Jansen Did Not Have It

Saturday, September 12, 2020
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2020

When Kenley Jansen allowed five runs in the ninth inning, the Los Angeles Dodgers could not recover from it as they lose 7-to-5.

Before the game began, the Dodgers received some good news. Dustin May, who was hit on the foot during his Thursday start, does not have a fracture. May is day-to-day. The Dodgers have not scheduled his next start.

Julio Urìas finally made a great six-inning outing, which is crucial for his team. Yes, he did allow a run in the first inning. However, he used all his four pitches with an ability to throw them for strikes. He changed speeds well, keeping the Astros off-balance. Giving the Dodgers six innings was important.

Pedro Báez returned from the IL Saturday. His groin injury had affected his control before he went on the IL. Saturday, he pitched a superb seventh inning, and Blake Treinen followed a great eighth even though he allowed a run.

Chris Taylor and Kiké Hernández homered. Corey Seager tripled and scored on AJ Pollock’s sacrifice fly. Mookie Betts used a walk, went to second on a wild pitch, and scored on Seager’s single.

Ever since the league named Jansen as the reliever of July and August, he has struggled. In his last two outings, he has allowed eight runs. Saturday, he could not throw a high strike. When he attempted, the pitch was in the strike zone and said, “Hit me, please!” His cutter had no lateral movement; therefore, the Astros could hit it.

The Dodgers must have Jansen dominant going into the postseason. He must have a sudden mechanical problem that caused his cutter not to move. Jansen has two weeks to find his dominance. If he does not, the Dodgers must find another closer in Treinen, Báez, or Brusdar Graterol.

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