We wish this was a “beating a dead horse” situation, but the horse keeps getting back up. And by horse, I mean struggles with Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen.
The 31 year-old has struggled with bad luck and big hits in bad situations for what seems like all season long. Now, after blowing 3 saves in August alone (MLB says it should be 4), the Jansen rhetoric has reached a fever pitch.
First, let’s look back at key moments from the big man’s 2019 season…
What is the Dodgers Backup Plan if Kenley Jansen Never Returns to His Pre-2018 Form?
Dodgers: Examining Kenley Jansen’s Struggles
Dodgers and Kenley Jansen Appear Divided over Pitch Selection
Dodgers: Should Eric Gagne’s Career Make Us Worry About Kenley Jansen?
Dodgers News: Mechanical Changes Bring Kenley Jansen Success
Dodgers: Kenley Jansen Is Still Elite, But He Needs To Be Rested
Dodgers News: Kenley Jansen Provides an Update on Status of Ankle Injury
Dodgers Dave Roberts: Wheels Came Off with Kenley Jansen in Win Over Nationals
Dodgers: Kenley Jansen Remains Calm Despite Fans’ Increasing Worry
Dodgers: Kenley Jansen is Looking For More Work
Dodgers: Kenley Jansen Trying to Embrace His New Role
Dodgers: Dave Roberts Remains Committed to Kenley Jansen
Dodgers: Kenley Jansen Ties Career High in Blown Saves
The intentional balk brought us all a laugh, but hid the underlying issue of Kenley’s mental block with runners on base.
Dodgers News: Kenley Jansen Balks On Purpose
Of course, Jansen has been outspoken about trying to improve this season. In fact, he even started that talk ahead of spring training.
Dodgers: Kenley Jansen is Reportedly Infatuated with Spin Rate
Dodgers: Kenley Jansen Credits Facebook Video With Resurgence
Dodgers: Kenley Jansen Believes Bullpen Will Improve, With or Without Trades
Dodgers: Kenley Jansen Working on Delivery After Recent Struggles
Dodgers Kenley Jansen Admits to Issues that Get Him in Trouble to ESPN
However, with struggles comes questions… and often times he’s been unfortunately (but understandably) grumpy about the process.
Dodgers: Kenley Jansen Comments On Possibility of Craig Kimbrel Joining Bullpen
Dodgers: Kenley Jansen Comments On All-Star Snub
As we sit here on August 29th, the simple fact is that Kenley Jansen is not right. However, this team needs Kenley to get right — he needs it for himself too. In the interim, perhaps it’s time that the Dodgers look at another arm in save situations while KJ works in lower leverage to salvage his confidence.
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