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Kenley Jansen | Relief Pitcher

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/30/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 265
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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Kenley Jansen allowed a run but still converted his fifth save of the season in Thursday's win over the Giants.
In fairness, Jansen probably wouldn't have given up a run had Michael Morse not reached to lead off the inning following a strikeout. Still, it certainly wasn't a clean outing, as Jansen walked one, yielded an RBI single and needed 30 pitches to complete the inning. He's nailed down five saves already but has blown a pair and holds a 5.00 ERA and 2.00 WHIP. Apr 17 - 7:59 PM

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Kenley Jansen blew his second save of the season by coughing up Brandon Belt's RBI ninth inning double on Tuesday in a 3-2, 12-inning loss against the Giants.

Belt's slice down the left field line scored Angel Pagan from first. Jansen has allowed four runs over 7 1/3 innings (4.91 ERA) in the early going, and he's allowing way too many baserunners with a 2.05 WHIP, but his struggles won't continue. The fireballer owns a 14/3 K/BB rate and has whiffed at least one batter in all 10 of his appearances.
Apr 16 - 3:20 AM

Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth inning, striking out two, to earn his fourth save Sunday.

Jansen shut down the Diamondbacks, fanning two in the perfect frame. He allowed runs in two consecutive outings earlier in the week, but he owns a 13/3 K/BB ratio over seven innings and remains one of the higher-end closers in the game despite the minor hiccup.
Apr 13 - 9:10 PM

Kenley Jansen picked up a one-out save in the Dodgers' defeat of the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

Brandon League was threatening to blow the Dodgers' big lead in the bottom of the ninth inning, so Jansen was brought in to finish the job. He struck out Gerardo Parra on four pitches -- all of which were over 98 mph. Jansen now has three saves on the season.
Apr 13 - 12:09 AM

Kenley Jansen loaded the bases before recording the final out for his second save in the Dodgers' win over the Padres on Tuesday.

Jansen made it interesting, as he allowed two singles and a walk before fanning pinch hitter Nick Hundley to end the game. It hasn't been a great start to the year for the right-hander, but he's got two saves in two opportunities to show for it.
Apr 1 - 10:21 PM

Kenley Jansen notched a save in the 2014 season opener in Australia on Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

Jansen struck out Mark Trumbo swinging and got Miguel Montero to ground out to shortstop before walking Chris Owings. However, he was able to retire Gerardo Parra on a comebacker to end it. Jansen had a 1.88 ERA, 28 saves, and a 111/18 K/BB ratio over 76 2/3 innings last season and should find himself among the top fantasy closers again this year.
Mar 22 - 7:55 AM

Kenley Jansen struck out all three hitters he faced in the eighth inning of the Dodgers' 9-2 loss to the D'Backs on Wednesday.

Jansen will do this from time to time. The right-hander struck out 111 in 76 2/3 innings last year as the Dodgers' closer and should do more of the same. As far as fantasy closers go, only a handful of hurlers can compete with Jansen.
Mar 12 - 7:15 PM

Kenley Jansen struck out two Mariners in his only inning of work on Tuesday.

Jansen had a fantastic 2013 season for the Dodgers and will return as their closer. As his outing Tuesday afternoon illustrates, he racks up the strikeouts in bunches. The 25-year-old should continue to be among the best closers in baseball.
Mar 4 - 5:15 PM

Dodgers and RHP Kenley Jansen avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.3 million contract.

Jansen requested $5.05 million and was offered $3.5 million from the Dodgers when arbitration figures were exchanged last month, so the two sides settled just above the midpoint. The 26-year-old was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter.
Feb 11 - 3:23 PM

Kenley Jansen requested $5.05 million and was offered $3.5 million from the Dodgers when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

The final total is likely to be somewhere in the middle, around $4.25 million. The 26-year-old flame-thrower has developed into one of the most dominating closers in the game and will lead an extremely strong and revamped Dodger bullpen in 2014. He should be one of the first five closers off the board in every fantasy draft.
Jan 17 - 8:01 PM

Kenley Jansen secured his 28th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning on Tuesday against the Giants.

Jansen surrendered a single and struck out two batters, requiring 23 pitches to escape the inning. He's struck out seven batters in his last three innings. The flame-throwing right-hander is 28-for-32 in save conversions with a 1.90 ERA and 109 strikeouts in 75 2/3 innings.
Wed, Sep 25, 2013 01:37:00 AM

Kenley Jansen slammed the door on the Padres in dominating fashion on Sunday, striking out all three hitters he faced to preserve a one-run lead.

The flame-throwing right-hander needed just 11 pitches to punch the heart of the Padres order in impressive fashion. He now sports a 1.93 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 107/16 K/BB ratio through 74 2/3 innings on the season, while converting 27 of his 31 save chances. He remains one of the truly elite closer options in fantasy leagues.
Sun, Sep 22, 2013 07:03:00 PM

Kenley Jansen nailed down his 26th save of the season with a perfect ninth inning in Thursday's win over the Diamondbacks.

Like most of Jansen's saves, it was painless, as he got a pair of strikeouts and then a flyout to end it. Jansen has converted 26-of-30 save opportunities on the year and holds a 1.95 ERA with a ridiculous 104/16 K/BB ratio across 73 2/3 frames.
Thu, Sep 19, 2013 07:31:00 PM

Kenley Jansen picked up his 24th save in Sunday's win over the Padres.

He needed only 14 pitches and finished with two strikeouts. Jansen is 24-of-27 in save opportunities this season and has a 1.86 ERA and 0.78 WHIP over 67 2/3 innings.
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 09:29:00 PM

Kenley Jansen struck out two in a perfect ninth inning to earn his 22nd save on Friday against the Red Sox.

Jansen is the closest thing to "lights out" that we have in the majors right now. The right-hander has only allowed one run in 10 1/3 innings over 10 August appearances. He boasts a 1.95 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and an insane 92/11 K/BB ratio.
Sat, Aug 24, 2013 12:40:00 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1A.J. Ellis
2Tim Federowicz
3Drew Butera
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2B1Dee Gordon
2Justin Turner
SS1Hanley Ramirez
3B1Juan Uribe
LF1Carl Crawford
2Scott Van Slyke
3Chone Figgins
CF1Matt Kemp
2Andre Ethier
RF1Yasiel Puig
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Zack Greinke
3Hyun-Jin Ryu
4Dan Haren
5Josh Beckett
6Paul Maholm
7Chad Billingsley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kenley Jansen
2Brian Wilson
3J.P. Howell
4Chris Perez
5Chris Withrow
6Jamey Wright
7Brandon League
8Scott Elbert
9Onelki Garcia