For 12 seasons, Kenley Jansen piled up saves as the Dodgers closer. This offseason, Jansen opted to sign with the Atlanta Braves rather than wait for LA to clear cap space (AJ Pollock). In the moment, it was a largely amicable split from the perspective of some Dodgers fans. The relationship had ran its course. It was time for both the Dodgers and Jansen to move on.
But recently, Craig Kimbrel, the Dodgers new closer has struggled and his shortcomings have rekindled fans longing for the closer they often bemoaned throughout his time in Los Angeles. On Thursday, the knife got twisted a little deeper.
After closing the door on the Giants for a 7-6 Braves win at Truist Park to earn career save number 369, Jansen gained sole possession of the number ten spot in the all-time saves rankings in MLB history. The closer posted a photo to commemorate his historic day.
He’ll need just nine more saves to tie Joe Nathan (377) and if Kardiac Kimbrel (384) really starts struggling there’s a very outside chance that Kenley could pass him this year. Now that, would be ironic.
This season, Kenley has a 3.03 ERA, a 0.91 WHIP and is third in the majors in saves (19). The three-time All-Star even took the time to post a hilarious photo to let Dodgers fans know that he hasn’t forgotten what it was like to get roasted by fans after a blown save at Dodger Stadium.
Jansen’s Braves are set to host Freddie Freeman and the Dodgers for a three-game series beginning tomorrow. Julio Urías is set to take the mound for the first game.
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