This season marks the 10th straight year the Dodgers have made the postseason. Clayton Kershaw is the only player who has been a part of all 10 of those teams, although his streak of consecutive seasons pitching in the postseason was broken when he missed 2021 due to injury.
There was one other player who had been a part of the first nine Dodgers playoff teams in this era, though: Kenley Jansen pitched in every Dodgers postseason from 2013-21.
And even though Kenley left Los Angeles after last season, his streak continues.
Kenley Jansen just closed out another division crown.
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) October 5, 2022
The Braves had clinched their playoff spot last week, but Tuesday’s win locked up the NL East title for Atlanta, giving them a bye in the first round. Barring an injury between now and October 11, Jansen will pitch in his 10th straight postseason, extending his own record among active players.
Kenley leads the National League with 41 saves, although his seven blown saves and 3.38 ERA are both the second-worst marks of his career. The 35-year-old closer will be a free agent after this season, having pitched 2022 on a one-year. $16 million contract.
With the division title, the Braves will have five days off before their first playoff series, as will the Dodgers. In the NLDS, Los Angeles will play the winner of the Mets/Padres series and Atlanta will take on the winner of the Cardinals/Phillies. If everything goes according to plan for both teams, it would set up a third straight NLCS matchup between the two clubs, which would have a little added intensity this year after Jansen and Freddie Freeman swapped teams via free agency last offseason.
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