The final 2016 All-Star profile goes to the closer, with Kenley Jansen in his first All-Star appearance.
How he's an All-Star
Jansen was one of three relief pitchers voted onto National League team by the players, finishing second (162 votes) to Mets closer Jeurys Familia (187).
First half performance
Jansen has a 1.16 ERA in 40 games, with 51 strikeouts and six walks in 38⅔ innings, and has saved 27 games in 30 opportunities.
Since his last blown save, on June 11 in San Francisco, has 14 consecutive scoreless appearances, with at least two strikeouts in 11 of those games. During that span, Jansen has retired 43 of 48 batters, allowing only three singles and two walks, with 26 strikeouts.
Jansen is the 13th Dodgers relief pitcher to be named an All-Star, joining Clem Labine (1956-57), Phil Regan (1966), Jim Brewer (1973), Mike Marshall (1974-75), Steve Howe (1982), Jay Howell (1989), Todd Worrell (1995-96), Jeff Shaw (1998, 2001), Eric Gagne (2002-2004), Takashi Saito (2007), Jonathan Broxton (2009-10) and Hong-Chih Kuo (2010).
Three Dodgers have recorded saves in a All-Star Game — Don Drysdale (1963, a two-inning save to boot), Brewer (1973) and Broxton (2010).
With Familia, the Mets' closer on the NL team, it's unlikely that manager Terry Collins will pick Jansen should a save opportunity arise. But Jansen and Collins do have a history, as Collins was the Dodgers director of player development in 2005-2006, when Jansen was a 17- and 18-year-old catcher in the Gulf Coast and Pioneer Leagues.
"If you ask him a question right now, he would say I would still be catching right now if he still was there," Jansen told reporters on Monday, per Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com. "I'm even happier that my first All-Star is one when he's the manager."
The last Dodgers pitcher to earn a win in the All-Star Game was Jerry Reuss, who struck out all three batters he faced in a scoreless sixth inning in 1980 at Dodger Stadium. The last Dodgers pitcher with a decision of any kind was Clayton Kershaw, who allowed two runs and took the loss in 2015 in Cincinnati.
In 27 career games in San Diego, Jansen has a 2.63 ERA with 45 strikeouts and only three walks in 27⅓ innings. He has 10 saves in 13 opportunities at Petco Park, with both blown saves coming courtesy of Melvin Upton Jr. in Jansen's last two games at the stadium, on May 20 and May 22 this season.
Jansen has allowed three home runs in San Diego, the first two by Cameron Maybin (2011, 2012) and the third by Upton on May 20.