Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen has appeared in seven games this season, earning one save, blowing one save and being charged with one loss. The hard-throwing right-hander has been far from his dominant self that manager Don Mattingly so heavily relied on last season. Jansen recorded his lone save on the season in the Dodgers’ first game of 2014 and has struggled in multiple outings since.
Most recently, Jansen allowed the Detroit Tigers to tie the game in the ninth inning on Tuesday and surrendered a go-ahead home run in the 10th inning the following night after the Dodgers scored three runs in the ninth to send the game to extra innings. Victor Martinez was the Tiger that delivered the crushing hits off Jansen. After the loss on Wednesday, Mattingly said he isn’t concerned with his closer’s recent mishaps and believes the situation will be fine moving forward, citing Jansen’s health and “stuff” as two reasons for optimism.
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