Manager Dave Roberts is keeping faith in closer Kenley Jansen, which is to be expected considering Jansen’s tenure. Regardless, Jansen is working on his delivery and Dave Roberts was looking on at his bullpen session today, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
Dave Roberts said he will continue to “run (Kenley Jansen) out there.” Roberts watched Jansen throw a bullpen session today, working on his delivery.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) August 10, 2019
It is good to see Jansen take at least some ownership of his struggles, evident by his willingness to work on the repeatability of his delivery. After being so used to the “Who cares?” attitude of Jansen when he falters, this is somewhat of a step in the right direction.
Expect Jansen to be down for at least Saturday’s game and possibly Sunday’s as well.
Over the last two months, Jansen has posted a brutal 4.74 ERA across 19 innings of work. He has also surrendered an alarming three home runs, including the one Diamondbacks’ Carson Kelly slugged on Friday night to hand Jansen a blown save. Since the All-Star Break, Jansen’s earned run average jumps to an awful 6.75 ERA across eight innings of work that have also seen him allow ten hits and four walks.
Jansen, 31, has declined over the past two seasons and it has been well-documented. Jansen holds a 3.83 ERA on the season and his strikeout rate sits at 32.3%, the second-lowest mark of his career.