Kenley Jansen Has Faced 100 Batters This Season And Has Walked Zero Of Them
On Wednesday night, Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen locked down his 13th save of the season when he retired all three Cleveland Indians hitters he faced in the ninth. Those three Tribe hitters were the 98th, 99th and 100th batters that he’s faced in 2017. He didn’t walk any of those three, nor did he walk any of the batters one through 97 that he’s faced this season.
At the end of May, the Dodgers left an apology note in Jansen’s locker because the team kept putting games out of reach, meaning that there were no save situations for Jansen. He recorded one save the whole month. Roughly two weeks into June, he’s appeared in seven games and he’s saved five of them. The two games he didn’t earn a save, he earned a win.
You could make the case that he’s been the Dodgers’ MVP so far this year, as the team is 25-3 in games that he’s appeared in. Clayton Kershaw might have something to say about that, though. LA is 12-2 when Kershaw takes the mound. But as far as relievers go, there have been 176 relievers who have made at least 20 appearances this season and Jansen is second to Craig Kimbrel in WHIP (0.58), sixth in ERA (0.98) and strikeouts per nine innings (14.64), and he’s the only reliever who hasn’t walked a single batter. On top of all that, he’s only allowed three earned runs all year. Only Pat Neshek (2) and Dellin Betances (1) have allowed fewer (min. 20 appearances).
The Dodgers come into today tied for second place with the Dbacks, a game behind the first-place Rockies. There’s plenty of baseball left to be played this year, but imagine having to go into a one-game playoff scenario against the Dodgers where you’ve got Kershaw on the mound to start and Jansen waiting in the bullpen behind him. No thanks.