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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 Thursday against the Orioles to earn his 20th save.
Doolittle needed 14 pitches to dispatch of the middle of the Orioles' order, retiring Mark Trumbo, Jonathan Schoop and Craig Gentry to preserve the two-run lead. There wasn't much consternation surrounding Doolittle's role following the Nationals' acquisition of Royals closer Kelvin Herrera, but it's still reassuring to see him getting the call in the ninth, especially with Herrera pitching the eighth in pretty clearly defined roles. The southpaw has earned the ninth inning with an insane 1.65 ERA, 0.55 WHIP and 43/3 K/BB ratio over 32 2/3 innings this year. Jun 21 - 10:05 PM

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Sean Doolittle served up a solo home run but hung on to collect the save Tuesday against the Orioles.

Joey Rickard left the yard with one out in the ninth inning, but Doolittle bounced back to retire the next two batters to preserve the two-run victory. It's the first time in a month that the closer has given up a run. New acquisition Kelvin Herrera pitched a perfect eighth inning ahead of Doolittle.
Jun 19 - 10:24 PM

Sean Doolittle recorded his 18th save of the season on Monday, working a perfect ninth inning against the Yankees in the completion of May 15th's game.

Doolittle came in with a two-run lead and mowed down the heart of the Yankees' order, striking out Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, then getting Gary Sanchez on a fly ball. Doolittle has been a monster in the closer's role for the Nationals, compiling a 1.47 ERA, 0.55 WHIP and 43/3 K/BB ratio.
Jun 18 - 6:15 PM

Sean Doolittle fanned one batter in a perfect ninth inning to earn a save against the Yankees on Wednesday.

Very few if any closers have been better than Doolittle this year. He has 17 saves in 18 chances with a 1.52 ERA and 0.57 WHIP in 28 games. He has 41 strikeouts against just three walks in 29 2/3 innings.
Jun 13 - 11:15 PM

Sean Doolittle slammed the door on the Giants on Saturday, preserving a two-run lead to earn his 16th save of the season.

Doolittle came on to get the final out in the eighth inning, then remained on to work the ninth, allowing just one hit and striking out one in the process. The left-hander has done a terrific job in the closer's role for the Nationals, compiling a 1.57 ERA, 0.59 WHIP and 40/3 K/BB ratio across 28 2/3 innings while converting 16 of his first 17 save chances.
Jun 9 - 3:53 PM

Sean Doolittle needed just seven pitches to notch his 15th save of the season Tuesday in a win over the Rays.

Doolittle was on to protect a two-run lead and induced a groundout, lineout and strikeout to lock things down. The Nationals' closer has been one of the best relievers in baseball this season and hasn't been scored upon in seven appearances.
Jun 5 - 9:47 PM

Sean Doolittle retired the side in order in the fourteenth inning to earn his fourteenth save on Saturday against the Braves.

Symmetry. Doolittle has been fantastic this year. He has always been good but has rarely been healthy in his career. He has 38 strikeouts against three walks in 26 1/3 innings, which has led to a miniscule 1.71 ERA and 0.61 WHIP in 25 games. He will remain one of the best closers in baseball as long as he doesn't go down with another injury.
Jun 2 - 9:22 PM

Sean Doolittle made it interesting by yielding two base hits in the ninth inning but didn't allow any runs while a earning save against the Orioles on Wednesday.

Called upon to preserve a 2-0 win for Max Scherzer in the final frame, he allowed singles to the first two batters of the inning. He caught a break when Craig Gentry got nailed trying to steal third base. He then induced Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop to fly out to end the ballgame. Doolittle has been perhaps the best closer in baseball so far this year. He has 13 saves in 14 chances with a 1.78 ERA and 0.63 WHIP. He has an amazing 38:3 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 25 1/3 innings.
May 30 - 10:07 PM

Sean Doolittle stranded the tying run at second base to nail down the save in Tuesday's win over the Orioles.

