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Kenley Jansen | Relief Pitcher | #74

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/30/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 275
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / UDFA / LA
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Kenley Jansen retired all three batters he faced in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday as the Dodgers beat the Cubs in Game 3 of the NLCS.
Jansen was brought into a 6-1 game after Ross Stripling gave up back-to-back hits to open the bottom of the ninth and the hard-throwing closer needed just 12 total pitches to put out the fire and seal the big Game 3 victory for Los Angeles. Jansen has not allowed a run in the 2017 postseason and he holds a 12/1 K/BB ratio in seven innings. Oct 18 - 12:49 AM

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Kenley Jansen earned a four-out save Saturday against the Cubs in Game 1 of the NLCS.

All four of his outs came by way of the strikeout, a thoroughly dominant showing from the right-hander. He did it against the heart of the Cubs' order, too, retiring Kris Bryant to end the eighth inning before striking out Anthony Rizzo, Willson Contreras and Ian Happ to end it. Jansen now has eight strikeouts in five scoreless innings of work this postseason.
Oct 14 - 11:41 PM

Kenley Jansen spun a scoreless ninth inning to record the save as the Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks on Monday to advance to the NLCS.

Jansen permitted a one-out single to David Peralta to bring the tying run to the dish, but he got Ketel Marte to ground out and won a battle with Paul Goldschmidt, striking him out to end it. The closer pitched in all three games of the series, allowing just an unearned run.
Oct 10 - 1:58 AM

Kenley Jansen retired five batters to record the save in Saturday's NLDS Game 2 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Jansen came on in relief of Josh Fields with a runner on second and one out in the eighth inning with the Dodgers holding a three-run lead. He needed a mere 18 pitches to record five outs, striking out a pair of batters along the way. In 23 career postseason innings, Jansen now holds a 2.35 ERA and 37/10 K/BB ratio.
Oct 8 - 8:56 AM

Kenley Jansen allowed just one hit with two strikeouts over 1 1/3 innings in Saturday's game at Colorado for his 41st save.

Jansen uncorked a wild pitch, and he needed 20 pitches to record his four outs. Still, he enters the final day of the regular season with just one blown save in 42 save chances while posting a sparkling 1.32 ERA and 0.75 WHIP.
Oct 1 - 2:39 AM

Kenley Jansen retired the side in order in the ninth inning to earn a save against the Nationals on Saturday.

It was a rare game without a strikeout for Jansen but his owners will happily take the clean inning and the save. He is 5-0 with 38 saves (and only one blown save) and a 1.27 ERA on the season. He has an outstanding 101 strikeouts and just 7 walks in 63 2/3 innings.
Sep 16 - 4:29 PM

Kenley Jansen worked three singles allowed in 1 1/3 scoreless innings of work for his 37th save of the season on Tuesday in San Francisco.

Jansen has been a little more hittable lately, allowing six hits across his past 3 1/3 innings, but he still has blown just one of his 38 save chances this season. It was his first save since Sept. 1 due to the team's recent 11-game losing streak.
Sep 13 - 2:41 AM

Kenley Jansen struck out the side to net his 34th save of the season on Tuesday in Pittsburgh.

Jansen with a one-run lead is usually drama-free. With a three-run lead it's game over. He went through Jordy Mercer, Sean Rodriguez and Starling Marte with ease, recording two of his strikeouts via swinging strike threes.
Aug 22 - 11:17 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yasmani Grandal
2Austin Barnes
3Kyle Farmer
1B1Cody Bellinger
2Adrian Gonzalez
2B1Logan Forsythe
2Chase Utley
3Charlie Culberson
4Tim Locastro
SS1Corey Seager
3B1Justin Turner
LF1Curtis Granderson
2Franklin Gutierrez
3Andre Ethier
4O'Koyea Dickson
5Andrew Toles
CF1Chris Taylor
2Enrique Hernandez
3Alex Verdugo
4Trayce Thompson
RF1Yasiel Puig
2Joc Pederson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Yu Darvish
3Alex Wood
4Rich Hill
5Kenta Maeda
6Hyun-Jin Ryu
7Brandon McCarthy
8Brock Stewart
9Scott Kazmir
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kenley Jansen
2Pedro Baez
3Tony Watson
4Brandon Morrow
5Luis Avilan
6Grant Dayton
7Tony Cingrani
8Ross Stripling
9Josh Fields
10Edward Paredes
11Josh Ravin
12Walker Buehler
13Adam Liberatore
14Yimi Garcia