Los Angeles Dodgers

Jansen shows signs of old self as Dodgers try to stay alive

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Though Kenley Jansen never lost confidence in himself, the big right-hander might be regaining that from the Los Angeles Dodgers after an inconsistent stretch.

Jansen said he has had some recent conversations with former pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and former Dodgers standout Charlie Hough.

The Dodgers’ primary closer since 2012 and their career leader with 312 saves, Jansen had been bypassed with Game 1 of the NLCS tied at 1 in the ninth inning.

His 1-2-3 sixth inning Wednesday against the Braves came a week after he needed 30 pitches to get two outs and gave up two runs without being able to finish the 6-5 victory in Game 2 of the NL Division Series against the Padres.

Even after arriving late to summer camp because of a positive COVID-19 test, Jansen converted 10 of his first 11 save opportunities this season, and he had 22 strikeouts and a 1.20 ERA in his first 15 innings through Sept. 1.

Then in his next appearance, he gave up six hits and five runs without recording an out after taking over with a 5-2 lead against the bottom of Houston’s batting order.

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