April 9, 2014 |
It was only the 10th game of the season for the Dodgers but mark it down as the early leader for their strangest. And, maybe, the most disappointing. A steal of home, a suicide squeeze by a pitcher, three errors by the Dodgers, a dramatic three-run bottom-of-the-ninth rally to tie it -- all for their closer to immediately give up the game in the 10th inning. More than four hours after it began, the Dodgers suffered a tough 7-6 loss to the Tigers on Wednesday before a Dodger Stadium crowd of 42,687 when Victor Martinez opened the 10th with a solo home run off closer Kenley Jansen.
April 8, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - Kenley Jansen should be able to attend his newborn daughter's graduation and wedding ceremonies. No longer does the Dodgers' hard-throwing setup man have to worry that playing baseball could cost him his life. His heart now functions normally. Nearly six months ago, Jansen underwent a cardiac operation that scared him out of his usual laid-back persona. "It's finally fixed," Jansen, 25, said with a smile. Heading into the Dodgers' series opener against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on Tuesday, Jansen has pitched three times.
September 21, 2011 |
The most dominant pitcher in the Dodgers' bullpen commands more languages than he does pitches. But if the one pitch Kenley Jansen throws regularly is a cut fastball in the mid-90s that breaks from one side of the plate to the other, does it matter? Jansen, the pentalingual setup man from the Caribbean island of Curacao, has struck out 23 of the last 33 batters he has faced. Of the 19 runners he has inherited this season, only one has scored. Jansen didn't emerge from the bullpen on Wednesday night, as the Dodgers fell to the San Francisco Giants, 8-5, at Dodger Stadium.
April 29, 2012 |
Hours after reiterating that Javy Guerra was his closer despite rough outings recently, Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly used Kenley Jansen to finish Sunday's win over the Washington Nationals. But that was because Guerra had pitched Saturday night and Jansen was "the freshest arm," Mattingly said. The hard-throwing Jansen walked leadoff batter Adam LaRoche in the ninth inning and fell behind the next batter. Soon Guerra was warming up in the bullpen, although to Mattingly that was not a contradiction, saying that if Jansen were "to walk the house" he needed Guerra ready.
May 29, 2011 |
At this rate, the Dodgers could soon have enough injured closers to outfit an entire division. They lost a fourth late-inning reliever Sunday when Kenley Jansen was placed on the disabled list with inflammation in his right shoulder. The rookie threw 38 pitches in two-thirds of an inning Monday against Houston and 30 more pitches Saturday night in an inning against Florida. Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly was annoyed that Jansen did not disclose any discomfort in his arm until Saturday, even though it was an ongoing issue.
June 13, 2012 |
Maybe the Dodgers had better use Kenley Jansen only in save situations, because this pitching in the ninth of a tie game just isn't working out. For the second time in three nights, Manager Don Mattingly brought Jansen in to start the ninth inning with the game tied and he gave up the winning run. This time Erick Aybar, who at first tried to bunt his way on, drilled a leadoff home run to propel the Angels to a 2-1 victory Wednesday over...
August 21, 2012 |
Kenley Jansen knows how quickly fans can turn on a closer. He saw it happen to Jonathan Broxton. Broxton, now a setup man for the Cincinnati Reds, made two All-Star teams with the Dodgers. But Broxton never lived down his failures in the 2008 and 2009 playoffs and spent his final seasons in Los Angeles as a divisive figure among fans. As the closer on a contending team, Jansen now carries the burden that once belonged to Broxton. Jansen, in his first season as closer, views this as an opportunity.
May 7, 2012 |
On the day the Dodgers played their first home game under new ownership, there were changes beyond the owner's box. Kenley Jansen was the team's new closer, replacing the slumping Javy Guerra . Manager Don Mattingly informed Guerra of his decision Monday. "I said all along I didn't want to do this," Mattingly said. "It's the games making the decision. I don't really have to make it. It's making it for me. " Guerra started this season the way he finished the last, converting seven of his first eight save opportunities and posting a 2.16 earned-run average.
February 11, 2014 |
PHOENIX - Shortly after he avoided an arbitration hearing with the Dodgers and agreed to a $4.3-million salary for the upcoming season, Kenley Jansen reflected on how he went from a light-hitting catching prospect to the closer of baseball's most expensive team. "It's unbelievable how stuff works that quick," Jansen said. "Now, a million-dollar contract. That's pretty awesome. " Jansen, 26, was paid $512,000 last season. When he and the Dodgers exchanged salary figures last month, he asked for $5.05 million and the team offered $3.5 million.
May 18, 2013 |
ATLANTA - There is a new-age school of thought that believes teams should use their best relievers the way the Dodgers are using Kenley Jansen - in potentially game-altering situations, often in innings other than the ninth. But Manager Don Mattingly said his decision to use Jansen in this manner is based on his team's needs rather than a desire to revolutionize the modern bullpen. Even with Brandon League struggling, Mattingly has hesitated designating Jansen as the closer because doing so would severely limit his options leading up to the ninth inning.