Dodgers’ Bullpen Grades for the Month of May

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May 24, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General overall view of Dodger Stadium during a MLB baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
May 24, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General overall view of Dodger Stadium during a MLB baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 28, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenley Jansen (74) pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports /

. . Kenley Jansen. A+.

The Dodgers’ $80 million closer has been worth every penny they spent on him and more this season.

Jansen owned a 0.87 ERA in 10.1 innings pitched during the month of May, and that isn’t even his most impressive stat. Kenley struck out 18 batters in May while walking none, further raising his ratio to 35:0 and tying Adam Wainwright for the MLB record for most strikeouts to start a season without allowing a walk. He also owns a 0.12 FIP which is meh, considering it was at one point negative. Kenley sucks *sarcasm*.

The most memorable point of May was Jansen’s immaculate inning against the Marlins on May 18th. Kenley earned a four-out save that day, which was actually his only save of May. Jeremy Dorn of Fanrag sports even made the case that Kenley is the Dodgers second most valuable player, and in the age of dominant closers, he might be right.

Kenley’s cutter and slider are in MVP form this season, and he looks to be on the brink of a historic season. When Kenley is on, he is unhittable and has himself in the conversation for best reliever in the game today.

Kenley gets an A+ for me and if I could’ve given him anything higher, trust me I would have.

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