2013 Dodgers review: Kenley Jansen

Harry How

Jansen started the year healthy and as the set-up guy but skill eventually won out and Jansen was the closer for the last 90+ games of the season

Kenley Jansen had off-season surgery in 2012 to correct a irregular heart beat and he reported to spring training in 2013 ready to go.

What went right

After being named closer on June 11, Jansen closed 25 out of 28 opportunities successfully.  During the midst of the Dodger 42-8 run, Jansen retired 27 straight batters from July 23 to August 8.

Jansen was magnificent on the mound in 2013, posting a 1.88 ERA in a career-high 75 games, and his 111 strikeouts were the seventh-most by a Dodgers relief pitcher in a single season, and one shy of the major league lead among bullpen arms.

Before 2013, Jansen walked 10.9% of his major league batters faced. This season that dropped to a miniscule 6.2%. He didn't walk a single batter in June, and had a stretch of 18  games and 70 batters from May 23 to June 29 without issuing a free pass. He struck out 28 batters in between walks.

In Game 4 of the NLDS, Jansen struck out the side to give the Dodgers the series win.

What went wrong

In Game 1 of the NLCS, Jansen was brought in to face Carlos Beltran with the bases loaded and no outs, given the circumstances, it didn't look good for Jansen and it wasn't as Beltran got the winning hit.  Jansen did finish all five of the Dodger post-season wins, recording two saves in the process.

2014 status

Kenley Jansen was tendered a contract and is entering his first arbitration-eligible January.  Here's a look at what Jansen's contract cost could look like in January 2014.

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