In the last week there has been another, more unexpected development: the struggles of closer Kenley Jansen. It might just be a matter of facing Tigers’ slugger Victor Martinez, though, as he is the one who has roughed up Jansen twice this week (in a blown save and a loss, respectively). When asked about Jansen’s struggles, manager Don Mattingly insisted that the team is not concerned (from the LA Times):
No real concerns…Kenley’s stuff is good. It’s coming out good. He’s healthy. I think we’re going to be OK.”
Jansen was asked about his issues this week, and he also said there is nothing to see here:
I feel good. I feel strong. Everybody is going to have their tough times. I had my tough series right there.
I just have to shake it off, put a stop to it and now go to Arizona and help the team win.”
Jansen is coming off a season in which he saved 28 games. Given the fact that his velocity is where it should be, his issues on back-to-back nights this week should be nothing more than the bumps of a long season.