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May 21, 2024 1 1 3.24 8 9
May 16, 2024 1 1 3.45 7 -6
May 14, 2024 1 0 2.45 7 2
May 12, 2024 1 0 2.63 7 9
May 11, 2024 1 0 2.84 6 11

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Player Outlook
Kenley Jansen recorded his 400th career save last May en route to his 4th All-Star nomination. The veteran closer finished with 29 saves, enough to overtake Craig Kimbrel for the top spot on the active saves leaderboard. Jansen only made 51 appearances, his lowest mark since 2015, as he dealt with various ailments (back, knee, hamstring). Only a bout with COVID required a trip to the IL, though, and Jansen was still able to close out 67.4% of Boston's total saves. While there was concern he would have trouble adjusting to the pitch clock - he was dead last in pitch tempo (18.9 sec) with the bases empty - he only had 3 pitch clock violations all year, all in one game. Jansen also added velocity, averaging 94.3 mph (+2.1% difference from 2022) on his trademark cutter that he threw 78.8% of the time. Jansen is clearly on the downswing of his career - his 1.28 WHIP last season was his worst to date - but expecting another 25+ saves from him is not unreasonable.

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2024 89.55.3 16.7 1 1 8 21 10 3.24 1.32
2023 2775.4 44.7 3 6 29 52 17 3.63 1.28
2022 453.57 64.0 5 2 41 85 22 3.38 1.05
3y Avg. 3886.3 59.3 4 4 36 74 25 3.03 1.10
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  • Red Sox's Kenley Jansen: Picks up eighth save

    Jansen collected the save Tuesday, allowing one hit and no walks over a scoreless inning against the Rays. He didn't generate a strikeout. Jansen hadn't pitched since allowing a pair of runs and taking a loss May 16 and was able to shake off the rust after allowing a leadoff double to Isaac Paredes in the ninth, retiring three straight batters to pick up his eighth save of the season. The veteran closer owns a 5.14 ERA this month and has struck out seven batters in 7.0 innings.
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  • Red Sox's Kenley Jansen: Surrenders two runs

    Jansen (1-1) took the loss Thursday against Tampa Bay, allowing two runs on two hits and one walk with two strikeouts over one inning. Jansen took over in the top of the ninth with the game tied but fell to his first loss of the campaign. After striking out Josh Lowe to start off the inning, Jansen yielded a walk, two singles and a sacrifice fly to consecutive batters as the Rays took a 7-5 advantage and the eventual win. The outing raised the 36-year-old's ERA from 2.45 to 3.45. In 15.2 innings of work, Jansen owns a 21:10 K:BB and has yet to allow a home run.
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  • Red Sox's Kenley Jansen: Converts for save No. 7

    Jansen picked up the save Sunday against Washington, allowing one hit and no walks over a scoreless ninth inning. He didn't log a strikeout. Jansen got an assist from catcher Connor Wong, who ended the game by throwing out Jacob Young during an attempted steal of second base. The 36-year-old has converted on seven of his eight save chances, owning a 2.63 ERA with 19 strikeouts over 13.2 innings.
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  • Red Sox's Kenley Jansen: Collects sixth save

    Jansen struck out two in a perfect inning Saturday to notch his sixth save of the season in a 4-2 win over the Nationals. After the Red Sox broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, Jansen made quick work of the Nats in the top of the ninth with a groundout and a couple punchouts. The outing comes one day after Jansen was touched up for two runs in a non-save situation Friday. Jansen battled control issues early on in the season but has seemed to figure those out, putting up a 10:1 K:BB across his last six frames.
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  • Red Sox's Kenley Jansen: Tosses scoreless frame

