Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen picked up save number 32 on the season on Wednesday night in San Diego. He retired the Padres in order on 11 pitches and with it, moved up on the career saves list.
Kenley Jansen is the 30th pitcher all-time to record 300 saves.
— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) September 26, 2019
Number 300 actually ties him for 28th place on the all-time saves list alongside Jason Isringhousen and Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter. Of course, Jansen already holds the Dodgers all-time record in saves, surpassing Eric Gagne’s mark of 161.
Hall of Famer, and former Yankee Mariano Rivera owns baseball’s all-time saves record with 652. Moreover, Jansen is only the 5th pitcher to pick up 300 saves with one team, joining impressive company.
- Rivera; Yankees
- Trevor Hoffman; Padres
- Dennis Eckersley; Athletics
- Troy Percival; Angels
Kenley shared his thoughts on what 300 saves means to him.
— Michael J. Duarte (@michaeljduarte) September 26, 2019
Definitely it’s a blessing to get to 300 saves. I never thought I’m gonna be pitching in big leagues and here I am, I got 300 saves. Yeah, it’s awesome.
The much maligned Dodgers closer may be in the midst of a rough 2019 season, but has pitched better in the month of September with a 3.48 ERA in 10 games. Wednesday night marked the first time since May 30-31 that Jansen had recorded saves in consecutive contests.
In 10 seasons, the 31 year-old has accumulated a 2.36 ERA in 604 games and 610.2 innings pitched. On Tuesday night in San Diego, he picked up career strikeout number 900.
Congratulations to the big man!