truly their year, then they’ll need to stick together and embrace the “us against the world” mentality.
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