Jansen has retired all nine batters he has faced this spring, six by strikeout.
Per Michael J. Duarte of NBC Los Angeles, Jansen is throwing less cutters this spring while relying more on his two-seam fastball and slider. There have also been reports of Jansen throwing with increased velocity in the early going. All of this bodes well for a bounceback campaign from the veteran closer, who posted a career-worst 3.71 ERA last season.
Jansen sat between 92 and 93 mph in his first spring outing Sunday, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
The information was relayed by manager Dave Roberts, who added that was well above the 85 to 87 mph velocity Jansen showed in his first outing last season. As for results, Jansen completed one inning against the Cubs, whiffing two batters while not allowing a baserunner.
Jansen has been working with a number of former pitchers on new slider grips, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
Per Plunkett, Jansen felt particularly comfortable with one new grip shown to him by Rick Honeycutt and Orel Hershiser. Though Jansen's primary pitch is a cutter, he went to the slider 12.3 percent of the time last season, more than doubling his 2018 mark. The veteran closer could look to mix things up more in 2020 after accumulating a career-worst eight blown saves last season.
Jansen has adjusted his delivery in an attempt to refine his cutter, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Jansen consulted with Driveline Baseball in Washington during the offseason to pinpoint adjustments that, according to the veteran reliever, have given his cutter more "rising life." The 32-year-old relies heavily on the pitch, throwing it 74.3 percent of the time in 2019 -- though opponents hit .232 against the offering, Jansen's worst mark since 2014. While Jansen remains a steady source of saves, his ERA dropped to a career-worst 3.71 last season.
Jansen is not expected to opt out of the two years and $38 million remaining on his contract, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
The 32-year-old was less sharp in 2019 than he had been in the past, posting a 3.71 ERA with 33 saves, which was a six-year low. Despite his regression, Jansen should remain the closer for the Dodgers, at least to begin next season.
Jansen is expected to keep the Dodgers' closer job next season, Alanna Rizzo of Spectrum SportsNet LA reports.
President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman did say, "We'll see how things play out," at a press conference Monday, indicating that the Dodgers could pursue alternative plans, but it sounds as though the 32-year-old is expected to keep his job. Jansen saved 33 games this season but wasn't quite in vintage form, posting a career-worst 3.71 ERA. His 30.4 percent strikeout rate and 6.1 percent walk rate were each very good numbers but came in a clear tier below his 42.3 percent strikeout rate and 2.7 percent walk rate from his incredible 2017 season.
Jansen allowed one hit but struck out the side during the ninth to earn his 33rd save of the season in a 2-0 victory against the Giants.
The 31-year-old wasn't as dominant as usual this year, which is really indicated across all of his numbers, but he did post at least 33 saves for the sixth straight season. Barring an appearance in the season finale, Jansen will finish 2019 with a 5-3 record, 33 saves, eight blown opportunities, 3.71 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 80 strikeouts in 63 innings.
Jansen threw a scoreless and hitless inning to record his 32nd save in a 6-4 win over the Padres on Wednesday.
Jansen made quick work of the Padres, facing the minimum on 11 pitches to nail down the save. With this save, Jansen became the 30th player in MLB history with 300 saves. The 31-year-old has a 5-3 record with a 3.77 ERA and 77 strikeouts through 62 innings.
Jansen picked up the save against the Padres on Tuesday, tossing a scoreless ninth inning without allowing a hit to close out the Dodgers' 6-3 victory. He struck out one and walked one.
Jansen had given up three earned over two innings in his previous two appearances coming into the contest, but he managed to bounce back with a scoreless effort in this one and lock down his 31st save of the season. That save total remains solid for a fantasy closer, but it's still been an erratic season on the whole for Jansen, who has blown eight opportunities and posted a 3.84 ERA over 61 innings that far exceeds his career mark of 2.37.
Jansen is in no danger of losing his job as the Dodgers' closer, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Although Jansen blew his eighth save of the season in Wednesday's loss to Tampa Bay, manager Dave Roberts indicated after the game that he is "not entertaining" the thought of replacing the veteran closer. For what it's worth, both relievers below Jansen in the pecking order -- Pedro Baez and Joe Kelly -- have surrendered earned runs in pivotal situations over the past week. Prior to Wednesday's meltdown, Jansen had been pitching well this month, holding opponents to one run and giving up only two hits while racking up three saves in six September appearances.
Jansen gave up two runs on two hits and one walk while striking out none through one inning to record his eighth blown save in an 8-7 loss to the Rays on Wednesday.
Jansen entered the ninth inning with a two-run lead and quickly allowed three baserunners and two runs that tied the game. The runs allowed broke a four-game scoreless streak for Jansen, who has a 3.68 ERA and three saves in his last seven appearances. The 31-year-old has a 3.81 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP with 30 saves and eight blown saves in 58 appearances this season.
