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Sean Doolittle | Relief Pitcher | #62

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 9/26/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Virginia
Drafted: 2007 / Supplemental (Rd. 1) / OAK
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Sean Doolittle worked a perfect ninth inning on Friday against the Dodgers for his fourth save of the season.
Doolittle needed just 10 pitches to set down the Dodgers, throwing eight strikes. He has successfully converted each of his four save attempts this season. His only loss came during a non-save opportunity on April 15 against the Rockies. Doolittle works for a contender and he turns in a high rate of strikeouts, whiffing 19 batters over just 10 innings. Apr 21 - 2:05 AM

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Sean Doolittle was back in the closer's role Tuesday and struck out two in a perfect ninth for his third save.

With Doolittle having worked the previous two days, Ryan Madson got the save chance Monday. Doolittle has allowed three runs and struck out 18 in nine innings this season.
Apr 17 - 10:36 PM

Sean Doolittle tossed a scoreless inning in a non-save situation Thursday versus the Mets.

Washington was down 8-2 when Doolittle came on, so the Nats' closer was essentially just getting some work in. He struck out two of the four batters he faced.
Apr 5 - 4:24 PM

Sean Doolittle gave up a two-run home run but buckled down to earn the save, his second of the year, Sunday against the Reds.

Doolittle hit Scott Schebler with a pitch but looked to be on his way out of trouble before Phil Gosselin hit a two-out, two-run homer to pull the Reds within one. Doolittle then struck out Billy Hamilton to end the contest. Saturday's scare aside, he's converted both save chances and is a top-10 closing option when healthy.
Apr 1 - 10:05 PM

Sean Doolittle slammed the door on the Reds on Friday, working a scoreless ninth inning to preserve a two-run victory.

Doolittle picked up his first save of the season for his efforts. He surrendered a two-out walk to Phillip Ervin, but nothing came of it. The hard-throwing left-hander struck out two in his inning of work.
Mar 30 - 7:24 PM

Sean Doolittle pitched a scoreless inning Thursday and has yet to give up a run in five innings this spring.

Doolittle figures to be treated pretty strictly as a closer after doing so well in the role for the Nationals in the second half of last year. He's a big injury risk, but he should be quite valuable while healthy.
Mar 15 - 5:10 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) said Saturday at Nationals' Winter Fest that he has already started light throwing.

Doolittle battled some shoulder issues during the 2017 campaign, but insists that he's full healthy and ready to go for the upcoming season. The 31-year-old posted a 2.81 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 62/10 K/BB ratio over 51 1/3 innings between the Athletics and Nationals in 2017. Barring the club signing a high-end closer like Wade Davis, Doolittle should open the season as the favorite for saves in the Nats' bullpen.
Sat, Dec 16, 2017 10:29:00 AM

Sean Doolittle pitched a clean ninth inning with a strikeout to finish Wednesday's NLDS Game 4 victory over the Cubs.

It wasn't a save situation, but the Nationals have to be happy with how Doolittle has looked in his two performances in the postseason. He ended Game 4 with a strikeout of Addison Russell to secure the must-win for Washington. Doolittle will hope to get another chance on Thursday in Game 5 for the Nats.
Wed, Oct 11, 2017 08:30:00 PM

Sean Doolittle worked around a base hit to pitch a scoreless ninth inning Saturday, earning the save for the Nationals in a Game 2 win over the Cubs.

Getting his first postseason action since the 2014 American League Wild Card Game, Doolittle gave up a one-out single but induced a game-ending double play to finish it off. The save was his first-ever postseason save.
Sat, Oct 7, 2017 09:55:00 PM

Sean Doolittle earned his 24th save of the season on Monday against the Phillies.

Doolittle retired all three batters he faced in the bottom of the ninth inning, inducing two pop-ups and striking out Ty Kelly to end the night. The left-hander has not blown a save opportunity in his time as the Nationals' closer and for the season he boasts a 2.50 ERA and 0.83 WHIP. Doolittle looks ready for the postseason.
Mon, Sep 25, 2017 10:41:00 PM

Sean Doolittle allowed a single but nothing more Thursday, closing out the Braves for his 21st save.

The southpaw struck out one and didn't allow a walk, needing just 11 pitches to finish the deed. He hasn't been scored upon since August 27 and owns a 2.16 ERA as a member of the Nationals. Overall, Doolittle has a 2.72 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 56/8 K/BB ratio in 46 1/3 innings between the A's and Nats.
Thu, Sep 14, 2017 11:27:00 PM

Sean Doolittle struck out all three batters he faced Friday against the Phillies for his 17th save with the Nationals.

Shawn Kelley began the ninth inning as the Nationals had a four-run lead at the time, but things got interesting after he gave up a three-run homer to Maikel Franco. Doolittle made sure they didn’t get any closer by striking out Tommy Joseph, Jorge Alfaro, and J.P. Crawford swinging to end it. The southpaw has been excellent since coming over from the A’s in mid-July, posting a 2.25 ERA and 24/6 K/BB ratio over 24 innings while going 17-for-17 in save chances.
Fri, Sep 8, 2017 11:30:00 PM

Sean Doolittle struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Thursday, earning the save against the Phillies.

Doolittle drew an easy assignment but was still tasked with protecting a tenuous one-run lead. He did so, retiring J.P. Crawford, Jorge Alfaro and Andres Blanco in order to end the game. The southpaw has now converted 16 saves as a member of the Nationals and 19 overall, posting a 2.84 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 52/8 K/BB ratio over 44 1/3 innings. He's actually been even better since the trade, putting up a 2.35 ERA in 23 innings of work.
Thu, Sep 7, 2017 11:07:00 PM

Despite giving up an unearned run, Sean Doolittle notched his 18th save Tuesday against the Marlins.

A passed ball contributed to the run scoring in the frame. It was just the third run that Doolittle has allowed since the beginning of August. He has a 2.45 ERA in 22 innings for the Nationals.
Tue, Sep 5, 2017 10:18:00 PM

Sean Doolittle worked a scoreless ninth inning Saturday to preserve a 3-2 Nationals win over the Brewers.

Doolittle got a couple quick outs before a single by Hernan Perez brought the potential winning run to the dish, but he got Manny Pina to fly out to end the threat. The save was his 14th in the roughly month and a half since he was acquired by the Nats, and he's got 17 saves in total after securing three as a member of the A's. The southpaw has really established himself at the back end of games for the Washington club, owning a 3.05 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 49/7 K/BB ratio over 41 1/3 innings between the two teams.
Sat, Sep 2, 2017 11:39:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Matt Wieters
2Pedro Severino
3Jhonatan Solano
4Raudy Read
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Matt Adams
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Howie Kendrick
3Wilmer Difo
SS1Trea Turner
3B1Anthony Rendon
2Adrian Sanchez
LF1Adam Eaton
2Moises Sierra
CF1Michael Taylor
2Brian Goodwin
3Andrew Stevenson
RF1Bryce Harper
2Rafael Bautista
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Jeremy Hellickson
6Joe Ross
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Ryan Madson
3Brandon Kintzler
4Koda Glover
5Shawn Kelley
6Joaquin Benoit
7Matt Grace
8Sammy Solis
9Carlos Torres
10Trevor Gott