Kenley Jansen Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 5" / 265 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 9/30/1987 (34)
Kenley Jansen Season Stats
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Kenley Jansen News
Atlanta Braves closer Kenley Jansen notched his 15th save of the season in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Athletics. The veteran entered to pitch the ninth inning up by one and delivered a 1-2-3 inning with a strikeout to end the game. Jansen has been a reliable fantasy option once again this season, converting all but three save opportunities with a 3.65 ERA, 34 strikeouts, and eight walks over 24 2/3 innings pitched. He should remain in fantasy managers' lineups at all times.
Atlanta Braves closer Kenley Jansen failed to convert his save opportunity against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday. He entered the game in the ninth inning with the Braves up 6-5 and wound up giving up two hits, one walk and one earned run. The Braves went on to lose the game in 10 innings. After converting each of his first nine save attempts this year, Jansen has started to show some vulnerabilities the past few weeks. He's blown three of his last six save opportunities dating back to May 18. Jansen should have an extremely long leash as the team's primary closer so don't expect any changes in the team's ninth inning approach unless Jansen gets injured or just completely falls apart.
Atlanta Braves closer Kenley Jansen got bailed out by his offense in Tuesday's 6-5 win over the Phillies. Jansen entered to pitch the top of the ninth up 4-3. He got Rhys Hoskins to pop out for the first out, but then walked Alec Bohm and allowed a massive two-run home run to Bryce Harper before getting the final two outs on groundouts. Fortunately for him, the Braves were able to capitalize on a costly error in the bottom half of the inning to win the game 6-5, making Jansen the pitcher of record. The veteran started the season very well but has now allowed earned runs in each of his last three outings and has two blown saves in those games. There isn't really much for fantasy managers to do at this time, as Jansen is the team's clear closer and has a respectable 3.86 ERA. Hopefully, he can get things back on the right track in the coming days.
It's no secret that Jansen is no longer what he was as recently as 2017. From 2019-20, his ERA did improve, from 3.71 in 63 innings to 3.33 in 24 1/3 innings. The main cause was a sharp decrease in home runs allowed, but he also set a career-low 25% ground ball rate, so it's too optimistic to assume he'll keep the home runs down again in a larger 2021 sample. Jansen had his best strikeout rate since 2017 at 32.4% but also his worst walk rate since 2012 (8.8%). The net result on xFIP was a third-straight year setting a career-worst mark, this time 4.18, which is still within reason. In terms of his stuff, he did gain some movement on his cutter in 2020, but it lost another 0.8 mph, sitting at 90.9 mph. All that said, while the old, dominant version of Jansen is long gone, he's still a competent pitcher and quite durable; his 11 saves in 2020 tied for third in MLB and he enters 2021 as RotoBaller's ninth-ranked relief pitcher. If your draft has reached his 137 ADP, you still don't have a closer, and you're not punting saves, consider drafting him then.