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Dodgers News: Mechanical Changes Bring Kenley Jansen Success

Dodgers’ closer credits video for resurgence.

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MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - APRIL 21: Austin Barnes #15 and Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after beating the Milwaukee Brewers 6-5 at Miller Park on April 21, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen spoke with David Vassegh of AM 570’s “Dodgers Talk” yesterday and highlighted how a close look at his mechanics has helped him turn around a slow start to the season.

Jansen, who’s playing out the third year of a five-year contract he signed before the 2017 season, has endured criticism over the past two years for what has appeared to be a noticeable drop in performance.

His velocity went down and his cutter appeared to stop cutting. On top of that, the rest of the Dodgers bullpen has severely struggled and essentially eliminated any patience Dodgers’ fans might have.

However, since giving up a walk-off grand slam to the San Diego Padres back on May 5, Jansen has quietly performed up to the level that many expect of him.

Since May 5, he’s pitched 9.1 scoreless innings in nine appearances and has lowered his ERA from a staggering 4.67 to 3.07. In that span of time, he’s also only given up four hits in each of his appearances combined.

When asked what’s motivated him to watch film of his pitching and fix any flaws in his mechanics, Jansen mentioned his drive to bring a championship back to LA.

I don’t need to peak in March. I need to peak in October and November. We’ve won this division so much already, it’s time to bring a championship back to LA. That’s where my focus is.

While the Dodgers bullpen has continued to struggle, Jansen’s noticeable improvements have been the silver lining so far.

If he can continue producing at the level he’s displayed since May 5, the Dodgers will have one less thing to worry about come October.

Written by Kellan Grant

I’m currently a junior at Pomona College in Claremont, CA, and I have a passion for sports journalism. I grew up in the LA area and am a diehard fan of the Dodgers, Lakers, Rams, UCLA, Kings. My favorite Dodgers memory was watching Kershaw tear up after the team won the 2017 NLCS and advanced to the World Series for the first time in his career. After college, I plan on either pursuing a career as a sports journalist or working in sports law.

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