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Blake Treinen | Relief Pitcher | #39

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (29) / 6/30/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 226
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: South Dakota State
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 7 (0) / OAK
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Blake Treinen worked a perfect ninth inning in Friday's game against Baltimore for his third save.
Treinen was sharp, peppering the zone for 10 strikes on 16 pitches. Since coming over from the Nationals in mid-July, Treinen has allowed just two earned runs and eight hits over 14 1/3 innings across 14 appearances. He continues to look like the best bet for saves in Oakland at the moment. Aug 12 - 2:59 AM

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Blake Treinen was charged with a blown save after giving up a run in the seventh inning Friday against the Angels.

Treinen seems to be the favorite for saves in Oakland with Santiago Casilla out of favor, but he isn't being saved for the ninth, at least not yet. The blown save tonight was a tough one; he was brought into a 6-4 game with the bases loaded and none out. He went on to give up three singles, which not only cleared the bases but also resulted in a run being charged to his account. Since he didn't walk anyone or give up any particularly loud hits, he probably didn't significantly hurt his cause tonight.
Aug 5 - 1:49 AM

Blake Treinen picked up his first save as a member of the A's by working a scoreless ninth inning Monday against the Giants.

Treinen got the nod tonight even after blowing a save in his first real try Thursday against the Blue Jays. Consider him Oakland's closer of the moment, but don't be too surprised if any sort of stumble quickly takes him out of the mix.
Aug 1 - 1:50 AM

Blake Treinen blew his first true save chance as an Athletic when he allowed a game-tying solo home run to Kendrys Morales on Thursday.

Treinen came on with two down in the eighth and got the third out on one pitch. He came back out for the ninth and Morales took him deep to lead off the frame. The reliever pitched around a walk to get out of the frame, but the damage had already been done. Treinen hadn't allowed an earned run as an Athletic prior to Thursday and is probably the favorite for saves even after blowing his first save chance, although manager Bob Melvin was noncommittal after the game.
Jul 27 - 5:02 PM

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

Treinen began the season as the Nationals' closer, but he flamed out quickly and has ultimately posted a 5.73 ERA over 37 appearances. However, Treinen's stuff is unquestioned and it wouldn't be a surprise at all if he bounces back nicely in Oakland. He's under team control through 2020.
Jul 16 - 1:23 PM

Blake Treinen fell apart in the ninth inning on Thursday, allowing three hits and three runs in a loss to the Cubs.

It was Treinen’s second blown save of the year. Called on to protect a 4-2 lead with co-closers Matt Albers and Enny Romero unavailable, Treinen imploded, allowing a hit-by-pitch and two singles before yielding a go-ahead double to Jon Jay with two outs in the ninth. Stephen Drew had a chance to turn a game-ending double play but was only able to get the out at second base as the Cubs rally continued. With Koda Glover out indefinitely and none of their current relievers up to the task, the Nats need to solve their disastrous closer situation before things get out of hand. Perhaps it’s time to give Francisco Rodriguez, who was signed to a minor league deal earlier this week, a try in the ninth inning.
Jun 29 - 8:04 PM

Blake Treinen gave up three runs and six hits in one-third of an inning Monday against the Rockies.

We're not sure why Dusty Baker let his deposed closer give up six hits, but it cost the Nationals their chance of coming back in this one. Granted, the Nationals' pen is a little worn down after the weekend. Treinen, though, could have been pulled earlier. He now has a 9.82 ERA, and it's obvious he won't be closing again anytime soon.
Apr 25 - 12:52 AM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker confirmed late Tuesday that there will likely be a change at closer.

"This ain't working," said Baker in his postgame chat with the media. Blake Treinen was pulled from a save opportunity after walking in a run Tuesday night against the Braves and Shawn Kelley went on to finish out the 3-1 win. Kelley comes with some workload limitations, but he's probably the guy to own right now in the Washington bullpen.
Apr 18 - 11:23 PM

Blake Treinen was pulled from a save chance after walking in a run versus the Braves on Tuesday.

