Kenley Jansenpicked up his 18th save of the season, including 11 in a row, as he struck out three over 1 1/3 scoreless innings on Monday against the Mets. Jansen retired 27 straight batters before giving up a single in his last appearance Thursday against the Cardinals. Jansen retired all four Mets batters he faced last night. David Freese is the only batter to reach against Jansen since July 23 and Freese got on base with a simple single. Jansen has a 1.96 ERA through 58 appearances this season. The Dodgers signed Brian Wilson a few weeks ago to strengthen their bullpen, but Jansen owners can rest easy that Wilson is not going to take over as the closer. Jansen has been solid since Dodgers manager finally made the decision to remove Brandon League as the Dodgers closer in June. Jansen is a top tier closer and should continue to get alot of save opportunities the way the Dodgers are playing these days.
NEWS & NOTES
Miguel Cabrera went deep for the fourth straight game on Monday night against the White Sox. It sure makes life easier on his sore knee when he can just casually run around the bases. Cabrera now has 37 home runs and is six home runs behind Chris Davis.
Rafael Betancourtmay return to the Rockies as early as Friday in Baltimore. It is not yet clear if Betancourt will return as the Rockies closer of if Rex Brothers will remain as the closer. Brothers has done a really nice job filling in for Betancourt, but the Rockies like the flexibility Brothers offers in the 7th and 8th innings. Stay tuned...
Chris Sale got some rare run support and he allowed two runs in a complete game victory over the Tigers on Monday. Sale allowed nine hits with six strikeouts in a very efficient outing. This is his fourth complete game in 22 this year.
Ryan Ludwick (shoulder) went 0-for-3 in his return from the disabled list Monday after missing 4 1/2 months with a shoulder injury. It was Ludwick's first game action since Opening Day this year when he injured his shoulder. Ludwick could be a sneaky source of power coming down the stretch and is worth adding in all formats.
Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) could be held out of action until Friday. The Dodgers are being very cautious with Ramirez and with the Dodgers comfortable leading the NL-West, there is no sense of urgency to rush him back.