    Jansen pitched one scoreless inning, allowing one hit in Sunday's 9-2 win over the Twins. Jansen was locked into appearing in Sunday's contest no matter what, and he worked around an error by his defense and a single for a scoreless ninth inning. The 36-year-old is firmly locked into being Boston's closer in 2024, posting a 1.69 ERA and 1.22 WHIP with 14 strikeouts over 10.2 innings in 11 appearances while going 5-for-6 on save opportunities so far.
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  • Red Sox's Kenley Jansen: Will pitch Sunday

    Jansen, who hasn't pitched the last six days, will be used in Sunday's game against the Twins, Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox have a day off Monday and will prevent Jansen from the absence extending any further, so the closer is expected to pitch one way or another. He's pitched just once over the last nine days.
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  • Red Sox's Kenley Jansen: Secures win over Cubs

    Jansen (1-0) got the win over the Cubs on Sunday, pitching a perfect inning while striking out a batter in the process. Jansen entered in the ninth with the score tied 4-4 and did his job by retiring the side in order in 10 pitches. He would wind up with his first win of the campaign after the Red Sox walked it off in the bottom of the inning. Jansen has now pitched three consecutive scoreless outings after blowing a save chance April 16. For the year, he owns a 1.86 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 14:8 K:BB in 9.2 innings to go along with five saves.
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  • Red Sox's Kenley Jansen: Collects fifth save

    Jansen struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning Saturday to record his fifth save of the season in a 4-2 win over the Pirates. The veteran right-hander fired nine of 14 pitches for strikes in his most impressive performance so far this season, although he did benefit from a third-strike clock violation by Michael Taylor. It's only the third time in eight appearances that Jansen hasn't issued a walk, and while his 2.35 ERA looks good, it comes with a 1.57 WHIP and 12:8 K:BB over 7.2 innings.
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  • Red Sox's Kenley Jansen: First blown save of season

    Jansen gave up a run on three hits in the ninth inning Tuesday for his first blown save of the season in a 10-7 extra-innings loss to the Guardians. Called upon to protect a 6-5 lead, Jansen instead gave up three straight one-out hits kicked off by a Tyler Freeman double off the Green Monster. The 36-year-old right-hander has been tagged for runs in back-to-back appearances after beginning the campaign with 4.2 scoreless innings, and Jansen's 9:8 K:BB remains a little worrisome, but he's converted four of five save chances and doesn't appear to be at risk of losing his grip on the closer role.
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  • Red Sox's Kenley Jansen: Yields run, holds on for save

    Jansen earned the save Sunday against the Angels, allowing one run on a hit and a walk with two strikeouts across one inning. Jansen picked up his fourth save of the season Sunday but spoiled his perfect 0.00 ERA in the process. Entering the game with two runs of cushion, Jansen hit Logan O'Hoppe with a cutter, then allowed a single to Mickey Moniak before walking Zach Neto to load the bases. While Anthony Rendon hit a sacrifice fly to plate O'Hoppe, Jansen struck out the next two batters to close out the game. Jansen has walked eight batters in 5.2 innings, but he's been nearly unhittable, with Moniak's single the first hit allowed by Jansen in 2024.
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  • Red Sox's Kenley Jansen: Notches third save

    Jansen struck out one batter in a perfect ninth inning and earned a save over the Angels on Friday. Jansen had walked five batters in his first three outings but finally worked a clean inning Friday, his third time pitching in the last four days. Despite some early command issues, the veteran closer has converted each of his three save chances and has yet to give up a run. His velocity is still a concern; Jansen's cutter, which averaged 94.3 mph last season, was down to just 90.7 mph Friday.
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  • Red Sox's Kenley Jansen: Velo down early

    Jansen's velocity is down close to three mph on his cutter to begin the season, Julian McWilliams of The Boston Globe reports. Jansen didn't get in much work during spring training due to a back issue and is still building up toward his usual form. He labored through back-to-back outings Tuesday and Wednesday, needing 20-plus pitches in each, but that he was able to pitch on consecutive days is encouraging. Jansen has converted both his save chances so far with a 0.00 ERA in three innings, albeit with a 5:5 K:BB.
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  • Red Sox's Kenley Jansen: Nabs second save

