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Ranking the 10 best pitchers in the National League East

Aug 4, 2022; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets starting pitchers Jacob deGrom (left) and
Aug 4, 2022; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets starting pitchers Jacob deGrom (left) and / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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9) Best pitchers in the NL East: Kenley Jansen

This past offseason, the Braves signed an elite closer to replace the shaky Will Smith. This came after they won the World Series with Smith still on the team. Kenley came to Atlanta after 12 years of dominance with the Dodgers. Since arriving to Atlanta he's had some ups and downs, but has been really good overall.

Jansen has a 3.11 ERA in 46 appearances for Atlanta. He's converted 28 of his 32 save opportunities.

Jansen used to be a guy who threw virtually only cutters. With some diminished velocity, he's incorporated a sinker and a slider that have allowed him to remain dominant.

Hitters are still struggling against his cutter as they've hit .172 against it, but his slider has turned into a really good pitch as well, as hitters hit just .179 against that pitch.

Jansen gives the Braves security in the ninth as he's one of the best closers of all time. He has 378 career saves with many more coming. Jansen also comes with a lengthy postseason history as the Dodgers make the playoffs pretty much every year.

Jansen has a 2.13 career ERA on the big stage and has converted 19 saves in 22 opportunities.

Jansen has given the Braves exactly what they signed up for thus far, and despite his age, he's still one of the better relievers in the game and the second best reliever in this division.

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