We finish off our six Dodgers All-Star profiles with the closer, Kenley Jansen, an All-Star for the second consecutive year.
Jansen was selected by the players, who pick three relief pitchers. His 245 votes were most among National League relievers, ahead of fellow All-Stars Greg Holland (222 votes) and Wade Davis (91).
Jansen made his first All-Star team in 2016. He faced one batter in San Diego last year — Matt Wieters -- and struck him out on three pitches.
Jansen posted a 0.96 ERA and 1.05 FIP with 21 saves, 57 strikeouts and only two walks in his 37 innings. His K-BB% of 40.4% is the best of his career.
He set a major league record with 51 strikeouts before his first walk of the season.
Jansen’s dominance and usage in last year’s playoffs unleashed a warrior this season. His eight saves of longer than one inning are already a career high, with 44% of the season remaining.
Jansen is the first Dodgers relief pitcher to be named an All-Star in consecutive seasons since Jonathan Broxton in 2009-10.
The last Dodgers pitcher to earn a save in the All-Star Game was Broxton in 2010. There have only been three Dodgers to get a save in the midsummer classic -- Don Drysdale (1963) and Jim Brewer (1973).
No Dodgers relief pitcher has ever earned a win in the All-Star Game.