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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
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Kenley Jansen slammed the door on the Cardinals in the ninth inning on Sunday, working a scoreless frame to protect a three-run advantage.
Jansen induced a ground ball from Kolten Wong, then fanned Alberto Rosario and Randal Grichuk to retire the Cardinals without issue. He has once against been one of the most dominant closers in baseball this season, compiling a 1.45 ERA and 0.69 WHIP while converting 29 saves in 34 chances. Jul 25 - 12:01 AM

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Kenley Jansen blew his fifth save of the season Friday against the Cardinals.

The Dodgers pulled in front in the top of the ninth inning thanks to a solo homer off the bat of the red-hot Justin Turner, but the Cardinals answered right back in the bottom of the frame with a game-tying blast from the equally-hot Jedd Gyorko. Jansen came into Friday’s action having allowed just one home run over his first 41 2/3 innings of work this season. Hey, he was probably due for an off-night. He remains one of the game’s best.
Jul 23 - 1:04 AM

Kenley Jansen allowed a hit but tossed a scoreless frame to pick up his 28th save of the season in Thursday's win over the Nationals.

Daniel Murphy flew out after a 10-pitch battle and Bryce Harper then singled, but Jansen set the Nats down easily after that. He's blown four saves this season but remains one of the best closers in the game with a 1.30 ERA and 0.70 WHIP.
Jul 21 - 4:12 PM

Kenley Jansen pitched a spotless ninth inning with two strikeouts to preserve his 26th save of the season.

One of the best closers in the league, Jansen has 49 strikeouts and only five walks in 37 2/3 innings with a 1.29 ERA. He has allowed only 18 hits and one home run.
Jul 9 - 10:22 PM

Kenley Jansen struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday against the Brewers to earn his 23rd save.

Jansen required just 10 pitches to finish the deed. The save was his eighth appearance in a row without allowing a run, lowering his ERA to 1.38 for the year. The right-hander has a 0.67 WHIP and 39/5 K/BB ratio over 32 2/3 innings this season.
Jun 29 - 12:45 AM

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

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

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PosRoleName
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3Austin Barnes
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2B1Howie Kendrick
2Chase Utley
SS1Corey Seager
2Chris Taylor
3B1Justin Turner
LF1Trayce Thompson
2Andre Ethier
3Scott Van Slyke
CF1Joc Pederson
2Enrique Hernandez
3Andrew Toles
RF1Yasiel Puig
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PosRoleName
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Hyun-Jin Ryu
3Scott Kazmir
4Kenta Maeda
5Alex Wood
6Brandon McCarthy
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8Brett Anderson
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PosRoleName
R1Kenley Jansen
2Chris Hatcher
3J.P. Howell
4Pedro Baez
5Yimi Garcia
6Joe Blanton
7Josh Ravin
8Louis Coleman
9Luis Avilan
10Adam Liberatore
11Ross Stripling
12Casey Fien
13Chin-Hui Tsao