Dodgers’ closer Kenley Jansen recorded his 20th save of the season last night with a zero hit, three strikeout inning to finish off the Chicago Cubs.
The save added another number to a historic feat that speaks towards Jansen’s dominance over the span of his career in LA.
Seasons with 20+ saves, Dodgers:
Kenley Jansen 8*
Jim Brewer 4
Jeff Shaw 4
Eric Gagne 3
Todd Worrell 3https://t.co/4wC5Vq32j6
*Jansen got his 20th save of 2019 tonight
— Eric Stephen (@ericstephen) June 15, 2019
Jansen’s eight twenty save seasons is the most in Dodgers history and it’s not even close.
The all-star reliever has double the amount of such seasons, with the next closest relievers on the list being Jim Brewer and Jeff Shaw at four seasons.
Despite a relatively shaky start to the season, Jansen seems to have recaptured some of his dominance of the past and remains one of the few bright spots in what has been an extremely lackluster bullpen for the Dodgers.
He currently sits in second place in the NL in saves, only trailing San Diego’s Kirby Yates, and has lowered his ERA from 4.67 on May 5 to 2.93 after last night.
There’s no denying that Jansen looks confident and much like his old self.
There’s no need to look further than what transpired last night to see that. Jansen intentionally committed a balk to allow Jason Heyward to advance from second to third base, ensuring that he wasn’t relaying any signs to the batter from second.
If you missed it, Kenley Jansen balked on purpose last night to get Heyward off of second base so there would be no pitch/location tipping to the hitter. Up 2, can’t see a real downside to it.
— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) June 15, 2019
The Dodgers, who currently hold a 10.5 game division lead and are sitting in first place in the entire NL, will need Jansen at his best as they attempt to advance to their third straight World Series and actually win it this time come October.
For now, however, the team and fans alike are just happy to see him performing with the same confidence and swagger as he used to.