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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.

Again.

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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