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Apr 20, 2024 0 0 2.35 5
Apr 16, 2024 0 0 2.70 4 -1
Apr 14, 2024 0 0 1.59 4 7
Apr 11, 2024 0 0 0.00 3 0.5
Apr 5, 2024 0 0 0.00 3 10.5

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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 37.55.4 6.7 4 9 8 2.70 1.80
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: 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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  • Red Sox's Kenley Jansen: Slated for appearance Thursday

    Jansen (back) is scheduled to pitch for the Red Sox in Thursday's Grapefruit League contest versus the Orioles, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports. Jansen has had to be scratched from each of his last two scheduled appearances due to lower-back stiffness, so Thursday's outing should be considered tentative. The veteran closer has been limited to just one outing this spring, having previous dealt with a lat issue. Jansen hopes to ramp up in time for Opening Day, but it will be close.
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  • Red Sox's Kenley Jansen: Now won't pitch until Thursday

    Jansen's (back) next Grapefruit League appearance won't come until at least Thursday, Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican reports. Jansen keeps getting pushed back as he deals with a bout of lower-back stiffness. He's been limited to just one appearance this spring, having previously dealt with a lat issue. While the Red Sox are not ruling out the veteran closer for Opening Day, a trip to the injured list for Jansen is looking increasingly likely. Setup man Chris Martin (groin) is also banged up, although he pitched in a minor-league game Tuesday and looks to be trending in the right direction.
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  • Red Sox's Kenley Jansen: Scratched again

    Jansen has been scratched from a scheduled appearance again Tuesday due to ongoing back tightness, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports. It's the second day in a row that Jansen wasn't able to pitch as scheduled because of a nagging lower-back issue. The hope is that he will be able to make an appearance Wednesday. Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Tuesday of Jansen's Opening Day availability that "we still have time, but we're running out of time." Chris Martin (groin) would be next in line to close if Jansen isn't ready, although he's banged up himself.
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  • Red Sox's Kenley Jansen: Will make appearance Tuesday

    Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Monday that Jansen (back) will make an appearance Tuesday against the Rays, Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican reports. Jansen was scratched from a scheduled outing Monday with lower-back tightness, but he'll wind up being pushed back just one day. Cora noted that the closer is "running out of time" in order to be ready for Opening Day and can't afford any more hiccups. Jansen has been limited to just one appearance this spring, having previously dealt with a lat issue. After Tuesday's outing, Jansen is scheduled to pitch Thursday, Sunday and once more after that as he aims to be ready for the March 28 opener in Seattle, per Alex Speier of The Boston Globe.
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  • Red Sox's Kenley Jansen: Delayed by lower-back tightness

    Jansen won't make his scheduled Grapefruit League appearance Monday against the Twins due to lower-back tightness, Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican reports. The Red Sox aren't concerned and think Jansen could be ready to pitch as soon as Tuesday, so his absence shouldn't affect his availability for Opening Day. Jansen had previously been limited by a lat issue and has made just one appearance this spring. It's not an ideal way to prep for the season, but as a one-inning reliever, the 36-year-old closer shouldn't need as much ramp-up time as other pitchers.
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  • Red Sox's Kenley Jansen: Makes spring debut

    Jansen (lat) allowed three runs on three hits and struck out one over two-thirds of an inning in Friday's spring game against Minnesota. Jansen surrendered a pair of home runs in his Grapefruit League debut but wasn't worried about the results. "It's my first outing, and we'll sharpen things up as we go," Jansen told Ian Browne of MLB.com. He's particularly focused on getting his cutter in shape. Jansen estimates he'll need another four outings to be ready for the regular season, and he should have enough time to ramp up before Opening Day. His next scheduled outing comes Monday.
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  • Red Sox's Kenley Jansen: On track to debut Friday

    Jansen (lat) completed a bullpen session Tuesday and is still expected to make his spring debut Friday against the Twins, Ian Browne of MLB.comreports. The veteran closer came into camp dealing with lat soreness but has ramped up his throwing program recently, and he's now on the cusp of game action. Jansen will have just under two weeks to prep for Opening Day in Seattle on March 28.
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  • Red Sox's Kenley Jansen: Eyeing March 15 spring debut

    Jansen (lat) said Wednesday that he's targeting the Red Sox's March 15 game against the Twins for his Grapefruit League debut, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports. Jansen came into camp battling right lat soreness but recently progressed to facing hitters and is a little over a week away from a game appearance. He'll have less than two weeks to prep for Opening Day, but that's not expected to be a problem. Jansen will open the season as Boston's closer.
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