We wish this was a “beating a dead horse” situation, but the horse keeps getting back up. And by horse, I mean struggles with Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen.
The 31 year-old has struggled with bad luck and big hits in bad situations for what seems like all season long. Now, after blowing 3 saves in August alone (MLB says it should be 4), the Jansen rhetoric has reached a fever pitch.
First, let’s look back at key moments from the big man’s 2019 season…
The intentional balk brought us all a laugh, but hid the underlying issue of Kenley’s mental block with runners on base.
Of course, Jansen has been outspoken about trying to improve this season. In fact, he even started that talk ahead of spring training.
However, with struggles comes questions… and often times he’s been unfortunately (but understandably) grumpy about the process.
As we sit here on August 29th, the simple fact is that Kenley Jansen is not right. However, this team needs Kenley to get right — he needs it for himself too. In the interim, perhaps it’s time that the Dodgers look at another arm in save situations while KJ works in lower leverage to salvage his confidence.