I did not, in the interest of full disclosure, watch tonight’s game, opting to take in the new Star Trek movie instead. (Spoiler alert: it is awesome.) That picture of Kenley Jansen above isn’t even from tonight, obviously, and it appears I chose my evening’s entertainment well.
Well, I say “obviously” because it clearly taken at Dodger Stadium earlier this season, rather than in Atlanta tonight, but I may as well be saying it because you don’t see him allowing back-to-back homers in it, do you? I won’t pretend to offer any analysis of a game I did not watch, other than to offer this: whenever the topic of Brandon League losing his job has come up, one of the counter arguments has always been, “even Jansen isn’t perfect.” He’s one of the best relievers in the game, nearly unhittable at times, but he’s still human.
To expect perfection from any reliever, even including the great Mariano Rivera, well, it’s just not realistic, and it’s why those calling for Jansen’s head now are misinformed at best. Besides, when the sum total of your offensive output is a few hits by Tim Federowicz & Skip Schumaker and a few walks — even the one run looks like it only scored because of a Justin Upton error — does it really end up mattering that much? If anything, it’s just disappointing for Chris Capuano, who was excellent. But if there’s anything this team should know about by now, it’s disappointment.