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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 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

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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

Kenley Jansen recorded his 10th save of the season with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless ball against the Nationals in Wednesday's 2-1 win.

Jansen came on to retire Ryan Zimmerman with two outs and a runner on third in the eighth inning, then tossed a scoreless ninth with one strikeout to pick up save No. 10. He threw 15 pitches (11 for strikes) in the slightly extended outing. For the season as a whole, Jansen is now 10-for-10 in save chances and has pitched to a 1.11 ERA, 0.66 WHIP and a silly 41/0 K/BB ratio over 24 1/3 frames.
Jun 7 - 6:28 PM

Kenley Jansen struck out four batters over two scoreless innings and notched the win in the Dodgers’ extra-inning victory over the Brewers on Friday.

The Dodgers and Brewers combined for 42 strikeouts. The Dodgers’ pitchers notched 26 of them to set a new franchise record. Jansen, who escaped a jam in the 12th after Cody Bellinger put the Dodgers ahead in the top of the frame, also made some history of his own. He has now struck out 39 batters without issuing a walk to begin the season, which is a new major league record.
Jun 3 - 12:45 AM

Kenley Jansen worked a perfect 10th inning in Tuesday's win against the Pirates, striking out two batters in the tidy 11-pitch appearance.

It wasn't a save chance but Jansen certainly helped out his fantasy owners with his second relief win while lowering his ERA to 1.42. The closer hasn't allowed an earned run over his past 10 2/3 innings across 11 appearances dating back to April 9 when he coughed up his only earned runs of the season at Coors Field in Denver.
May 10 - 4:46 AM

Kenley Jansen struck out the only hitter that he faced on Sunday, recording a one-out save against the Phillies.

Jansen was summoned to protect a two-run lead after Grant Dayton had given up a two-run homer to Odubel Herrera in the ninth. Jansen has been his usual, spectacular self this season, converting each of his first seven save chances while registering a 1.86 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 17/0 K/BB ratio in 9 2/3 innings.
Apr 30 - 7:26 PM

Kenley Jansen worked around two singles while recording four outs Tuesday at San Francisco for his fifth save of the season.

Jansen threw 15 of his 22 pitches for strikes in his first action since April 19. He has recorded four outs in each of his past three appearances as manager Dave Roberts bucks the usual trend of limiting his closer to just the ninth inning. It isn't affecting Jansen negatively, as he has worked 5 1/3 scoreless innings over his past five appearances and he is 5-for-5 on save chances this season.
Apr 26 - 2:47 AM

Kenley Jansen allowed a hit in the ninth inning but held the Cubs scoreless for his second save on Wednesday.

Anthony Rizzo singled to center with one out but Jansen retired the next two batters without difficulty as he usually does. The only surprise is that he didn't register a strikeout in the inning. He has been an elite closer for the last five years and that is unlikely to change any time soon. He has allowed one run with three strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings of work thus far.
Apr 13 - 12:39 AM

Kenley Jansen intends to pitch for Team Netherlands in the championship round of the World Baseball Classic.

The championship round will take place in Dodger Stadium, so it's only fitting that Jansen will participate. He hasn't been lights out so far in spring training, but Team Netherlands should feel secure in the late innings.
Mar 15 - 11:24 AM

Kenley Jansen allowed one run on two hits and a walk Tuesday in his Cactus League appearance against the Reds.

Jansen was called into the game to open the top of the fifth and walked the first batter he faced. He then induced a groundout from Tucker Barnhart, but Dilson Herrera and Jose Peraza both singled -- with Peraza's single driving home a run. Jansen has yielded a run in each of his three appearances so far in the Cactus League, but it's nothing to get worked up about here in mid-March.
Mar 14 - 7:46 PM

Kenley Jansen will make his Cactus League debut on Thursday.

Jansen was originally expected to make his debut on Wednesday. He has been shifted back a day, but there is no injury concern here. The flame-throwing closer re-upped with Dodgers on a five-year, $80 million contract in early January after registering a 2016 campaign in which he put up a 1.83 ERA, 0.67 WHIP and 104/11 K/BB ratio over the course of 68 2/3 frames. He notched saves in 47-of-53 opportunities last season.
Mar 1 - 3:14 PM

Kenley Jansen said that he would not be playing for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.

Jansen -- who re-upped with the Dodgers on a five-year, $80 million contract on Tuesday -- isn't the only member of his squad that will be skipping the World Baseball Classic. Kenta Maeda is expected to likewise tell Team Japan that he will not be participating. In addition, president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said that Clayton Kershaw was unlikely to pitch in the event.
Jan 11 - 7:30 PM

Dodgers re-signed RHP Kenley Jansen to a five-year, $80 million contract.

The deal was agreed to back on December 12 -- nearly a full month ago -- but there was no hurry to take the physical and sign the necessary paperwork given the familiarity between all of the involved parties. It is now officially official. Jansen will return as the Dodgers' closer for 2017 and beyond after posting a brilliant 1.83 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and 104/11 K/BB ratio across 68 2/3 innings last year in that role. He also drew serious free agent interest from the Marlins and Nationals, among others.
Jan 10 - 4:54 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yasmani Grandal
2Austin Barnes
1B1Cody Bellinger
2Adrian Gonzalez
3Rob Segedin
2B1Logan Forsythe
2Chase Utley
SS1Corey Seager
3B1Justin Turner
LF1Chris Taylor
2Franklin Gutierrez
3Andre Ethier
4Andrew Toles
CF1Joc Pederson
2Enrique Hernandez
RF1Yasiel Puig
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Rich Hill
3Alex Wood
4Hyun-Jin Ryu
5Brandon McCarthy
6Kenta Maeda
7Scott Kazmir
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kenley Jansen
2Sergio Romo
3Pedro Baez
4Adam Liberatore
5Luis Avilan
6Chris Hatcher
7Grant Dayton
8Brock Stewart
9Yimi Garcia