Jansen feels that his conditioning has not yet fully returned following his bout with COVID-19, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Jansen missed the start of summer camp as he recovered from the virus, but he was able to return in time to lock down the Dodgers' closer role by the start of the regular season. The veteran indicated that he expects to add strength as the campaign progresses, though his stated lack of conditioning has not affected his performance in the early going. Through six outings, Jansen is a perfect 4-for-4 in save opportunities while allowing only one earned run and compiling a 6:3 K:BB over six innings.
Jansen pitched a perfect ninth inning with a strikeout to earn the save in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Padres. Jansen retired Tommy Pham, Jake Cronenworth and Abraham Almonte in order in the ninth to earn his third save of the season. He's yet to give up a run in 2020, allowing just one hit and two walks with five strikeouts in five innings this season. The 32-year-old has a firm grasp on the Dodgers' closer gig.
Jansen struck out two batters and hit another in a scoreless ninth inning Sunday, earning a save in the win over Arizona. After Jansen plunked Starling Marte to lead off the inning, he settled in to retire the next three batters in order. For the season, the 32-year-old has recorded four shutout innings with just one hit allowed.
Jansen gave up a hit in a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday to record his first save of the season in a 5-2 win over the Astros. After a clean first outing of the year in a non-save situation, Jansen was back in his familiar role and got the job done, albeit not exactly in dominant fashion. He gave up a one-out double to Carlos Correa and failed to produce a strikeout. The 32-year-old's performance has been on the decline for a couple years now, but as long as Jansen sees consistent work in the ninth, he'll still have plenty of fantasy value.
Jansen struck out one batter in a perfect ninth inning against the Giants on Sunday. Manager Dave Roberts had Jansen get some work in late with the Dodgers losing 3-1 after his closer did not pitch in any of the team's first three games. Jansen's first cutter was clocked at just 88.6 mph, but he quickly dialed it up to 90-91 mph. The save chances will come and Jansen would have to squander several of those in a row to lose the job.