Craig Kimbrel of the Red Sox and Kenley Jansen of the Dodgers threw "immaculate innings" within a week of each other back in May, each striking out the side on nine pitches for only the 78th and 79th occurrences in Major League Baseball history.

Maybe it was a harbinger that they would accept the highest honor for a relief pitcher from MLB and presenting sponsor The Hartford before Game 4 at the World Series. Kimbrel received the Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year Award, and Jansen collected his second straight Trevor Hoffman National League Reliever of the Year Award, in a press conference on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park.

The announcement was made by Commissioner Rob Manfred and Doug Elliot, president of The Hartford. Rivera and Hoffman, who rank 1-2 on baseball's all-time saves list, continued their tradition of sitting alongside the recipients of the trophy named in their honor.

Jansen, joining the ceremony in his Dodgers uniform while trying to bring his club its first World Series title since 1988, became the first pitcher to win either the Rivera or Hoffman Award consecutively in the award's four-year history. The eighth-year Major Leaguer has been a key cog of one of the best seasons in Dodger franchise history, as the club set a Los Angeles-era record with 104 wins en route to its fifth consecutive NL West title.