The Kansas City Star released an article today that talked about how MLB Network named the Top 10 relievers in baseball, but there was a name missing off the list that you’d assume would be there. That name is Kenley Jansen, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ fantastic closer.
Over the last four seasons, Jansen has compiled a 2.32 ERA in 259.1 innings while striking out 391 batters and walking just 67. He’s been one of the most dominant forces in the game, and it seems foolish for him to be left off of any Top 10 reliever list. But alas.
Per the Kansas City Star, here was the list:
1. Wade Davis, Royals
2. Dellin Betances, Yankees
3. Aroldis Chapman, Yankees
4. Andrew Miller, Yankees
5. Zach Britton, Orioles
6. Mark Melancon, Pirates
7. Ken Giles, Astros
8. Tony Watson, Pirates
9. Darren O’Day, Orioles
10. Craig Kimbrel, Red Sox
Okay, it’s hard to argue with the first four guys on that list since they’re all supremely dominant relievers. After that, though, it’s a little tough to swallow. One could argue that Craig Kimbrel should be way higher, but Jansen deserves a spot on this list somewhere.
Here’s the video of MLB Network’s Top 10 relievers:
The lack of Jansen is concerning considering relievers such as Mark Melancon and Darren O’Day are above him. That doesn’t mean they’re not good, because they are, but Jansen is definitely a better option out of the bullpen.
If your team is looking to shutdown the opposition for one inning, you’re choosing Jansen over both Melancon and O’Day, as well as over Britton and Watson. That’s just the truth of the matter. As noted, the Top 4 is pretty much etched in stone, and it’s absolutely unreal that the New York Yankees have three of them.
The Dodgers hope the 28-year old Jansen builds upon his great last four seasons to put together a truly fantastic 2016 campaign. They’ll need him if they’re to win it all.