Jansen Arrives; Stripling Belongs In the Starting Rotation

Sunday, July 12, 2020
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2020

Today, Kenley Jansen reported to summer camp after he and his family recovered from COVID-19. He should be ready for Opening Day. Having their future Hall-of-Fame closer able to start the season will be a bonus for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Coming off his worst season with the Dodgers, Jansen during the 2019-2020 off-season went to a place in Seattle to have his mechanics and spin-rate on his pitches. The place recognized Jansen had a mechanical flaw affecting the break on his cutter. During 2020 spring training, Jansen looked brilliant, with his cutter looking magnificent. The Dodgers think Jansen will be brilliant closer in 2020

During the quarantine, Jansen worked out daily, stayed on his diet, and threw many bullpen sessions. Manager Dave Roberts think Jansen will be in four outings before Opening Day.

Today Clayton Kershaw and Ross Stripling pitched well. Stripling has looked brilliant in 2020. Stripling developed a new changeup acting like a split-fingered fastball. This new pitch complements the rest of his pitches. Last year he felt like he did not have an opportunity to join the starting rotation. Entering the 2020 season, Stripling had one goal to be a starter.

Kershaw has already named Opening Day pitcher against the San Francisco Giants. Although Sunday, Kershaw allowed a home run to Edwin Rios, he had eight strikeouts. His pitches had tremendous movement. In Seattle this past off-season, Kershaw went to Seattle to analyze and figure out his velocity and spin-rate. With 12 years of experience, Kershaw continues to strive to improve.


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