August 5, 2013 |
It's not as if Kenley Jansen has never done this closing business before. It's not as if he hasn't done it very well. He saved 25 games last season. Yet even if his cutter is a couple of ticks slower than when he first burst upon the scene, Jansen has never seemed more dominant that he is right now. Jansen is on a dream roll, attacking hitters and pitching with growing confidence. He has closed his last 10 consecutive save opportunities and almost looked better with each one. He struck out the side Sunday to earn his 17th save of the season.
June 11, 2013 |
A night's rest apparently worked better than 12 minutes after Monday's game to clarify things for Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly. By Tuesday afternoon, he could no longer fight the logic and the numbers and his own eyes, announcing that Brandon League had lost the closer's role to Kenley Jansen. Monday night, League blew a two-run lead in the ninth inning against the first-place Diamondbacks, giving up four runs in a difficult 5-4 loss that finally pushed Mattingly into action.
November 19, 2013 |
KENLEY JANSEN , 26, closer Final 2013 stats: 4-3, 28 saves in 32 opportunities, 1.88 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 13.0 strikeouts per inning pitched and a .177 opponents batting average. Contract status: First year he's arbitration eligible. The good: After officially being named the closer on June 11, he went 3-0 with 26 saves in 29 opportunities and a 1.41 ERA. Just a little bit good. If it seemed like he wasn't striking out as many batters as in the past, that's only in comparison to his record setting 2011 season (16.1 per nine)
September 22, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - Kenley Jansen has saved a career-high 27 games this season and is tied with Cincinnati's Aroldis Chapman for the strikeout lead among National League relievers with 107 in 72 appearances. Just imagine how good the right-hander would be if he were pitching with his good arm. Jansen is a natural lefty. In fact, pitching is the only thing he does with his right hand. And he would still be throwing left-handed if not for his right-handed brothers. "When I was a kid, I used to use a right-handed glove and I'd just put it on the other hand," says Jansen, who grew up in Curacao.
July 29, 2011 |
Kenley Jansen was healthy enough on Friday to throw a bullpen session but still landed on the disabled list. Jansen, who was hospitalized earlier in the week because of an irregular heartbeat, is on blood-thinning medication to prevent a clot or stroke. If struck by a baseball, Jansen could bleed excessively. The hard-throwing reliever will be on the medication for three weeks, after which he should be able to return to competition. Trainer Stan Conte called the measure precautionary, saying it was very unlikely Jansen would have suffered a clot.
August 29, 2012 |
Are you ready for the Dodgers' latest scare? Kenley Jansen was held out of the Dodgers last two games on Tuesday and Wednesday because of his heart condition. Jansen spent a month on the disabled list last season with an irregular heartbeat . He had to take blood thinners to get his condition under control and, with fear of possibly hemorrhaging, was not allowed to play. If it's the same situation now, Jansen would probably be lost for the rest of the season. Jansen would not address his condition with reporters after the Dodgers' 10-8 victory in Denver, and did not give the training staff permission to discuss it. The only information the team did release was that his heart problem was related to the one he experienced last season.
June 14, 2012 |
You want perfection. Want him to strike out every batter, knock at 100 mph with every pitch, to never give up a single hit. Otherwise, Kenley Jansen can be whomever he wants. Except, of course, much like everyone else in the history of baseball, Jansen is not perfect. He makes mistakes, and sometimes they prove very costly. So in two of the Dodgers' last three games, he walks off the losing pitcher. Enters the ninth in a tie game and gives up the winning hit. And you're thinking, what?
May 15, 2013 |
Perhaps you noticed it was Kenley Jansen, and not the struggling Brandon League, who came in to get the final out and the save Tuesday against the Nationals. Which naturally indicated that Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly has decided to change closers again. Unless it doesn't, because if you simply listen to Mattingly, you could think anything. The simple question was, is Jansen now the closer? “We'll see,” Mattingly said. “I don't know if I really have to set roles. We always talk about where we're at in the lineup.
September 4, 2012 |
This post has been updated. See below for details. Kenley Jansen hopes to be pitching again by the middle of the month, though surgery awaits his heart condition. Jansen hasn't pitched since Aug. 27 in Colorado, when he once again suffered an irregular heartbeat. After consulting with another heart specialist Tuesday, the Dodgers announced he would remain on blood thinners another 10 days, and hopes to be able to pitch again by Sept. 17, which is an off day. That would make their closer available for the Dodgers' final 15 regular-season games.