Jansen picked up the save against Tampa Bay on Tuesday, pitching 1.1 scoreless innings and striking out two.
Jansen was called upon to get the final four outs and delivered with little resistance, tossing 14 of 19 pitches for strikes and whiffing two of the four hitters he faced. The 31-year-old seems to have found his groove in September, allowing only one run while picking up three saves and posting a 7:2 K:BB over 6.1 innings. Despite some indications of reduced effectiveness this season, Jansen remains one of the most feared closers in baseball, racking up 30 saves in 37 chances while posting a 3.57 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 75:14 K:BB over 58 innings.
Jansen got the save against the Orioles on Thursday, tossing a scoreless ninth inning without allowing a baserunner to close out the Dodgers' 4-2 victory. He struck out one and walked none.
The right-hander needed 18 pitches to set down the side in order and successfully protect a two-run lead for his 29th save of the season. Jansen's 3.72 ERA over 55.2 innings remains uncharacteristically high, but he figures to maintain his role as the primary ninth-inning option for the Dodgers through the rest of the season.
Jansen picked up the save against the Rockies on Tuesday, giving up a hit and a run in the ninth inning before closing out the Dodgers' 5-3 victory. He walked one and didn't record a strikeout.
Jansen didn't make it easy, as he yielded a run while trying to protect a 5-2 lead, but he managed to bounce back and pick up his 28th save of the season. The 31-year-old has now given up a run in four out of his last six appearances, leaving him with a 3.86 ERA over 53.2 innings, a figure quite a bit higher than the dominant numbers we've seen him put up in past years. However, manager Dave Roberts has said he's sticking with Jansen as the primary closer, so his job seems secure for the time being.
Jansen is still considered the Dodgers' closer but will continue to pitch in non-save situations while occasionally yielding chances to others, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Questions about Jansen's job security have increased as his late-season struggles have mounted, though manager Dave Roberts has consistently stated his commitment to sticking with the closer. Jansen's last two outings have come in non-save situations as the team looks to provide him with more opportunities to work out of his funk before the end of the regular season. Jansen is on pace for his fewest innings pitched in four years but has already tied his career high with seven blown saves while posting a career-worst 3.76 ERA. He has converted only four of eight save opportunities while giving up nine earned runs in 16 innings since the All-Star break.
Jansen struck out two batters in a perfect eighth inning during Sunday's win over Arizona.
Jansen allowed five runs in nine appearances in August, blowing three of his four save chances in that span. He's still the team's main closer, and this strong outing to start September could do wonders for his job security and performance.
Jansen pitched one inning in a non-save situation Saturday, giving up one run on a solo homer.
Jansen entered the game with the Dodgers trailing by a run in the eighth inning and promptly served up a leadoff home run to Eduardo Escobar. The three-time All-Star has now allowed three long balls in his last eight innings and has notched only one save in four opportunities during that span. Manager Dave Roberts recently reaffirmed his commitment to keeping the 31-year-old in the closer position despite Jansen's uncharacteristic struggles this season.
Jansen (4-3) gave up one run on one hit and one walk while striking out one to blow the save Wednesday, but he was later awarded the win against the Padres.
Jansen entered the ninth inning with a one-run lead and quickly gave up a leadoff double before throwing a wild pitch that allowed the tying run to score. The Dodgers scored two runs in the 10th inning to get Jansen the win. The 31-year-old has a 4.50 ERA with a 1.38 WHIP and three blown saves in his last eight appearances.
Jansen struck out the side and allowed two hits in a scoreless inning to earn the save in a 2-1 victory over the Yankees on Saturday.
Jansen came on to protect a one-run lead but allowed the Yankees to load the bases with one out on two singles and a fielder's choice. However, the right-hander rallied to strike out Mike Tauchman and Gary Sanchez to earn his 27th save in 33 chances. Jansen now has a 3.62 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 67:11 K:BB over 49.2 innings this year.
Manager Dave Roberts gave Jansen a vote of confidence after Jansen blew another save Wednesday night, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. "Right now, Kenley's our closer," Roberts said.
Jansen gave up a solo homer to Rowdy Tellez to squander a ninth-inning lead against Toronto, his second blown save in five appearances and sixth this season. He had five blown saves combined in 2017 and 2018. Clearly, the 31-year-old isn't the elite closer he used to be, with his trademark cutter suddenly becoming a whole lot more hittable over the last calendar year or so. The Dodgers have alternatives should Jansen continue to struggle, including Joe Kelly, Pedro Baez, Julio Urias (suspension) and Kenta Maeda, who moved to the bullpen and served as the closer late last season when Jansen was unavailable for a stretch.
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