    Jansen picked up the save Wednesday against the Athletics. He issued two walks while striking out one over a scoreless inning. Jansen managed to escape with his second save in as many chances despite allowing back-to-back walks with one out in the ninth. The veteran right-hander needed 21 pitches to get through the inning, with only 10 of those going for strikes, and he's now issued three free passes over his first three appearances to begin the season. On a positive note, the save was Jansen's 422nd of his career, tying him with Bill Wagner for sixth all time.
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  • Red Sox's Kenley Jansen: Good to go Monday

    Jansen (back) is available to pitch Monday against the Athletics, Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican reports. Jansen's availability was in question leading up to Monday's contest due to back tightness, but skipper Alex Cora noted pregame that the right-hander had a good day Sunday and felt good again Monday, so he'll be ready to roll if called upon. Jansen's first appearance of the 2024 season took place Thursday against the Mariners, picking up the save after fanning two and walking one over a scoreless inning.
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  • Red Sox's Kenley Jansen: Availability uncertain

    Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Jansen (back) is still being evaluated ahead of Sunday's series finale against the Mariners, and the closer's availability has yet to be determined, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports. Jansen was unavailable to pitch Saturday due to back tightness, and it remains unclear if he'll be ready to go Sunday. The Red Sox seem likely to be cautious with the 36-year-old early in the season, especially since he had limited reps during spring training due to lat and back issues. Should Jansen be unavailable, Chris Martin is the favorite to fill in should a save chance arise.
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  • Red Sox's Kenley Jansen: Dealing with tight back

    Jansen was unavailable to pitch Saturday night against the Mariners due to a tight back, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports. With Jansen unavailable to pitch, the combination of Joely Rodriguez and Justin Slaten were unable to hold a two-run lead, with the Mariners walking it off in the bottom of the 10th.
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  • Red Sox's Kenley Jansen: Records Opening Day save

    Jansen earned a save against the Mariners on Thursday, issuing one walk and striking out two batters in a scoreless inning. Jansen entered in the ninth inning with Boston holding a two-run lead and worked around a leadoff walk to close out the victory. The veteran closer missed most of spring training due to separate lat and back injuries, but that didn't prevent him from getting the call on Opening Day. Jansen's recent campaigns haven't been quite as dominant as his peak years with the Dodgers, but he's recorded 70 saves over the past two seasons and is locked in as Boston's closer as he pushes toward becoming the fourth pitcher in MLB history to reach 450 career saves.
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  • Red Sox's Kenley Jansen: Throws inning Tuesday

    Jansen struck out one over a scoreless inning in Tuesday's exhibition game against the Rangers. Jansen, who was bothered by back issues this spring, made just four appearances with the final 12 days of spring training. Red Sox manager Alex Cora said the pitcher is ready to go for the regular season, per Drew Davison of MLB.com.
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  • Red Sox's Kenley Jansen: Expects to be ready for Opening Day

    Jansen (back) felt good after his Grapefruit League appearance Thursday and expects to be ready for Opening Day, Mac Cerullo of the Boston Herald reports. Jansen made just his second appearance of the spring Thursday, as he's been hampered by both back and lat issues. Despite that, he plans to be available on Opening Day, and he should be locked into the closer role. The Red Sox could be careful with his usage early in the campaign, however. Jansen pitched well Thursday, completing one scoreless inning while throwing nine of his 13 pitches for strikes.
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  • Red Sox's Kenley Jansen: Returns from back issue

    Jansen (back) threw one scoreless inning without allowing a baserunner in Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles,Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. Jansen has been slowed by both back and lat issues this spring, with Thursday's outing marking just his second of the exhibition season. Nevertheless, the veteran right-hander was sharp, as nine of his 13 pitches went for strikes. It is not yet clear whether Jansen will be ramped up in time for the regular season.
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