Jansen galvanized by criticism going into G1 – MLB.com

LOS ANGELES — A recent article asked whether Kenley Jansen can turn back into Kenley Jansen by Thursday. When the Dodgers closer read it, he got angry.

“I’m not mad at you. I’m mad at the question and I’m fired up to be that guy again,” Jansen said before the team worked out at Dodger Stadium in preparation for Thursday’s Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Braves.

LOS ANGELES — A recent article asked whether Kenley Jansen can turn back into Kenley Jansen by Thursday. When the Dodgers closer read it, he got angry.

“I’m not mad at you. I’m mad at the question and I’m fired up to be that guy again,” Jansen said before the team worked out at Dodger Stadium in preparation for Thursday’s Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Braves.

“I have a responsibility to this team. I want that responsibility. You build on failure. It’s been a tough season, but I’ve learned a lot. From this moment, it’s on. There’s nothing I won’t do to get us a World Series.”

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Manager Dave Roberts met with Jansen on the field during the workout. Throughout Jansen’s struggles, Roberts hasn’t wavered in his support.

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“My confidence level is high and my expectation for him to pitch well in this series is the same, as it has been the last three years,” said Roberts. “He’s shown to perform on this stage, in this environment. And that’s what I’m going to pull from, his teammates are going to pull from, and I’m going to encourage him to pull from.

“So, I know that Kenley is a very confident player,

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