Kenley Jansen considers himself ‘a complete pitcher’ after adjusting to velocity drop

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen pitches against the San Diego Padres on Aug. 4. <span class="copyright">(Gregory Bull / Associated Press)</span>
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen pitches against the San Diego Padres on Aug. 4. (Gregory Bull / Associated Press)

Gas continues to leak from the propane tank.

Kenley Jansen’s fastball velocity is down.


Clayton Kershaw now throws harder than Jansen and Kershaw has about a billion innings on his left arm.

When Shohei Ohtani of the Angels threw fastballs that registered speeds in Jansen’s range, the two-way player was mortified enough to subject himself to a MRI examination.

In previous seasons, Jansen downplayed his diminishing velocity by arguing that speed of his trademark cutter was less important than its movement.

Six appearances into this pandemic-shortened season, Jansen is making an entirely different case.

“I feel like I’m a complete pitcher now,” Jansen said in an online videoconference. “I have three pitches. I can pitch.”

Imagine that: Jansen, the classic thrower who used to pound cutter after cutter after cutter, now

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A Complete Timeline of Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn’s Relationship, From Quiet Beginnings to Quarantine

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images


Taylor Swift hasn’t spoken much about Joe Alwyn publicly, but they’re definitely a very committed couple that has been together for more than three years.

Swift has been purposely quiet about her relationship with Alwyn. The paparazzi photo ops of her Hiddleswift days and the coupley Instagram pics she’d post with Calvin Harris are nowhere to be found. In fact, Swift largely uses her social media for promoting her work and sharing photos of her other loves: cats Olivia, Meredith, and Benjamin.

Still, we’ve managed to eke out a few details of Swift and Alwyn’s relationship. And in 2020, they’ve been more public about their love than ever before. Here’s a timeline of their coupledom leading up to the surprise release of Swift’s eighth album.

May 2, 2016: They meet at the Met Gala (probably).

Nobody knows for sure when Taylor and Joe first

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