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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
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

Sean Doolittle allowed a run on three hits in the ninth inning on Sunday, but managed to escape with his 16th save of the season.

Doolittle came on with a two-run lead to protect, but gave up a leadoff single to Travis d'Arnaud and a one-out single to Garin Cecchini that put the tying runs on base. A two-out single from Jose Reyes plated one run, but Doolittle was able to bear down and get the final out. Doolittle has now converted 16 of his first 17 save chances on the season.
Sun, Aug 27, 2017 11:37:00 PM

Sean Doolittle continued to shine in his ninth-inning role on Tuesday, retiring all three hitters he faced to protect a one-run advantage against the Astros.

Doolittle was summoned to face the 9-1-2 hitters in a dangerous Astros' lineup and needed just eight pitches to get the job done, which included a strike out of J.D. Davis. He owns a brilliant 2.89 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 48/7 K/BB ratio across 37 1/3 frames on the year while converting 15 of his 16 save chances.
Wed, Aug 23, 2017 01:21:00 AM

Sean Doolittle struck out all three batters that he faced in the ninth inning on Sunday, protecting a three-run lead to earn his 14th save of the season.

The 30-year-old southpaw has been terrific since joining the Nationals, adding stability at the back end of the bullpen. He owns a 2.97 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 47/7 K/BB ratio over 36 1/3 innings on the season.
Sun, Aug 20, 2017 08:20:00 PM

Sean Doolittle registered his 10th save with the Nationals courtesy of a scoreless ninth inning in Thursday's win over the Padres.

Doolittle came in to start the ninth with the Nationals up just 2-1. He proceeded to strike out two, wrapping up the save needing 13 pitches (eight strikes). The southpaw reliever is now 10-for-10 in save opportunities since coming over to the Nationals from the A's in July.
Fri, Aug 18, 2017 01:30:00 AM

Sean Doolittle notched his ninth save for the Nationals and 12th save of the season Tuesday against the Angels.

On to protect a two-run lead, Doolittle induced a couple groundouts and a strikeout to easily nail down the victory. The left-hander is unscored up in his last nine appearances and is a perfect 9-for-9 in save opportunities since joining the Nats.
Tue, Aug 15, 2017 10:03:00 PM

Sean Doolittle retired the side in order to snare a save versus the Giants on Saturday.

He notched a pair of strikeouts and made it look easy. It was his eighth save since joining the Nationals and 11th overall. He has a 3.34 ERA with 41 strikeouts in 32 1/3 innings and seems to have a solid grip on the closer's job in Dusty Baker's bullpen.
Sun, Aug 13, 2017 01:49:00 AM

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