Treinen had a plum save opportunity in this one, entering the bottom of the ninth with a 3-0 lead. However, he yielded a leadoff single to Freddie Freeman and then a one-out single to Nick Markakis. Treinen then walked the next two batters to force in a run and was yanked in favor of Shawn Kelley at that point. To make matters worse for Treinen, Kelley quickly disposed of the Braves with a foulout and a strikeout. We'll have to see what Nationals manager Dusty Baker says, but Kelley might be the new closer in Washington. Treinen holds a 7.11 ERA and 2.53 WHIP on the season.
Apr 18 - 11:07 PM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said that Blake Treinen wasn't available to pitch Monday due to his recent heavy usage.

Treinen hasn't pitched since Friday, but that was his fourth appearance in five days and Baker evidently wanted his closer to get some extended rest. He'll be available to pitch Tuesday. The skipper had Shawn Kelley warming for a potential save chance Monday and Kelley still pitched even after the game was broken open. He gave up a solo homer to Jedd Gyorko. Koda Glover pitched the eighth ahead of Kelley, so it would appear Kelley might be next in line for saves.
Apr 10 - 11:23 PM

Blake Treinen delivered another shaky outing against the Phillies on Friday, but managed to escape with his second save of the season.

Treinen was tagged with his first blown save of the season on Thursday and Dusty Baker threw him right back into the fire with a three-run lead entering the ninth inning on Friday. He proceeded to allow a leadoff single to Cameron Rupp and a two-run blast to Freddy Galvis before settling in and recording the final three outs. Koda Glover worked a perfect eighth inning to get the ball to Treinen and is lurking for those speculating on saves.
Apr 7 - 6:47 PM

Blake Treinen gave up a two-out RBI single to suffer the blown save Thursday against the Marlins.

Instead of starting the inning, Treinen was called on to get the final out with the tying run on third base. Tyler Moore singled to tie the game, and though Treinen got the third out without further incident, the Marlins would go on to win an inning later. It was an unfortunate outing, but not much should be read into it. Treinen is still a very capable reliever in line to get plenty of save chances for the Nats.
Apr 6 - 10:39 PM

Blake Treinen tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning against the Marlins on Monday for his first save of the season.

Treinen, who appeared to have some extra adrenaline pumping for his first save chance, struck out two batters and needed 17 pitches to get through the frame. His ground ball-heavy ways could be more valuable for tough spots in the seventh or eighth innings, but he has the stuff and movement to do just fine in the role. Outings like this will only help his standing.
Apr 3 - 4:11 PM

Blake Treinen has been named the Nationals' closer.

Nationals manager Dusty Baker made the announcement Thursday in camp. Koda Glover looked like the favorite at one point, with Shawn Kelley probably next in line, but Treinen has been terrific this spring and offers the Nats the best combination of reliability and durability leading into 2017. He also has one of the best power sinkers in the sport. Treinen obviously needs to be owned in all fantasy leagues with Opening Day approaching.
Mar 30 - 12:07 PM

Blake Treinen struck out a pair in a scoreless inning to record a save in Thursday's win over the Mets.

Ty Kelly reached on a one-out single, but Treinen got Michael Conforto to ground out and Juan Lagares to go down swinging to close things out. That Treinen pitched the ninth is notable, as Nationals manager Dusty Baker is the rare skipper who likes to pitch his closers in the final inning during spring training. Still, Treinen might be third in the pecking order behind Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover for saves even though he's struck out six over three scoreless frames this spring.
Mar 23 - 5:55 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Bruce Maxwell
2Josh Phegley
3Dustin Garneau
1B1Matt Olson
2Mark Canha
2B1Jed Lowrie
SS1Marcus Semien
2Chad Pinder
3B1Matt Chapman
LF1Khris Davis
CF1Rajai Davis
2Boog Powell
3Jake Smolinski
4Dustin Fowler
RF1Matt Joyce
DH1Ryon Healy
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Kendall Graveman
2Sean Manaea
3Andrew Triggs
4Jharel Cotton
5Paul Blackburn
6Chris Smith
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Blake Treinen
2Santiago Casilla
3Ryan Dull
4Liam Hendriks
5Chris Hatcher
6Daniel Coulombe
7Simon Castro
8Michael Brady
9Bobby Wahl