Saturday 4 x 4: Jansen Gives Rockies False Hope
The Rockies had a shot -- sort of -- in the ninth inning of their 11-8 loss to the Dodgers on Friday night. With one out, and a run in, they had two men on base. But there was one problem. Kenley Jansen was on the mound for the Dodgers. And, as the Rockies can attest, Jansen's early season struggles were brief.
He's as dominant as any reliever in the game, and he gave the Rockies a reminder on Friday night. Two ground balls and the game was over, the Rockies stranding two runners.
"There's always an oppurtunity to come back," said Nolan Arenado, who popped up against Jansen for the first out of the inning. "He's the best in the game. There's a reason he gets out of those situations."
And Jansen has been at his best, during his career, against the Rockies.
He has converted 25 out of 25 save opportunities against the Rockies. That's the second most saves he has against any team. And it is the most saves he has against any team against which he has not blown a save.
Source: Stats, Inc.
The Dodgers rallied to beat the Rockies on Friday night. It's not that big of a surprise. Since their inception, the Rockies have been challenged against the Dodgers. Their .426 winning percentage against the Dodgers is the second worst against an NL team. Only the Braves have been a bigger challenge.
Rockies and a Hard Spot (a.k.a. Dodgers)
Source: Stats, Inc.
Jansen did throw 24 pitches on Friday. Will that be a factor on Saturday or Sunday in terms of his usage? It was the eighth time this season he has thrown 20 or more pitches in a game. Only once has he come back the following day and pitched, and that was against the Rockies during their recent trip to Dodger Stadium. He converted a save in both games.
DJ LeMahieu came off the disabled list on Friday.
The Rockies didn't have to juggle the roster to open a spot.
David Dahl went on the disabled list with a broken right foot.
It's been like that the last six weeks. The Rockies have not had an overloaded disabled list but after not placing a projected roster player on the disabled list for the first time until April 22, they have had a steady stream of injury moves.
Each of the 29 other big-league teams had used the disabled list -- anywhere from once, like the Tigers with Mike Fiers, to nine times, as was the case with the Yankees -- before the Rockies had to disable a player during the 2018 season.
The Rockies put pitchers Zack Rosscup, Jeff Hoffman and Carlos Esteves on the disabled list to get their Opening Day roster down to 25, but none of them figured to make the roster.
They, however, have used it six times since April 22, including Dahl on Friday, Adam Ottavino (left oblique strain) on Monday, and LeMahieu (left thumb sprain) on May 14. LeMahieu (right hamstring strain) also went on the disabled list April 30, Chris Rusin (right intercostal strain) April 23, and Carlos Gonzalez (right hamstring) April 22.
In-Season DL Moves Prior to April 22
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