Jansen deals with wrist, but batters have to deal with him
By Cary Osborne
As MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reported on Friday night, Kenley Jansen is dealing with some discomfort in his right wrist. Dave Roberts told reporters before Saturday’s game in Arizona that Jansen has a mild stiff wrist and added that he’s not concerned.
Good thing because Jansen has been utterly dominant since June 14 when he struck out the side for the first time this season.
In his last 41 games, Jansen has struck out 69 of the 141 batters he has faced (48.9 percent) and walked only five in 39 1/3 innings. He is averaging 15.8 strikeouts per nine innings in that span.
Prior to that he was averaging 9.2 strikeouts per nine innings and struck out 25 of the 91 batters he faced (27.5).
There has been a big difference in results against Jansen’s bread-and-butter cutter before and since June 14, as well.
Before, batters hit .208 and slugged .338 against it, according to Brooks Baseball.
Since June 14, it’s .133/.230.
His cutter has also seen a rise in velocity before and since. Before, it averaged 93.3 mph and since it’s been 94.5, also according to Brooks.
Despite the bothersome wrist, Jansen, one night after he allowed a run but earned a save in the Dodgers’ 3-2 win, is available tonight.
Roberts gave some more health updates.
Bill Plunkett of the OC Register reported that Yasmani Grandal has been dealing with a sore right elbow and therefore sits on Saturday in favor of Carlos Ruiz. Plunkett also reported that if Oklahoma City extends the Pacific Coast League Championship Series with a win tonight, Scott Kazmir will start Game 5. Kazmir last pitched September 7 in a rehab start for Oklahoma City, but was removed after facing seven batters.