On Friday night, Kenley Jansen blew a big one for the Los Angeles Dodgers. While working on a new delivery, he blew a 2-0 lead to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Already on shaky ground, Jansen has little margin for error amongst the fan base in terms of confidence.
However, that same sentiment does not reside within manager Dave Roberts’ thoughts at the current time. Bill Plunkett at the OC Register writes about the infamous ‘vote of confidence’ given by Roberts in regards to Jansen.
#Dodgers notes: Dave Roberts on Kenley Jansen: "He’s a guy that I know for us to win 11 games in October, we need him. I know he’ll get there. So we’re going to continue to run him out there. He’s done it many times over."https://t.co/V86MxXksXa
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) August 11, 2019
First and foremost, Roberts says that not only is he not concerned; but the Dodgers need Jansen to win a title.
“Do I have any concerns? No,” Roberts said. “He’s a guy that I know for us to win 11 games in October, we need him. I know he’ll get there. So we’re going to continue to run him out there. He’s done it many times over. He had a good ‘pen today and if the situation arises tonight he’ll be back out there.”
Without question, the Dodgers are trying to help Jansen re-invent himself to have stability and success. Of course, this is why he’s tinkering with a new delivery on the fly.
That said, Roberts has full confidence that Jansen is going to find his way through this latest chapter of angst.
“Certainly throughout the early part of his career, he just overpowered the league and there was some unfamiliarity there. Now you’ve got to continue to evolve,” Roberts said. “It’s tough in the sense of when you’ve been a one-pitch pitcher you’re entire career and you’re still trying to evolve and have comfort in sequencing and keeping hitters honest. But Kenley has done it, he can handle it and he’s going to be just fine.”
In the months to come – we will learn if the manager’s instinct was correct on his closer. Still, one thing remains certain in this situation. The organization, and the man paid to run the team on the field; are staying committed in full confidence to Jansen.
For better or for worse.