In a fair but equally unfair conversation, there’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding the Dodgers and long-time closer Kenley Jansen. No doubt the start of his 2020 season was great. He earned the NL Reliever of the Month award on merit, not just the body of work.
But now a pair of really bad outings quickly brought back memories of Kenley past… the bad one.
Thoughts on the Subject
From 2010-2017, he was one of the best backend bullpen pieces in the game. But 2018 and 2019 became anxiety-riddled tight rope walks more often than not. At least it felt that way. By the end of the 2019 season, Jansen had lost nearly all confidence in himself, eventually leading to Dave Roberts to keep him on the bench in the most crucial game of the postseason — the one that ultimately became their final game of the season — until it was too late.
Flashing back to now, while he has rebounded nicely since his rocky start to September, there’s still that hesitation in the back of the minds of fans. Where do you stand? Should the Dodgers run him out there the way they have in the past, or should there be an updated plan for the club’s all-time saves leader?
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