ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Although Kenley Jansen never lost confidence in himself, the tall right-hander could win her back from the Los Angeles Dodgers after an irregular spell
Although not in a stopping situation, Jansen closed Game 5 with a dominant 12-length performance in which he hit the side in a 7-3 win over the Braves d ‘Atlanta with Dodgers facing potential elimination This came two days after another 1-2-3 inning in a mid-game appearance for LA in a 15-3 win
« I feel like if he clicked there and you know that once he clicks everything is going to come with it, » Jansen said on Saturday before the Dodgers faced to another potential elimination game against the Braves
In the ninth inning on Friday night, Jansen threw 10 strikes and got three strikeouts His knife was consistently in the 92-93 mph range, and Johan Camargo swung and missed a late game 94 mph pellet
« It was as good as I’ve seen it in awhile, » manager Dave Roberts said on Saturday. « I thought about the tempo, I thought the delivery was cleaned up, it was a little smoother The execution was considerably better Mixed in brittle balls, two knives, knives, so it was really good »
Jansen said he had recent conversations with former pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and former Dodgers star Charlie Hough, the 33-year-old 3-time All-Star, whose velocity was visibly reduced and her inconsistent control, said they explained her delivery was not the same as when she towered over hitters
« They showed me pictures from the past and how it all worked together And, you know, it wasn’t quite the same thing, » Jansen said « And sort of, let’s get back to that, to simplify my performance as it was, and repeat it, and it shows, it showed itself yesterday «
The Dodgers primary had been drawing closer since 2012 and their career leader with 312 saves Jansen was bypassed with NLCS Game 1 tied at 1 in the ninth inning His sixth 1-2-3 inning Wednesday against the Braves came a week after he needed 30 shots to get two strikeouts and gave up two runs without being able to complete the 6-5 win in Game 2 of the series. NL Division vs. Padres
Even after arriving late at summer camp with a positive COVID-19 test, Jansen converted 10 of his first 11 stoppage chances this season, and he had 22 strikeouts and a 120 MPM in his first 15 innings until Sep 1 But a week later in Arizona he gave up three runs in the bottom of the 10th, after Los Angeles scored four runs in their half inning. Then, in his next appearance, he gave up six hits and five runs without recording an out after taking over with a 5-2 lead over lower Houston batting order.
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