Doolittle nicked Trey Mancini with a pitch with one out and Joey Rickard followed with an infield single to put the tying and winning runs on. The Nationals closer then buckled down to strike out Craig Gentry and Andrew Susac to end it. He's converted 12 of 13 save chances this season.
May 29 - 11:08 PM

Sean Doolittle earned his 11th save of the season via a scoreless ninth inning in Saturday's win over the Marlins.

Doolittle was called upon for a five-out save on Friday, but if his arm was feeling it, he didn't show it in Saturday's appearance. Working with a 4-1 lead to start the bottom of the ninth, he required just 11 pitches (eight strikes) to polish off the victory. The closer is now 11-of-12 in save opportunities and has pitched to a 1.93 ERA and 36/3 K/BB ratio across 33 1/3 frames. It's been a strong, strong campaign to date.
May 26 - 8:31 PM

Sean Doolittle secured a five-out save in Friday’s win over the Marlins.

It tied his longest outing of the season, though he needed just 13 pitches to get through it while retiring all five batters he faced. He struck out two batters along the way. Doolittle has been great since coming over from the A’s last year. He’s 10-for-11 in save chances this year while sporting a 2.01 ERA, 0.58 WHIP, and 35/3 K/BB ratio over 22 1/3 innings.
May 25 - 11:41 PM

Sean Doolittle struck out the side in the top of the ninth inning and picked up a victory after the Nationals had a walk-off win in the bottom of the frame.

Doolittle bounced back from a rare rough outing as he blew his first save of the season his last time out. He's been unscored upon in 17 of 20 appearances this season and now boasts a 33/3 K/BB ratio over 20 2/3 innings.
May 22 - 10:39 PM

Sean Doolittle allowed two earned runs and three hits in a blown save Saturday in Game 2 of a doubleheader against the visiting Dodgers.

Doolittle was treated a little rudely by the struggling Dodgers, as well as the booing home fans, but this was his first blown save in 10 chances. It was also Doolittle's first runs allowed since April 15, snapping a string of 10 2/3 scoreless innings of work. He isn't even close to skating on thin ice as the closer and remains a fantasy mainstay.
May 20 - 12:43 AM

Sean Doolittle collected his seventh save of the season via a scoreless inning of work in Thursday's 11-inning win over the Diamondbacks.

After the Nationals managed to plate a run in the top of the 11th inning, Doolittle came on to attempt to hold the score at 2-1 and finish off the win for the road team. He did, ultimately, but it took a little work. After striking out A.J. Pollock to open the bottom of the frame, Steven Souza reached on an infield single. Following a flyout from Ketel Marte, Souza then stole second to set up a potential game-tying rally. That's when Doolittle put his foot down, inducing a popout from Nick Ahmed to close out the win. He's now a cool 7-for-7 in save opportunities on the year and owns a sharp 1.62 ERA over the course of 16 2/3 innings.
May 11 - 2:26 AM

Sean Doolittle picked up the win on Sunday against the Braves while throwing a scoreless ninth inning.

Doolittle didn't allow a hit or a walk, and he struck out two. The former Athletics' stopper now has an ERA of 1.72, and he has an impressive 24 strikeouts in just 15 2/3 innings of work. As the Nationals start to win more games -- and they will -- Doolittle should start to see many more save opportunities.
May 6 - 5:30 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Matt Wieters
2Pedro Severino
3Spencer Kieboom
4Jhonatan Solano
5Raudy Read
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Matt Adams
3Mark Reynolds
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Howie Kendrick
3Wilmer Difo
SS1Trea Turner
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Adam Eaton
2Juan Soto
CF1Michael Taylor
2Brian Goodwin
RF1Bryce Harper
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Jeremy Hellickson
6Erick Fedde
7Joe Ross
8Jefry Rodriguez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Kelvin Herrera
3Ryan Madson
4Brandon Kintzler
5Justin Miller
6Shawn Kelley
7Matt Grace
8Sammy Solis
9Tim Collins
10Joaquin Benoit
11Koda Glover