Dodgers: Bullpen Grades for the Month of August
By Brook Smith
The front office has gotten everything they had hope for from Kenley Jansen in 2017. When they signed him to a 5-year deal worth $80 million, I’m sure there were quite a few folks who were afraid he might not live up to that contract. And yet, he has appeared in 56 games, throwing 58 1/3 innings with a 1.23 earned run average.
His August was almost as good as his June when he didn’t give up any runs at all. Instead, he gave up one earned run across 12 innings of work, while picking up 8 saves in the process. Jansen was a dominant force all month long, just as he has been all season. On top of those numbers, Jansen also struck out the side in 5 of his 12 appearances.
Dave Roberts will more than likely to continue to give Jansen a rest in preparation for the post season, but he’ll be ready to go.