Kenley Jansen got the final three outs of Sunday’s win over the Reds at Dodger Stadium, reaching another milestone in his excellent 2017 campaign. Jansen recorded career save number 200 in the win.
Jansen struck out one in his perfect inning on Sunday, giving him 43 strikeouts and no walks in 26⅓ innings, extending his major league record for most strikeouts to open a season before his first walk.
Jansen is the all-time Dodgers save leader, having passed Eric Gagne in 2016. With free agency looming, we asked last April where Jansen — then with 150 saves — might record his 200th career save.
It turns out, he did it with the Dodgers. That puts him in even more select company, just the 19th pitcher to record 200 saves with one franchise.
It has been a weird year for Jansen, who has been in vintage form but only has 11 saves despite the team’s 39 victories to date. The Dodgers have a number of blowout wins on the season, and lately have seen three different pitchers record saves of three or four innings.
For instance, this was Jansen’s fourth save since the start of May, a span of 38 games. During that time, four other Dodgers pitchers have also recorded saves.
But his 11th save of the season gave Jansen 200 saves for his career, which now puts him a measly 452 saves behind Mariano Rivera.
200 saves with one team
|Jonathan Papelbon||Red Sox||219|
|Tom Henke||Blue Jays||217|
|Bobby Thigpen||White Sox||201|
As for a keepsake for his milestone, well...
Chris Taylor accidentally threw Kenley Jansen's 200th save baseball into the stands. Jansen called it "a little disappointing."— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) June 11, 2017