The final pitcher that has to be better than last season for the Dodgers is one that has been a staple of their bullpen for years. For almost the last decade, Kenley Jansen has been a great pitcher out of the bullpen for the Dodgers.
In his career, Jansen has totaled a 2.35 ERA, 301 saves, and 39 holds. There is no doubt about the kind of player that Jansen has been for the Dodgers, but last year might have been a sign that he is starting to slip.
Since the Dodgers have been so successful the last few seasons, that has resulted in a lot of innings on Jansen’s arm in playoff baseball. These are generally tough spots and can wear on a pitcher.
Last season, Jansen totaled just 33 saves, and saw his ERA jump to 3.71, which is the highest of his career. It could have just been a down year for Jansen, or it could be a cause for concern for the franchise. Regardless, he will have to be better for them in 2020 if he wants to continue to be their closer, as blowing eight saves in the regular season is a high number.