Dodgers: Angels Manager Joe Maddon Believes Prime Kenley Jansen is Back
Things did not go as the Dodgers had hoped in Anaheim over the weekend. They were able to take a game on Saturday, but the offense stalled out on Sunday afternoon and they fell short. That wasted a very good start from Trevor Bauer who went 6 innings and gave up 2 runs.
But the Dodgers did have some things to take away from the series despite the loss. The bats were able to come alive on Saturday, showing that they do have the ability to hit. The starters also pitched very well on Saturday and Sunday.
The Dodgers were also able to get Kenley Jansen into the game on Sunday while chasing a run. He looked sharp despite allowing a cheap single to David Fletcher. He was soo good that Angels manager Joe Maddon said that he thinks Jansen has his good stuff back in 2021.
More Maddon, without prompt: "I know Lagares punched out, but I’m here to tell you Jansen’s got his stuff back. I haven’t seen that in a while."
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) May 9, 2021
Jansen struck out 2, including superstar Mike Trout. His cutter sat in the mid-90s and had incredible movement on it as well. The Dodgers may not have walked away with the win, but getting that outside praise of Jansen has to feel like a positive.
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The Dodgers start a 2-game series against the Mariners tonight in Los Angeles. Walker Buehler gets the ball going up against southpaw Yusei Kikuchi for game 1. Julio Urias will be on the bump tomorrow for LA.
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So we are “back to the future” again? Those halcyon days of 2013-2019 where we had a good closer but no consistent bridge between him and the starters? And an offense that leads the league in stranding runners on base?
Yes we are, Rainbird. Only this offense right now is the worst it’s been in about a decade.