The rise and fall of 10 former Blue Jays
May 23, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Casey Janssen (44) throws to the Philadelphia Phillies during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. The Philadelphia Phillies won 8 – 1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
5. Casey Janssen – Washington Nationals
Janssen was a long-time fan favorite in Toronto, but he seemed to fall out of favour with the club after a second-half collapse last season. Aaron Sanchez became John Gibbon’s man for the end of games instead. So Janssen, who spent eight seasons with the Jays, signed with the Nationals.
Due to a shoulder injury, Janssen was on the DL until May 22. Upon his return, he had three clean appearances before he blew a three-run lead against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.
Because of that one bad outing, Janssen’s line looks worse than it is: 0-1, 9.82 ERA, 1.63 WHIP, 1 SO.
We’ll soon see whether the second half of last season was an aberration or the new norm for Washington’s setup man. We were lucky enough to see Janssen pitch against us tonight for the first time, throwing a scoreless inning.