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Sean Doolittle | Relief Pitcher

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/26/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 212
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Sean Doolittle pitched a perfect ninth to pick up his seventeenth save of the season on Tuesday.
Doolittle didn't allow a walk or hit and struck out one as the A's won 3-0. Doolittle wasn't even supposed to be in this position, but Jim Johnson's catastrophic failures early in the season opened the door for Doolittle, who has walked through in style. He has a 2.49 ERA and a WHIP of 0.63 to go with an impressive 70/4 K/BB ratio over 49+ innings. Aug 6 - 2:42 AM

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Sean Doolittle stemmed the tide of a five-run Astros comeback attempt to earn his 15th save in Wednesday's win.

Bob Melvin sent in the maligned Jim Johnson with a 9-2 lead in the top of the eighth inning. Surely, a seven-run cushion made it safe to use the former closer. But no. Johnson surrendered four runs (three earned) on four hits without recording an out. By the time Oakland got out of the frame, the score was 9-7, a lead Doolittle was tasked with protecting. He fired a perfect ninth, striking out one. Doolittle is 15-for-18 in save conversions to go with a 2.70 ERA and 0.64 WHIP.
Jul 24 - 1:53 AM

Sean Doolittle got four outs for his 14th save on Sunday, closing out a win over the Mariners.

Doolittle entered with two runners on and two outs in the eighth inning, getting Kyle Seager to pop out to end the threat. He worked a perfect ninth for his 14th save. The lefty has a 2.89 ERA, 0.66 WHIP and 63/2 K/BB ratio over 43 2/3 innings this year, and he enters the second half firmly entrenched as the A's closer.
Jul 13 - 9:15 PM

Sean Doolittle allowed a solo home run but closed out the Blue Jays on Sunday for his 13th save of the season.

After a long stretch of scoreless outings that led to him becoming the A's closer, Doolittle has now allowed at least one run in three of his last five appearances. The solo home run by Steve Tolleson didn't affect the outcome, though, and he set down the rest of the batters he faced to earn the save. Even with a few hiccups, Doolittle has a 2.98 ERA, 0.69 WHIP and 61/2 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings and should continue to pitch well into the second half.
Jul 6 - 10:21 PM

Sean Doolittle struck out two in a shutout ninth inning to pick up his 12th save in Thursday's win over the Blue Jays.

It was a nice bounceback appearance for Doolittle, who coughed up a walkoff grand slam to Rajai Davis on Monday. He'd given up five runs over his last two outings. The lefty is now 12-for-13 in save chances and sports a 2.90 ERA, a 0.67 WHIP, and an insane 59/2 K/BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings.
Jul 3 - 11:47 PM

Sean Doolittle gave up a walkoff grand slam to Rajai Davis in the ninth inning of Monday's loss to the Tigers.

Doolittle entered the night having allowed one walk, two homers and 22 hits in 39 innings, but he gave up a walk, a homer and three hits while getting just one out in this one. Of course, everyone is allowed an off night once in a while. Unfortunately for Doolittle, it comes at a time when the All-Star rosters are close to getting chosen, and his current 2.97 ERA is a lot less attractive than his previous 2.08 mark.
Jun 30 - 11:46 PM

Sean Doolittle struck out the side in the ninth inning to pick up his 11th save in Wednesday's win over the Mets.

Doolittle made quick work of Ruben Tejada, Lucas Duda, and Anthony Recker to protect a three-run lead. The lefty is now 11-for-12 in save chances and sports a 1.95 ERA, a 0.57 WHIP, and a jaw-dropping 53/1 K/BB ratio in 37 innings.
Jun 25 - 10:47 PM

Sean Doolittle picked up his ninth save of the season Wednesday in the A's 4-2 defeat of the Rangers.

Doolittle struck out two of the three batters he faced in a perfect ninth inning. The 27-year-old left-hander boasts an absurd 48/1 K/BB ratio in 34 innings this season and has simply run away with Oakland's closer gig.
Jun 18 - 6:36 PM

Sean Doolittle slammed the door on the Orioles in the 11th inning on Friday, striking out each of the three hitters that he faced to protect a one-run advantage.

There hasn't been a better pitcher in baseball over the past five weeks, as Doolittle hasn't allowed a run in his last 16 appearances (17 1/3 innings) while posting an absolutely dominant 29/1 K/BB ratio. He looks poised to lock down the closer's job in Oakland for the foreseeable future and needs to be started in all mixed leagues.
Jun 6 - 10:54 PM

Sean Doolittle worked a perfect ninth inning to pick up his seventh save in Wednesday's win over the Yankees.

Doolittle has been nearly unhittable since the start of May. Wednesday's outing marked his 15th consecutive scoreless appearance. He is now 7-for-8 in save opportunities and has a 2.57 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, and 39/1 K/BB ratio in 28 innings.
Jun 4 - 11:04 PM

Sean Doolittle worked a perfect 10th inning to pick up his sixth save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Yankees.

The A's put up a three-spot in the top of the tenth, removing almost all pressure on Doolittle to convert the save. The lefty got a weak pop up, a strikeout, and a weak ground out in the frame. Doolittle hasn't allowed a run since April 26 and now has a 2.67 ERA, 0.74 WHIP, and a 39/1 K/BB ratio in 27 innings.
Jun 3 - 11:53 PM

Sean Doolittle picked up his fifth save of the season on Sunday, striking out all three hitters he faced in the ninth inning.

Doolittle has been a force out of the A's bullpen this season, registering a 2.77 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 38/1 K/BB ratio over 26 innings. The hard-throwing southpaw looks poised to lock down the closer's job for a considerable amount of time and should be started in all mixed leagues at this point.
Jun 1 - 8:18 PM

Sean Doolittle picked up his fourth save of the season in Wednesday's win over the Rays.

Doolittle struck out a pair in a scoreless ninth. The lefty has settled down after a nightmarish April, now stringing together 10 consecutive scoreless appearances. In those 10 games, Doolittle has struck out 19 and walked one in 11 1/3 innings.
May 21 - 11:16 PM

Sean Doolittle struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning to earn his third save of the season, closing out the Athletics' 3-0 win over the Rays on Tuesday.

Doolittle hadn't issued a free pass all season before walking slugger Ryan Hanigan with two outs. It was an otherwise carefree inning of work, as he struck out Evan Longoria and Wil Myers before getting Logan Forsythe to pop out to end the game. He still hasn't allowed a run in 9 1/3 innings in May, lowering his ERA to 3.27. Closer-needy teams should be all over the southpaw by now.
May 20 - 11:44 PM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday that "the way things are setting up, (Sean Doolittle will) be in the closer role."

Doolittle closed out the Rays with a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday to earn his third save of the season. With a 3.27 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and ridiculous 30/1 K/BB ratio over 22 innings this season, Doolittle has probably been the team's best reliever. He's been unscored upon in his last nine appearances and is certainly good enough to run with the role.
May 20 - 11:08 PM

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