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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
Contract: view contract details

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Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth, striking out two, for a save Friday against the Padres.
After all of those velocity concerns during the first couple of weeks, Jansen is throwing about as hard as ever now and he's pitched 11 scoreless innings in his last 10 appearances. He's 11-for-13 in save chances, with both blown saves coming in the Dodgers' first 16 games of the year. May 26 - 12:46 AM

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Kenley Jansen punched out three hitters in the ninth inning on Wednesday, preserving a 3-0 victory against the Rockies.

Jansen did allow a two-out single to Trevor Story, but nothing came of it. He has righted the ship after his early-season struggles and looks to be rounding back into elite form. He now sports a 2.91 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 23/6 K/BB ratio in 21 2/3 innings on the season while converting 10 of his first 12 save chances.
May 24 - 12:58 AM

Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth against the Rockies on Tuesday to pick up his ninth save of the season.

Jansen did allow one hit -- a ground-rule double to Chris Iannetta -- but he was able to keep Iannetta from crossing and didn't allow any other runners. After his infamous struggles out of the gate to being 2018, Jansen now has his ERA down to 3.05, and his WHIP drops to 1.11 on the year.
May 23 - 1:13 AM

Kenley Jansen threw a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout for his eighth save of the season in Game 2 of a doubleheader on Saturday in Washington.

Jansen worked both ends of the double dip, converting his sixth consecutive save opportunity. He had a rough first month this season, but he has snapped back into his All-Star form. Jansen has allowed just three hits with no walks and six strikeouts while posting a 0.00 ERA across his past eight innings and seven appearances. He's back, ladies and gentlemen!
May 20 - 12:26 AM

Kenley Jansen rattled off a 1-2-3 ninth inning to lock down a save against the Nationals on Saturday.

He came on to protect a three-run advantage in the final frame and made an easy job of it. Unlike prior seasons, Jansen has not always made a habit of easy saves this year. He has seven saves with a 3.38 ERA and 1.18 WHIP.
May 19 - 5:46 PM

Kenley Jansen turned in a perfect nine-pitch ninth inning for his sixth save on Wednesday against Arizona.

Jansen is starting to snap back into form after a rough start to his season. He has converted each of his past four save chances while allowing just one earned run over his past nine innings. This impressive showing was his second perfect inning over his pat three appearances. Fantasy owners can finally breathe a sigh of relief.
May 10 - 3:08 AM

Kenley Jansen allowed an earned run, a hit and a walk in an inning of work Wednesday in Arizona for his fourth save.

Jansen threw 11 of his 19 pitches for strikes, but it wasn't a clean outing. He entered with four scoreless relief outings and he had been turning it around after a rough start. Hopefully his outing on Wednesday was just a small hiccup. Manager Dave Roberts claimed earlier in the month that Jansen wasn't skating on thin ice as the closer, and he has responded with a solid run.
May 3 - 2:15 AM

Kenley Jansen allowed two unearned runs and one hit with two strikeouts in a non-save situation on Wednesday against the Marlins.

To be fair, the defense behind him caused his troubles as he pounded the strike zone 15 times on 20 pitches. However, he still sits with a 5.59 ERA through 10 appearances over 9 2/3 innings. The Dodgers appear willing to let him work through his issues in the closer's role, and manager Dave Roberts is on record a week ago claiming Jansen is not skating on thin ice.
Apr 26 - 12:08 AM

Kenley Jansen earned his third save of the season on Sunday, working a scoreless ninth inning to protect a one-run lead against the Nationals.

As has been the case throughout the season with Jansen, it wasn't easy. He allowed consecutive singles from Matt Adams and Wilmer Difo to begin the inning, before fanning Andrew Stevenson and Trea Turner and getting Howie Kendrick on a deep fly ball. Jansen now owns a 6.23 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 10/4 K/BB ratio through 8 2/3 innings on the season.
Apr 22 - 11:34 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters that Kenley Jansen is in no danger of losing his closing job.

"I think we’re a ways from that," Roberts said. "I think he’s earned that. Sometimes with a guy like that with his track record, you’ve got to let him work things out." Jansen has not looked like himself to begin 2018, and he's given up six runs in his eight appearances after allowing just 10 in 2017. Period. Jansen should be fine in the long-term, but you can't help but wonder if the 30-year-old closer is completely healthy. It's a situation worth monitoring, at the very least.
Apr 18 - 9:21 PM

Kenley Jansen allowed two earned runs, two hits and a walk with two strikeouts for his second blown save of the season Tuesday in San Diego.

Jansen entered the game with the Dodgers up 3-1, but he yielded a solo homer to Eric Hosmer and a game-tying double to pinch hitter Chase Headley, who entered the day hitting .038. He has already blown more saves than he did in his superb 2017 season campaign, when he converted 41 of his 42 regular-season save chances. It's hard to imagine manager Dave Roberts going away from Jansen, but he is going to need to turn it around soon. An 8.10 ERA for a closer simply will not do. Los Angeles did wind up winning Tuesday's game over the Padres in 12 innings.
Apr 18 - 4:21 AM

Kenley Jansen retired the only two batters he faced in Tuesday's appearance against the A's to nail down his second save of the season.

Jansen was tagged for four runs for a loss and a blown save across his first two outings. However, he has settled in for three consecutive scoreless appearances, including his first perfect appearance in Tuesday's outing. He has saves in each of his past two appearances and is finally looking like the stud fantasy closer he was drafted to be after a rough go of it early on.
Apr 11 - 1:17 AM

Kenley Jansen struck out three Giants in a scoreless 10th inning Sunday, closing out a 2-1 win for his first save of the year.

It's hard to believe that Jansen, widely believed to be the league's top closer heading into the season, recorded his first save on April 8, but it's been a strange start to the year for the right-hander. His velocity was still lacking Sunday -- he touched 93 mph but was sitting 91-92 mph with his cut fastball -- but he got the job done, working around a one-out Hunter Pence single to preserve the one-run lead. There's reason to be legitimately concerned about the 30-year-old, but it's hard to do anything about it at the moment, with the Dodgers not publicly acknowledging any sort of injury and Jansen still getting the call to close games for one of the league's best teams last year. At any rate, Sunday was a step in the right direction for Jansen and the Dodgers.
Apr 8 - 9:34 PM

Kenley Jansen said after Monday's blown save that he's healthy and is trying to work through some mechanical kinks with Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt.

Jansen uncharacteristically walked two hitters before giving up a game-tying three-run homer to Chris Owings on Monday. His velocity was up a tick from Friday's appearance -- in which he gave up a game-winning solo homer to Joe Panik -- but still not quite back to normal. It's only natural to wonder if something isn't quite right physically, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after the game that his staff is telling him that he's "100 percent healthy." Jansen figures to find it eventually and be the normal dominant closer he's always been, but it never hurts to speculate in fantasy leauges. Josh Fields and Scott Alexander are among the stashes to keep in mind.
Apr 3 - 9:47 AM

Kenley Jansen blew his first save opportunity of 2018 by allowing three runs in the ninth in an extra-innings loss to the Diamondbacks on Monday.

Jansen started off well by getting two quick outs, but he then walked two hitters -- the first time he's walked two hitters in an inning since 2016 -- and gave up a game-tying homer to Chris Owings. Jansen hasn't looked good in his first two outings, and you can't help but wonder if he's operating at full health right now. He should be fine, but it's no doubt a disappointing start to the season from one of the best closers in all of baseball.
Apr 3 - 3:33 AM

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