Is it asking so much?
Kenley Jansen’s pitching stats since June 1, going into tonight: 37 2/3 innings, 138 batters, 13 hits, four runs allowed, one home run, 12 walks, 69 strikeouts, four saves in four opportunities, 0 of 11 inherited runners scored, 0.96 ERA.
Some of the reaction on Twitter after Jansen struck out two batters, then gave up a game-tying home run tonight:
@culverfan he’s not a ninth inning guy. it’s upstairs
@DodgerBaseball2 Jansen is not a closer, not his fault Mattingly has got to stick with what works
@DRMustang22 Jansen proves again that he is not ready to be a closer. Mattingley blew it unless Javy is injured or something.
@TK0N Kenley Jansen about to be reassigned to AAA Albuquerque.
@JesRey7 Send Kenley Jansen to the minors #KeepJameyWright
@kingofbbqs Jansen blows it like the ol’ broxton days …take his ass out
Maybe Jansen didn’t have his best velocity tonight, but can people ever not overreact? Just to be clear, this was his first blown save in nearly one year.
And also to be clear, I’m not calling for Jansen to be the closer. I like that he’s not the closer. But not because I don’t think he “has it upstairs.”