Originally posted on Sons of Steve Garvey  |  Last updated 10/5/11
As others had pointed out in earlier posts and emails to us, Kenley Jansen's performance last year was an under-the-radar record-setting performance. In fact, Jansen now owns the major league record for strikeouts per nine innings (minimum 50 innings), with a K/9 record of 16.9. LOS ANGELES -- The season-ending buzz over Clayton Kershaw and Matt Kemp pretty much obscured the one Dodger who did something more successfully this year than anybody ever has in the Majors. That would be rookie reliever Kenley Jansen, who set a Major League record by striking out a staggering 16.1 batters per nine innings (with a minimum of 50 innings). Jansen fanned 96 in 53 2/3 innings, raising the bar from the 15.99 mark set by Cubs closer Carlos Marmol last year. "And I had an 11.45 ERA in April," Jansen points out with equal parts pride and astonishment, a splashy 2.85 ERA at the finish underscoring an in-season transformation almost as remarkable as the one he made two years ago when he went f...
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