After pitching four times in the previous five days, it is very likely that Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen will not pitch on Tuesday night. But this is his third straight All-Star nod, putting him in select company in franchise history.
After getting voted in by the players in his first two All-Star selections (2016 ad 2017), Jansen this time around was a selection from the commissioner’s office. There are five relief pitchers on the National League roster: Sean Doolittle, Josh Hader and Brad Hand were voted in by the players, while Jansen and Felipe Vazquez were selected by the commissioner’s office.
Jansen struck out his only batter faced in 2016, and last year he allowed a single, a stolen base and balked a runner to third, but also struck out three in a scoreless inning.
Totals: 2 games, 1⅓ IP, 1 hit, 4 strikeouts
Jansen has a 2.33 ERA and 3.25 FIP in 44 appearances with 48 strikeouts and 12 walks in 46⅓ innings. He has a league-leading 27 saves in 30 opportunities.
After a shaky April (5.59 ERA, two blown saves and a separate loss, three home runs allowed), Jansen has looked more like his usual self with a 1.47 ERA in 34 appearances.
Jansen is one of two Dodgers relief pitchers to be selected to three All-Star Games, joining Eric Gagne (2002-04).
Jansen’s four strikeouts in All-Star Game play are tied with Gagne for the most by any Dodgers reliever, and are tied for sixth among all Dodgers pitchers in the midsummer classic.
Three Dodgers have recorded a save in the All-Star Game, with the last coming from Jonathan Broxton in 2010. The others were notched by Don Drysdale in 1963 and Jim Brewer in 1973.