Kenley Jansen moved to closer role for Dodgers


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Don Mattingly waited as long as he could to pull the plug on Brandon League. Kenley Jansen is expected to close out games for the Dodgers starting Tuesday night.

According to Ken Gurnick the Dodgers manager had been considering a change at the closers role for a week.

It took until Monday’s blown save against Arizona for Mattingly to make the decision. All told, League has a 6.00 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and four blown saves on the season.

League was not getting it done and given his 1.5 home runs per nine is not even an option in mop-up duty at this point.

Replacing League will be Kenley Jansen who has a 2.53 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 44/6 K/BB ratio over 32 innings this season. While Jansen has impressive strike out numbers he has yet to prove he is a shutdown closer blowing seven saves last season in 32 attempts.

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