Jansen gave up a solo home run to Pablo Sandoval while striking out the side in the ninth inning to record his 40th save of the season in a 4-2 win over the Giants on Friday. Jansen has now reached the 40-save plateau three times, and his absurd 105:7 K:BB over 66 innings is the best ratio of his career. The righty could be used sparingly over the final days of the regular season, however, as the Dodgers sit on the brink of clinching home field throughout the NL playoffs.
Jansen allowed one hit and struck out one batter over 1.1 scoreless innings against the Phillies on Thursday en route to his 39th save of the season. Jansen put the tying run on base in the ninth, but that runner was quickly erased as part of a double play, and Jansen then got Nick Williams on a weak grounder to help the Dodgers avoid a series sweep. The right-hander ranks third in baseball in saves with 39 (second in NL) and has a case to be the first closer off the board in 2018 drafts.
Jansen pitched a perfect ninth inning against the Nationals on Saturday to earn his 38th save of the season. He retired the side in order, getting two outs via groundballs and one via a pop foul, to preserve the win for starter Rich Hill. Jansen had given up six hits combined in his last three appearances entering play Saturday, but he still hasn't blown a save since July 23, and that's his lone blown save this season. The 29-year-old remains an elite fantasy closer.
Jansen collected his 37th save Tuesday after striking out three Giants over 1.1 innings of scoreless work, though he allowed three hits. This marks just the third time in 60 appearances that Jansen has allowed the opposition to get three hits off him, and he's now cleared 100 strikeouts in just 62.2 innings. Jansen gave up a rare run in his last appearance, and the way he's been going this year, it wouldn't be particularly surprising to see that be the last one he allows in 2017.
Jansen tossed a clean ninth inning with a strikeout for his 36th save Friday against San Diego. Jansen hasn't blown a save since July 23 and has struck out at least one batter in all but one of his 17 appearances since then. He now owns a brilliant 32:4 K:BB over 17 innings in that stretch with a 0.56 ERA and 12 of his 36 saves.