ARLINGTON, Texas – After pulling out the final batter at a speed of 94 km / h on Friday night and hitting from the side, Kenley Jansen looked at the Los Angeles Dodgers dugout with an intensity rarely seen by a pleasant right hand. The meaning behind it, Jansen said, was basic: “Let’s go!”
For the other Dodgers, it was something else: Kenley Jansen – the good Kenly Jansen – was back.
Jansen recorded the last three outs of Saturday’s 3-1 win over the Atlanta Braves in Game 6 of the National Series of the Champions League. This time, the lead was just two tracks, half of the cushion of his exit on Friday, which is his first save since the Dodgers̵
“If we want to get to where we want to be and hold this trophy at the end of the year, we’re going to need it,” said Dodgers’ third poor man, Justin Turner. “He’s going to be a big part of it. Two huge outings, not just for us, but for him personally. And you can just see the confidence he has in the mound attacking boys. This is Kenley Jansen I and we all know there and custom. “
Jansen was not bad this season – he finished with a 3.33 ERA, 33 strokes and nine walks for 24 1/3 passes – but again he was not constantly dominant. His knife speed began to drop below 90 mph at the end of the regular season and he started the playoffs on an unstable basis.
After failing to defend a three-time lead against the San Diego Padres in Game 3 of the divisional series, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts temporarily removed him from high-leverage situations. His next appearance was a 14-fold lead in the sixth inning of Game 3 of the NLCS. But Roberts noticed a smoother and repeatable delivery on this outing. After he hit from the side to easily hold the four runs in the ninth inning of Game 4, Dodgers’ short stop Corey Seeger saw someone climb confidently again.
On Saturday, Jansen tossed his cutter at 90 to 91 miles per hour and mixed it with a twin that approached the mid-90s.
“The game honors him,” Roberts told Jansen. “I couldn’t be happier and prouder than him.”
Jansen spent the last few weeks searching to synchronize his upper and lower halves, a constant problem for someone with a 6-foot and 265-pound frame. A few days ago, through conversations with longtime pitchers Charlie Howe and Rick Honick, both still connected to the organization, Jansen was able to rediscover the clean and simple delivery of his early years. He thinks the sequence is starting to come.
“There are no roles in the playoffs,” Jansen said when asked about a suspension as closer to the team. “This is ‘When can you be in the best position to help your team win?’ “I have been here for a long time and it is nothing else to have a ring here with the organization. This is the last thing I feel I need to achieve here. We want it. We want it for everyone and the fans deserve it and it’s about winning a championship here. “