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Kenley Jansen | Relief Pitcher | #74

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/30/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 275
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / UDFA / LA
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Kenley Jansen notched one strikeout in a scoreless ninth inning to earn a save in a 3-0 interleague win over the Tigers.
Pinch-hitter Alex Presley reached base on catcher's interference with two outs but it didn't faze Jansen, who quickly induced Jose Iglesias into a game-ending groundout. Jansen now has 33 saves in 34 chances. He owns a 1.33 ERA with 84 strikeouts and five walks in 54 1/3 innings. Aug 19 - 7:44 PM

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Kenley Jansen fired off a scoreless ninth inning for his 30th save of the season in Thursday's win over the Diamondbacks.

Jansen came on in the ninth with the Dodgers leading 8-6. No worries, there, as Jansen recorded the final three outs without issue. He did so throwing just seven pitches. That is just the way this season has been going for the ace closer, who is pitching to a beautiful 1.25 ERA, 0.66 WHIP and 77/5 K/BB ratio in 50 1/3 innings. Jansen is 30-for-31 in save chances this year.
Aug 11 - 1:39 AM

Kenley Jansen allowed a couple singles and a walk but did not allow a run as he earned a save against the Giants on Saturday.

He was brought in to protect a one-run lead and got the job done. With the help of a double-play ball, Jansen was able to pitch around a free pass and two singles. It was just the fourth walk he has issued all season against 69 strikeouts. The former catching prospect now has 27 saves and a 1.36 ERA in 46 1/3 innings.
Jul 29 - 7:07 PM

Kenley Jansen struck out three batters while recording his 26th save via a perfect ninth in Friday's win over the Giants.

Beautiful work by Jansen, who came on to pitch the ninth with the Dodgers holding a hard-earned 6-4 lead. He would keep it right there, striking out Brandon Crawford, Jae-gyun Hwang and Nick Hundley in successive fashion. Even more impressive, he needed just 13 pitches -- 11 of which went for strikes -- to polish off the save. Jansen owns a 1.39 ERA, 0.64 WHIP and 68/3 K/BB ratio across 45 1/3 frames. He is 26-for-27 in save chances.
Jul 29 - 1:07 AM

Kenley Jansen earned his fifth victory of the season on Wednesday, working a scoreless ninth inning against the Twins.

Jansen made things interesting, allowing a leadoff double to Max Kepler who advanced to third on a ground ball. He battled back nicely though, whiffing Jason Castro and Jorge Polanco to escape. He has compiled a ridiculous 1.42 ERA, 0.65 WHIP and 65/3 K/BB ratio over 44 1/3 innings on the season.
Jul 27 - 1:47 AM

Kenley Jansen allowed a walk with a strikeout in a hitless and scoreless ninth inning in Monday's win against Minnesota.

The All-Star Jansen nailed down his 25th save, bouncing back from his first blown chance of the season on Sunday afternoon against Atlanta. By his lofty standards, Jansen has had two shaky outings in a row. And the fact he has thrown 34 pitches over the past two days might mean he is unavailable Tuesday should a save chance arise.
Jul 25 - 4:36 AM

Kenley Jansen blew his first save of the season when he surrendered a three-run, game-tying home run to Matt Adams in the ninth inning of Sunday's 5-4, 10-inning win over the Braves.

Jansen was struggling by degrees even before Adams socked the game-tying home run with two outs, having allowed singles to Freddie Freeman and Matt Kemp to initially put the Dodgers' 4-1 lead in jeopardy. Blown save aside, Jansen has been brilliant overall. He owns a 1.49 ERA, 0.64 WHIP and 62/2 K/BB ratio for the season as a whole and is now 24-of-25 in save chances.
Jul 23 - 8:24 PM

Kenley Jansen earned a four-out save Sunday in the Dodgers' victory over the Marlins.

Jansen gave up an RBI single to Christian Yelich in the bottom of the eighth, but that run was charged to Brandon Morrow. The dominating Dodgers closer worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth to seal a 3-2 win for Los Angeles. It was his 23rd save of the season.
Jul 16 - 4:39 PM

Kenley Jansen tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off the Dodgers’ 6-4 victory over the Marlins on Friday.

