Kenley Jansen Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 5" / 265 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 9/30/1987 (33)
Kenley Jansen Season Stats
Last 10 Games
Kenley Jansen News
Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen was activated from the paternity list and will be available to pitch Tuesday night against the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks. The 33-year-old right-hander only missed a few games but is probably very eager to return to the bullpen since he has turned his season around. After a rough summer, Jansen has found his groove, tallying one win with a 0.56 ERA and a 16:6 strikeout-to-walk ratio over his last 15 appearances.
Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen worked a perfect 1-2-3 inning to earn his 30th save of the season on Tuesday versus the Atlanta Braves. Jansen faced the minimum of three batters and struck out two. The veteran had a really nice first half of the season, but has been shaky in the second half. Despite that, he has remained the Dodgers closer and now owns a 2.60 ERA for the season. Managers should continue to roll with the veteran.
Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen worked a perfect 1-2-3 inning to close out the Colorado Rockies on Saturday evening. Jansen has been having a rough second half, but it was a good sign to see him work a clean frame. The veteran is entrenched as the closer, even with his recent struggles and has now recorded 29 saves to the tune of a 2.70 ERA. Managers should continue to hold onto the right-hander down the stretch, but it wouldn't be a bad idea to insure him with Blake Treinen.
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.