Red Sox closer Kenley Jansen joins elite club with 400th save

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On Wednesday night, Boston Red Sox closer Kenley Jansen recorded his 400th career save, a feat only six other pitchers have accomplished.

Jansen finished off Boston's 5-2 win over his former Braves by working around a one-out double. In his first season with the Red Sox, he has already racked up nine saves, only behind Josh Hader (11) and Emmanuel Clase (13)

Red Sox closer Kenley Jansen joins 400 save club

Jansen joins an elite club of closers:

  • Mariano Rivera (652 saves)
  • Trevor Hoffman (601)
  • Lee Smith (478)
  • Francisco Rodriguez (437)
  • John Franco (424)
  • Billy Wagner (424)

Jansen has the most saves among active pitchers, but former Red Sox reliever Craig Kimbrel is only three behind. 

Over the course of 14 seasons in the majors, Jansen's 778 relief appearances have resulted in a 43-28 record and a 2.43 ERA. He signed with the Atlanta Braves before the 2022 season after spending the first 12 years of his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Jansen has helped lead a stellar Boston bullpen this year. According to the RedSox rank 8th in the bullpen era sitting at 3.42. They have managed to strike out 148 batters while only allowing 48 walks over the first 38 games of the season.

Jansen has a career strikeout total of 1,124 from 780 2/3 innings pitched.

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