The Los Angeles Dodgers have one of the best starting rotations in baseball. They have one of the deepest lineups in baseball, and have two or three extremely solid bench players depending on your opinion of Andre Ethier.
Despite a $238 million dollar payroll, the Dodgers still have one glaring hole that could keep them from winning their first World Series since 1988.
The other day, Kenley Jansen caused a minor stir when he threw a 98 mile-per-hour cutter. In reality, Jansen had thrown that pitch before, but (A) the camera angle really showed off the movement, and (B) who cares! That’s cruel all of the time! A cutter is a non-traditional sort of fastball and Jansen threw […]
One “Los Angeles” baseball team made a splash this week, acquiring two solid relief pitchers to fix their bullpen issues. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the one that actually plays in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim made their first dent in the trade market early on, when they traded struggling former closer Ernesto Frieri to the Pirates for their struggling former...
Over at FanGraphs this morning, I investigated the Kenley Jansen narrative of “he’s throwing harder, so his cutter is worse, so that’s why he’s getting hit hard!” Which makes all of the sense, except for the part where it actually isn’t true:
Fortunately, we live in the future and we can compare things like the performance of pitches that were thrown extremely hard or...
Kenley Jansen Dodgers – Photo Credit: Not That Bob James (Flickr Creative Commons)
Some people are getting nervous about Kenley Jansen, the Los Angeles Dodgers closer. The reason for the nervousness is his statistics. He is not throwing the ball even close to 100 mph, as he has in the past. He has a 0-2 record with an ERA of 4.58 and a WHIP of 1.70. He could be hurting from looking...
Oddly — or, I don’t know, maybe it’s not — the tenor of discussion following last night’s extra-inning loss is less about Brandon League being terrible than it is about Kenley Jansen being unable to hold onto a 2-1 lead in the ninth inning.
For clarity, here’s what Jansen did. He struck out Hector Sanchez on four pitches. Then, he got Angel Pagan to hit a grounder...
Kenley Jansen did something very notable last night. The accomplishment occurred on this cutter, which struck out Mark Trumbo:
Per Brooks Baseball, the cutter was thrown at 100.1MPH, the fastest pitch of Jansen’s career. He threw a 99.6MPH cutter to Miguel Cabrera last week, but as Grant Brisbee noted, the pitch was actually the most hit-able of the at-bat.
If I were to rank the months of the year in terms of difficulty of writing for FanGraphs, February would probably be #1; there’s just nothing going on in the second month of the year. The off-season is over, only the most meaningless parts of spring training are going on, teams aren’t aggressively signing long […]
Pitcher Kenley Jansen and the Dodgers agreed Tuesday on a $4.3 million, one-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration.
Jansen had 28 saves with a 1.88 ERA last season after he took over the closer's role from Brandon League.
He had been seeking $5.05 million. The Dodgers offered $3.5 million.
Said Jansen: ''It's kind of a relief that it's over now. I tried...
Via AP on Fox
February 11, 2014
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And just like that, all is right in Dodger camp. Word came down on Tuesday the Dodgers and Kenley Jansen agreed to a 1-year, $4.3 million deal that allows the two sides to avoid arbitration.
Jansen had asked for $5.05 million, while the Dodgers offered $3.5 million. The midpoint was $4.275 million, which is a “win” for Jansen.
Jansen’s arbitration hearing had been scheduled...