Jansen notched one strikeout in the frame and needed just 13 pitches to lock down his 22nd save of the season. The Dodgers have now won 27 out of their last 31 games.
Jul 14 - 10:36 PM

Kenley Jansen worked a perfect nine-pitch ninth inning for his 21st save of the season Friday against the Royals.

The All-Star is a perfect 21-for-21 on save opportunities this season, and he has allowed just two earned runs over his past 34 2/3 innings since April 9. The closer is showing no signs of slowing down and might just be the best in the business at the moment.
Jul 8 - 4:57 AM

Kenley Jansen worked around a hit while posting two strikeouts in a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.

Jansen has managed 20 saves while sporting a stellar 1.01 ERA. While he angered some Dodgers fans with his comments criticizing their All-Star voting ethic, there is no angering fans when it comes to his performance on the field. He has allowed just two earned runs over his past 33 2/3 innings dating back to April 9.
Jul 6 - 4:34 AM

Kenley Jansen recorded save No. 16 on the season with 1 1/3 scoreless innings in Thursday's 6-3 win over the Mets.

Jansen came on with two runners on and two out in the eighth inning. The Dodgers led 6-3 at that time. A Cody Bellinger error on a Jose Reyes grounder would then load the bases to raise the stakes that much more, but Jansen was able to escape that jam when he induced a first-pitch pop up from a pinch-hitting Michael Conforto to end the frame. He turned in a 1-2-3 ninth to finish the game. The ace closer is pitching to a brilliant 0.87 ERA, 0.55 WHIP and 50/0 K/BB ratio across 31 innings. He is a perfect 16-for-16 in save chances this season.
Jun 23 - 1:53 AM

Kenley Jansen struck out two batters in a clean ninth inning Sunday as the Dodgers beat the Reds 8-7.

Los Angeles was up 8-1 at one point, but the Reds made it a game against the Dodgers' bullpen. That is, until Jansen took the mound. He induced a pop-out from Adam Duvall and then punched out Scott Schebler and Eugenio Suarez to earn his 15th save of 2017. Jansen holds a dominant 0.91 ERA, 0.57 WHIP, and 50/0 K/BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings this season.
Jun 18 - 4:59 PM

Kenley Jansen struck out one batter in a clean ninth inning to earn a save against the Indians on Wednesday.

The Dodgers have won 41 games but have presented Jansen with only 13 save opportunities. He has successfully converted all of them. Jansen should be considered the best closer in the game right now. He has a 4-0 record with a 0.98 ERA in 27 2/3 innings. He has 45 strikeouts and has not issued a single walk all year.
Jun 15 - 12:53 AM

Kenley Jansen entered in a tie ballgame Saturday against the Reds, working a perfect ninth inning for a relief win.

Jansen improved to 4-0 while lowering his ERA to a microscopic 1.07. He has allowed just one earned run over his past 22 1/3 innings dating back to April 9. More impressive is the fact he has 42 strikeouts without issuing one free pass over his 25 1/3 innings.
Jun 11 - 4:49 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yasmani Grandal
2Austin Barnes
1B1Cody Bellinger
2Adrian Gonzalez
2B1Logan Forsythe
2Chase Utley
SS1Corey Seager
3B1Justin Turner
LF1Curtis Granderson
2Franklin Gutierrez
3Andre Ethier
4Andrew Toles
CF1Chris Taylor
2Enrique Hernandez
RF1Curtis Granderson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Yu Darvish
3Alex Wood
4Rich Hill
5Kenta Maeda
6Hyun-Jin Ryu
7Brandon McCarthy
8Scott Kazmir
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kenley Jansen
2Pedro Baez
3Tony Watson
4Brandon Morrow
5Luis Avilan
6Grant Dayton
7Tony Cingrani
8Ross Stripling
9Josh Fields
10Edward Paredes
11Yimi Garcia
12Adam Liberatore