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Dodgers News: ESPN Praises a Resurgent Kenley Jansen

Can this fall rewrite the narrative?

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 31: Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium on May 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

After consecutive dominant outings, Kenley Jansen proclaimed that “something clicked” for him and his cutter. We covered his outing against the Mets on Sunday that was punctuated with a 3 pitch K of NY rookie star — and Home Run Derby champ — Pete Alonso…

No doubt the big man is feeling himself and his cutter again after touching 96 with signature movement. But beyond just Kenley, ESPN play-by-play man Matt Vasgersian was also feeling the Dodgers’ closer.

Let me tell you — if that’s the Kenley Jansen the Dodgers see in October, it’s going to be a different story this fall.

All of Los Angeles still feels the sting of losing the 2017 World Series to the Houston Astros, and the numbness of having watched the Boston Red Sox crowned champions at Dodger Stadium in 2018.

With Vasgersian alluding to “a different story this fall,” he’s digging up skeletons of Octobers past. Dodger fans still witness nightmares of a game-tying home run off the bat of Martin Gonzalez in World Series game 2 in 2017. He also earned the loss in the heartbreaking (for LA fans) game 5 slug fest that saw 25 total runners score over 10 innings between the two teams.

2018 offered up similar results with 2 more blown saves in 3 WS games.

Now, with a 1.80 ERA over 5 appearances this month, September is lining up to be Jansen’s finest month in 2019. Vasgersian hit the nail on the head when he said that this Kenley Jansen could lead to a different story this fall.

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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