Sport Kenley Jansen: Dodgers 'are still the best team in baseball'

22:06  13 september  2017
22:06  13 september  2017 Source:   Larry Brown Sports

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That has not diminished the levels of confidence in the clubhouse, though, as evidenced by closer Kenley Jansen , who made a rather bold pronunciation before the Dodgers ’ 5-3 win over the San Francisco I don’t care how good the Nationals are playing. We are still the best team in baseball .”

When the conversation for best pitcher in baseball comes up, it’s filled with starters. Well , with the new age of relievers, a guy who comes in for three outs needs to start being included in the conversation, and the Dodgers have one of those guys. When it comes to the Dodgers ‘ Kenley Jansen , he has

The Los Angeles Dodgers have lost 16 of their last 18 games, going from a potentially historically great team to one scrambling to defend their home field advantage in the postseason.

That has not diminished the levels of confidence in the clubhouse, though, as evidenced by closer Kenley Jansen, who made a rather bold pronunciation before the Dodgers’ 5-3 win over the San Francisco Giants.

“Everybody is going to go through a tough stretch,” Jansen said, via Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. “We are going through one right now, finally. It’s just part of baseball. What are you going to do, panic? Say we can’t play any more? No. We are going to get out of it. When we get out of it, everybody is going to have to watch out again.

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The Dodgers are the best team in baseball , but what weaknesses in the club could be exploited in the postseason? The Non- Kenley Jansen relievers.

Kenley Jansen has already taken over the Dodgers ’ record of most saves as a Dodger . Jansen is having one of the greatest seasons for a closer but is he better than Eric Gagne in his prime? Gagne’s ’03 season is still the greatest regular season by a closer in baseball history.

“I don’t care how good the Indians are playing. I don’t care how good the Nationals are playing. We are still the best team in baseball.”

Record-wise, Jansen is actually correct. The Indians, however, have tied the MLB record for consecutive wins with 20 in a row, while the Nationals have closed to within 4.5 games of the Dodgers for the best record in baseball.

One of Jansen’s teammates offered a more brutal assessment of the club recently, but the confidence must remain in the Los Angeles clubhouse. They know how good they were and have to believe they can somehow get it back, but time is running out if they want it to happen before the playoffs start.

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Family of girl hurt at Yankee Stadium may have legal case .
Forty-seven years ago, in separate incidents that took place exactly two months apart at two different National League stadiums - Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, and Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh -a fan was struck by a foul ball during a Major League Baseball game. In the first incident, 14-year-old Alan Fish got hit in the temple by a ball off the bat of Dodgers player Manny Mota. Fish died four days after the May 16, 1970 incident. Two months after Fish was struck, Evelyn Jones attended a Pirates game on the inaugural opening of Three Rivers Stadium.

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