My bonafides as a cat person are sterling. I don’t need to tell you that, even if I do sometimes. But just because I am a cat guy, it does not mean I do not like dogs.
Dogs are cute and loving and loyal and in many cases useful. I can see and appreciate that even if my own particular tastes and lifestyle lends itself to cute, sometimes loving, annoyingly calculating and, frankly, useless cats. The heart wants what it wants.
To that end, I happily link you to Cut4’s little survey, asking you to rank the best MLB player-owned dogs. I’m partial to Joc Pederson‘s for what it’s worth.
Still, if I’m gonna go with a winner here, it has to be Matt Duffy. No, his dog did not make the list. Because he doesn’t have one. He has a cat and cats rule, dudes.
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen gave up three runs in the top of the ninth inning during Sunday’s game against the Braves, blowing his first save since August 26 last season. He had converted 34 consecutive saves.
Jansen yielded back-to-back singles to lead off the ninth inning, staked to a 4-1 lead. After getting two outs, Matt Adams hit a three-run home run down the right field line to knot the game at four apiece.
After Sunday’s lackluster performance, Jansen is now 24-for-25 in save chances this season with a 1.49 ERA and a 62/2 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings.
Orioles closer Zach Britton finished Sunday’s 9-7 victory over the Astros with a scoreless ninth inning, earning his sixth save of the season. He has now earned the save in 55 consecutive opportunities dating back to September 2015, setting a new American League record. Tom Gordon previously held the record with 54 consecutive saves. Eric Gagne holds the major league record at 84.
Britton’s last blown save came on September 20, 2015, then converted two more saves before the end of the regular season. He went 47-for-47 in save chances last season and is six-for-six so far this year.
Along with his six saves, Britton has a 2.65 ERA and a 13/8 K/BB ratio in 17 innings this season. The lefty came off the disabled list earlier this month after missing two months with a strained left forearm.