Dodger’s closer Kenley Jansen has won the Trevor Hoffman NL reliever of the year award and I think it’s time we appreciate him. Kenley is the former catcher that captured our hearts and frustrated batters with his baffling and at times unhittable cutter for the last seven seasons. Jansen is entering his first free agent year and it is very likely he will end up pitching for another club in 2017.
So we should greatly appreciate Jansen’s unique talent especially when Pedro Baez or Grant Dayton are blowing games in the late innings next year. Kenley finished 2016 with a 1.83 ERA and 47 saves in 71 games. He struck out 104 and walked 11 in 68.2 innings pitched. He has a career 13.9 strikeout per nine rate in 409 games pitched.
Earlier this season Jansen broke the all time Dodger record for saves. He has 189 career saves which is the most of any Dodger in history. He’s struck out 632 and posted a 0.893 career WHIP in seven major league seasons with the Dodgers. He was also named to the sporting news NL all-star team. Who can forget his super human effort in game 5 of the NLDS? He led all closers in strikeouts, WHIP and saves.
Jansen was even better in the postseason this year. He pitched 6.1 innings of shutout ball in the NLCS and struck out 10 without walking anyone. He allowed just five hits in the playoffs this year and recorded 3 saves. Jansen is set to hit the free agent market this winter and get a huge payday. Pray he doesn’t sign with the Giants.
You better appreciate Kenley now before he is gone.