Hendriks, Jansen are August's top relievers

September 2nd, 2020

Athletics closer Liam Hendriks has been named the American League Reliever of the Month for August, and the Dodgers’ Kenley Jansen has earned National League honors.

After a breakout 2019 at age 30, Hendriks has continued to dominate. The right-hander allowed only one run on six hits and one walk over 14 innings in August, striking out 20 in that span. He went 9-for-9 in save chances and also picked up two wins.

Hendriks won his first Reliever of the Month Award last June.

Jansen, meanwhile, hadn’t won since 2017.

Amid a resurgence in 2020, the longtime Dodgers closer had a 1.54 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, 19 strikeouts and four walks over 11 2/3 innings in August, going 8-for-9 in save opportunities.