Lost in the shuffle of the Dodger’s thrilling come from behind 9-7 victory over the Reds on Sunday afternoon was Kenley Jansen. Sure Corey Seager hit a go-ahead grand slam home run in the bottom of the eighth and the Dodgers mounted a six-run rally in that same frame to overcome a 7-3 deficit, but what also happened in the very next frame was Kenley Jansen recording his 200th career save.
That is no joke and quite a career milestone. Jansen is a monster and has gotten off to one of the best starts for a reliever in MLB history. While he has only saved 11 games this season (primarily because the Dodgers either win by a blowout, or get shutout) he has yet to walk a single batter this season.
Our big beloved island boy has posted a 4-0 record and a 1.03 ERA in 25 games and 26.1 innings pitched. So far he has struck out 43 and walked none. That’s right, zero. Zip. Nada. As a matter of fact, he’s only allowed three earned runs all season long. That comes out to a 0.44 FIP and just 5.5 hits per nine innings of work. Kenley has a 0.6 WHIP and has struck out 14.7 per nine. Oh yeah and he doesn’t have a strikeout to walk ratio. That’s because he hasn’t walked anyone!!!
Kenley has a long way to go before he reaches Trevor Hoffman or Mariano Rivera levels. Still, 200 saves is quite impressive. Kenley is without a doubt the greatest Dodger closer in franchise history. If his dominant season continues, I think he could be considered for the Cy Young award. Can you say California love? Man, Kenley is a beast.