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Sean Doolittle | Relief Pitcher | #62

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 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 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. Aug 15 - 10:03 PM

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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.
Aug 13 - 1:49 AM

Sean Doolittle worked a scoreless ninth inning Thursday to earn the save against the Marlins.

Doolittle gave up a hit but nothing more, preserving a one-run lead to earn the save. It was his 10th save of the year and his seventh since joining the Nats on July 16. Since that deal, he has a 3.60 ERA and a solid 3.45 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 39/6 K/BB ratio over 31 1/3 innings overall. The 30-year-old has emerged as the go-to reliever in the Nationals' pen.
Aug 10 - 11:08 PM

Sean Doolittle netted his ninth save of the season on Monday night against the Marlins.

It was his fifth save since debuting with the first-place Nationals on July 18. Doolittle gave up a leadoff single to Miguel Rojas but retired the next three batters he faced. The left-hander is setting himself as manager Dusty Baker's preferred ninth-inning option for the rest of the regular season and postseason.
Aug 7 - 10:19 PM

Sean Doolittle recorded his fifth save as a National and eighth save overall with a scoreless ninth inning Friday versus the Cubs.

Doolittle allowed a leadoff single to Jason Heyward, but he quickly struck out Javier Baez and got Ian Happ to ground into a game-ending double-play ball to preserve the two-run victory. Brandon Kintzler pitched the seventh inning and Ryan Madson handled the eighth, as Doolittle has separated himself for the time being as the guy to own for saves in the Nats' bullpen.
Aug 4 - 5:34 PM

Sean Doolittle earned his seventh save of the season on Monday night against the Marlins.

Doolittle was called into action after Gio Gonzalez lost his no-hit bit in the bottom of the ninth inning and the lefty reliever pitched around a Christian Yelich single to seal a 1-0 victory for the visiting Nats. Doolittle has tallied four saves since coming over in a July 16 trade with the Athletics and appears capable of continuing to fend off Ryan Madson and Brandon Kintzler for Washington's ninth-inning gig.
Jul 31 - 9:34 PM

Sean Doolittle slammed the door on the Rockies in the ninth inning on Sunday, preserving a two-run lead to earn his sixth save of the season.

It's his third save in three chances since being acquired by the Nationals. Doolittle fanned one while retiring all three hitters that he faced in order. Just as they were acquired to do, Ryan Madson struck out a pair over a scoreless eighth inning to preserve the victory.
Jul 30 - 10:21 PM

Sean Doolittle gave up three runs in the ninth inning while pitching in a non-save situation versus the Brewers on Wednesday.

Luckily he had a six-run lead when he entered the game. The Nationals have had a terrible time finding a reliable closer this year and today's game isn't going to make them feel any better. Doolittle did manage to strike out three batters in the inning, but that is small consolation considering he allowed a walk, a single, a double, a two-run homer and a wild pitch all in one inning of work. The bad outing boosted his ERA from 3.33 up to 4.26 in 25 1/3 innings.
Jul 26 - 11:17 PM

Sean Doolittle allowed one unearned run with a walk and a strikeout for his second save Saturday in Arizona.

Doolittle threw 13 of his 18 pitches for strikes, and needed to work a little overtime after Anthony Rendon's throwing error extended the inning and helped a run come in. Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle have been a nice one-two punch in the eighth and ninth inning, which is exactly what Washington hoped after acquiring them.
Jul 23 - 1:59 AM

Sean Doolittle allowed a run, a hit and a walk in the ninth inning in Tuesday's road outing against the Angels, but he held on for his first save.

Doolittle followed up Ryan Madson's scoreless eighth inning, as the Nats showed off their two new toys in the back end of the bullpen in the 4-3 victory at Anaheim. Doolittle and Madson were acquired from the A's on Sunday for a trio of players. The two relievers might share ninth-inning duties in Washington moving forward.
Jul 19 - 5:17 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals are "still weighing trading for a closer."

Heyman notes that new acquisitions Ryan Madson and/or Sean Doolittle "could close" for the Nats, but the club wouldn't mind adding a ninth inning man and use Madson and Doolittle in setup roles. Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported earlier Monday that Washington was still in on Justin Wilson, and David Robertson and Zach Britton are potential options, as well. The Nationals had trade talks with the White Sox about Robertson over the offseason.
Jul 17 - 8:25 PM

Nationals acquired LHP Sean Doolittle and RHP Ryan Madson from the Athletics in exchange for RHP Blake Treinen, LHP Jesus Luzardo and 3B Sheldon Neuse.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal was first to report the deal and it's now official. The Nationals have had the worst bullpen in baseball this season, so adding two relievers in the midst of terrific years certainly helps. Doolittle and Madson might share the closer job in Washington for now, and it wouldn't be a surprise if the Nats are still in the market for another reliever. Treinen could potentially be in the mix for saves in Oakland, although probably not right away.
Jul 16 - 1:04 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Nationals are looking to acquire both Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson from the Athletics.

The Nats have had their eye on Madson for a while but this is the first time they've been linked to Doolittle. It's a good match on paper with the rebuilding A's looking to bottom out and Washington searching high and low for bullpen help. Doolittle and Madson would both be huge upgrades for the Nats, but they won't come cheap. Washington has also been mentioned as suitors for Brad Hand, Raisel Iglesias, Pat Neshek and Justin Wilson.
Jul 15 - 8:30 PM

Sean Doolittle struck out three batters and worked around a hit in a scoreless ninth inning to earn a save against the Yankees on Saturday.

With regular closer Santiago Casilla having pitched in the last two games it was Doolittle who was trusted with the opportunity on Saturday. It was his second save of the season. This is a good indication that if the shaky Casilla ever gets removed from the closer role it could be Doolittle and not Ryan Madson (who worked a scoreless eighth inning today) who takes over the job. Doolittle has a 2.53 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 10 2/3 innings of work.
Jun 17 - 8:00 PM

Athletics activated LHP Sean Doolittle from the 10-day disabled list.

Doolittle will be available out of the Oakland bullpen on Saturday against the Rays after missing over a month with a shoulder strain. The left-handed setup man worked a perfect inning as part of a combined no-hitter in his final rehab appearance Wednesday with Triple-A Nashville.
Jun 10 - 11:28 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Matt Wieters
2Jose Lobaton
3Pedro Severino
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Adam Lind
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Wilmer Difo
SS1Trea Turner
2Stephen Drew
3Adrian Sanchez
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
2Howie Kendrick
3Ryan Raburn
CF1Michael Taylor
2Brian Goodwin
3Andrew Stevenson
4Adam Eaton
RF1Bryce Harper
2Alejandro De Aza
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Edwin Jackson
6Joe Ross
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Brandon Kintzler
3Ryan Madson
4Koda Glover
5Shawn Kelley
6Matt Albers
7Oliver Perez
8Enny Romero
9Matt Grace
10Joe Blanton
11Sammy Solis