Kenley Jansen‘s first year as a Brave has been filled with highs and lows, following in the footsteps of his predecessor. But just like Smith last year, nobody will remember the low moments if he can deliver in October. So far, he’s off to a great start.
Jansen saved all three games against the Mets in what ultimately sealed the NL East and a first-round bye for the Braves. He hasn’t given up a run in his last seven appearances and has only allowed one hit over that stretch. Since the middle of September, Jansen has been exactly what the Braves thought they were getting when they signed him this past offseason, and that continued last night against the Phillies, as he earned his first save of this postseason.
It was a historic one for Jansen as well, as he became just the second closer in postseason history with 20 saves.
Since the stat became official in 1969, only two players have ever reached 20 career saves in the #Postseason:
⚾️ Mariano Rivera (42)
⚾️ 𝗞𝗲𝗻𝗹𝗲𝘆 𝗝𝗮𝗻𝘀𝗲𝗻 (𝟮𝟬)
— bet365 CA (@bet365ca) October 13, 2022
Like most Braves fans, I was ready to give Jansen the boot a month ago. He just didn’t have it, and the addition of Raisel Iglesias at the trade deadline gave Brian Snitker a more than formidable replacement. But there’s a reason Snitker is the manager and I’m sitting on the couch. His faith in Jansen has paid off, as he once again looks like one of the best closers of all time.