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Dodgers of the Decade: Reliever Kenley Jansen

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Jansen became Dodger franchise leader in saves and games pitched

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The final entry into the Dodgers of the Decade team is relief pitcher Kenley Jansen. Jansen set all-time Dodger franchise marks in with 301 saves, 605 games pitched and 443 games finished. Jansen has nearly double the amount of saves as second place pitcher Eric Gagne, 301 saves versus 161 saves.

All-Time Dodger Pitchers with 100+ Saves

Player Saves From To G GF BB SO ERA FIP ERA+ HR
Player Saves From To G GF BB SO ERA FIP ERA+ HR
Kenley Jansen 301 2010 2019 605 443 159 903 2.35 2.26 163 57
Eric Gagne 161 1999 2006 298 212 183 629 3.27 3.40 125 62
Jeff Shaw 129 1998 2001 235 207 56 166 3.37 4.06 124 29
Todd Worrell 127 1993 1997 269 224 80 263 3.93 3.59 99 31
Jim Brewer 126 1964 1975 474 302 298 672 2.62 2.94 127 59
Ron Perranoski 100 1961 1972 457 273 290 461 2.56 3.02 132 28
Statistics provided by Baseball-Reference.com

Jansen’s career covers the decade, he made his debut on July 24. 2010 and recorded his first save on the next day against the New York Mets.

Four pitchers recorded 250 or more saves in the last ten seasons. Craig Kimbrel led all pitchers with 346 saves. Jansen was second with 301. Aroldis Chapman was third with 273 and Fernando Rodney had 257 saves.

2010s Pitchers with 250+ saves

Player Saves G GF W L IP BB SO ERA FIP ERA+ HR
Player Saves G GF W L IP BB SO ERA FIP ERA+ HR
Craig Kimbrel 346 565 466 31 23 553.1 217 898 2.08 2.19 195 44
Kenley Jansen 301 605 443 30 21 611.2 159 903 2.35 2.26 163 57
Aroldis Chapman 273 550 411 33 26 535.2 248 883 2.23 2.01 185 27
Fernando Rodney 257 643 411 33 41 603.0 294 629 3.54 3.57 114 42
Statistics provided by Baseball-Reference.com

The 2010s Dodgers had 451 saves in the 919 games won in the last decade. As noted above, Jansen recorded 301 of those 451 saves. Only six Dodgers recorded five or more saves in the decade, all but one, Kenta Maeda, did that while Jansen was being moved back and forth from setup man to closer.

2010s Dodgers with 5+ Saves in the Decade

Player Saves From To G GF
Player Saves From To G GF
Kenley Jansen 301 2010 2019 605 443
Javy Guerra 29 2011 2013 101 60
Jonathan Broxton 29 2010 2011 78 58
Brandon League 20 2012 2014 149 62
Hung-Chih Kuo 12 2010 2011 96 21
Kenta Maeda 6 2016 2019 137 8
Statistics provided by Baseball-Reference.com

There will be one last article series to sum up the final picks for the position players along with Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen as the starting and relief pitchers for the Dodgers of Decade team.

I hope you have enjoyed the series so far and are having a wonderful holiday season!