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Kenley Jansen | Relief Pitcher | #74

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 9/30/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 270
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / UDFA / LA
Contract: view contract details

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Kenley Jansen notched a four-out save Monday against the Pirates for his 22nd save of the season.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was serious about not getting swept, so he brought in Jansen to face Josh Harrison with two outs and nobody on in the eighth. Jansen responded by striking out Harrison swinging to end the frame. He retired the first two batters he faced in the ninth, including a strikeout of Gregory Polanco, but he issued a two-out walk to John Jaso. Jaso stole second base to move into scoring position, but Jansen was able to get Jordy Mercer on a fly out to end it. Jansen hasn’t allowed a run in his last seven appearances and owns a 1.42 ERA and 37/5 K/BB ratio over 31 2/3 innings on the year. Jun 27 - 4:32 PM

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Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth Monday against the Nationals to move into first place on the Dodgers' save list.

Jansen passed Eric Gagne with his 162nd career save. He's earned 20 of those this season.
Jun 21 - 1:16 AM

Kenley Jansen fanned all three batters he faced while recording his 18th save in Tuesday's 7-4 win over the Diamondbacks.

Jansen came on for the ninth inning with the Dodgers holding a 7-4 lead. He kept it right there, striking out Chris Herrmann, Rickie Weeks and Welington Castillo to polish off the win and pick up the save. Jansen is now 18-for-21 in save chances with a 1.78 ERA and 28/4 K/BB ratio across 25 1/3 innings.
Jun 15 - 1:02 AM

Kenley Jansen blew his first save of the year after giving up a two-run homer to Melvin Upton Jr. on Friday.

The walkoff blast in a one-run game also handed Jansen his first loss. His ERA jumped from 0.55 to 1.62.
May 21 - 2:20 AM

Kenley Jansen pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless ball to secure his 11th save of the season in Sunday's win over the Blue Jays.

The Dodgers held a 3-2 lead with two outs in the eighth inning when Jansen trotted in from the bullpen. The Blue Jays weren't exactly threatening -- Michael Saunders was on first at the time of Jansen's entrance -- but manager Dave Roberts took no chances. The flamethrowing right-hander induced a Jose Bautista line out to preserve the lead. He would allow a Justin Smoak double in the ninth inning, but clamped down to notch save No. 11 without further incident. With that performance in the books, Jansen is now 11-for-11 in save chances and holds a 0.68 ERA and 14/1 K/BB ratio across 13 1/3 innings.
May 8 - 4:34 PM

Kenley Jansen worked a flawless 9th inning in a 4-1 victory over the Rockies on Saturday, picking up save number eight.

Jansen is overwhelming on the mound. He struck out Ryan Raburn to kick off the inning and got Ben Paulsen and Tony Wolters to weakly fly and ground out, respectively. Overall, the right-hander hasn't given up a run or a walk all year, which pretty much sums up his flavor of filth when he gets the ball in a save situation.
Apr 24 - 12:00 AM

Kenley Jansen continued to be fantastic on Wednesday, throwing a perfect 10th inning to slam the door on the Braves in a 5-3 victory.

Jansen has seven strikeouts and zero walks in 6 2/3 innings this year. He's allowed no runs. By almost any measure, he's been perfect. He still does his best Mariano Rivera impression, too, chucking cutter after cutter, begging opposing batters to hit it. They rarely can. There's a legitimate argument to be made that he's the best closer in the game right now.
Apr 20 - 11:30 PM

Kenley Jansen secured his fourth save of the 2016 campaign on Sunday, working a scoreless ninth inning to protect a two-run lead over the Giants.

Jansen allowed a leadoff single to Buster Posey but managed to retire the next three hitters in order without any issue. The 28-year-old hasn't allowed a run in 5 2/3 innings on the season while registering a 6/0 K/BB ratio. He remains one of the truly elite ninth-inning options in all of baseball.
Apr 17 - 10:56 PM

Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn his fourth save of the season in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Diamondbacks.

Jansen turned in a five-out save on Wednesday, but he looked no worse for the extra wear a day later. Entering the ninth inning of Thursday's contest with his squad holding a 5-2 lead, Jansen proceeded to induce grounders from David Peralta and Jake Lamb, with a Brandon Drury strikeout sandwiched in-between. 10 of his 14 pitches went for strikes. It would figure that manager Dave Roberts would probably try to give Jansen a breather soon. The Dodgers host the Giants for a three-game set this weekend.
Apr 15 - 1:04 AM

Kenley Jansen got a five-out save Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.

Dave Roberts hasn't exactly looked adept at managing a bullpen thus far, but it's still really early. Anyway, his mistakes tonight were less asking for five outs from Jansen and more about the decisions leading up to that one. Jansen got the job done with ease, and given that he had pitched just two innings coming in, there are no concerns about his workload right now.
Apr 14 - 1:34 AM

Kenley Jansen collected his second save of the season in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Giants.

Los Angeles pushed the game into extra innings with a ninth-inning rally off Giants closer Santiago Casilla and then Charlie Culberson put the Dodgers ahead with an RBI double in the top of the 10th. Jansen preserved that comeback effort with a 1-2-3 frame in the bottom of the 10th, recording one strikeout. He's got a shot at 40 saves this year as the stopper for a very good Dodgers team.
Apr 9 - 8:23 PM

Kenley Jansen suffered a small gash below his left eye after he was hit by a thrown ball during batting practice Monday.

Jansen didn't require any stitches, so things could have been a lot worse. He wasn't needed in Monday's game, as the Dodgers blew out the Padres, but it sounds like he'll be good to go for a save chance whenever it comes along.
Apr 4 - 11:12 PM

Kenley Jansen said Thursday that he will not discuss a contract extension during the season.

In other words, he's going to test out free agency next offseason. It doesn't sound like extension talks ever got going, as Jansen there hadn't been any buzz earlier this offseason and Jansen says there's "nothing going on" now. "I'm not going to talk about it," he said. "They need me here right now. I'll be the leadership for the bullpen. I'll try to help the team win and get to the playoffs, and hopefully we can get to the World Series. I'll just want to talk about that in October."
Apr 1 - 8:14 AM

Kenley Jansen said Saturday that the Dodgers have yet to talk to him about a potential contract extension.

The right-hander is set to earn $10.65 million in 2016, his final year of arbitration. One of the most dominant closers in the league, the prevailing wisdom is that the Dodgers will do everything in their power to lock him up long term before letting him hit free agency after the upcoming season.
Feb 20 - 11:22 AM

Dodgers and RHP Kenley Jansen avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year $10.65 million contract.

Jansen will be getting a nice paycheck in what will be his walk year. The dominant closer has certainly earned it, boasting a career 2.28 ERA and absurd 528 strikeouts across 340 career innings. He'll be an elite fantasy closer again in 2016.
Jan 15 - 3:16 PM

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