Jansen, Kimbrel named top relievers
(TSX / STATS) -- Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen and Boston Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel were named the top relief pitchers in their respective leagues, Major League Baseball announced Saturday.
Jansen won the Trevor Hoffman National League Award for the second straight season, while Kimbrel was the recipient of the Mariano Rivera American League Award.
Balloting for the Rivera and Hoffman Awards was based on the voting of seven former standout relievers: Hoffman, Rivera, Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers, Bruce Sutter, John Franco and Billy Wagner.
The voting was based on regular-season performance only.
The 30-year-old Jansen posted a 1.32 ERA and a 0.746 WHIP, allowing only 44 hits and seven walks across 68 1/3 innings, in which he struck out 109 batters.
He had 5-0 record and tied for the NL lead with 41 saves in 42 opportunities.
Jansen, the Dodgers' all-time leader in saves (230), averaged 14.4 strikeouts per nine innings pitched, compared to just 0.9 walks, and limited opponents to a .171 batting average.
Other NL relievers who received votes were Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Corey Knebel and Chicago Cubs right-hander Wade Davis.
Kimbrel had an AL-best 1.43 ERA and a major league best 0.681 WHIP in his 67 games, limiting opponents to 33 hits and 14 walks in his 69.0 innings.
He shared the AL lead among relievers with his 126 strikeouts, the most by a Red Sox reliever since Dick Radatz in 1964. Kimbrel's 16.4 strikeouts per nine innings were the best in the majors.
He limited opposing batters to a .140 average and had a 5-0 record with 35 saves.
Others receiving votes in the AL were Houston Astros right-hander Ken Giles, Astros right-hander Chris Devenski and New York Yankees right-hander David Robertson.
Updated October 28, 2017