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Blake Treinen | Relief Pitcher | #45

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (28) / 6/30/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 226
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: South Dakota State
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 7 (0) / OAK
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

Blake Treinen earned his first career save on Wednesday afternoon against the Indians.

Treinen was called into the game with two men on and one out in the bottom of the ninth inning and promptly induced a threat-ending doubleplay from Roberto Perez. Jonathan Papelbon was getting the day off after blowing his second consecutive save on Tuesday night. Nationals manager Dusty Baker hinted in his postgame press conference that he could make a change at closer, and Treinen would probably be in the running to replace him. The 28-year-old right-hander owns a 2.01 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 40 1/3 innings this season.
Wed, Jul 27, 2016 03:38:00 PM

Blake Treinen pitched four scoreless innings after relieving an injured Joe Ross against the Tigers on Sunday.

The Nationals say Trienen isn't being considered for a rotation spot, but he's certainly looked the part while getting the opportunity this spring. He's pitched eight scoreless innings with an 8/1 K/BB ratio to date. Still, the plan is to use him as a short reliever again this year.
Sun, Mar 20, 2016 04:57:00 PM

Starting in place of an injured Bronson Arroyo, Blake Treinen struck out four in two scoreless innings against the Marlins on Wednesday.

Treinen has made two starts this spring, but he'll be a part of the Nationals' bullpen to begin the year. A modest disappointment last season, he possesses the stuff to become one of the NL's better setup men.
Wed, Mar 16, 2016 03:47:00 PM

Blake Treinen started and threw two scoreless innings in the Nationals' 5-2 victory over the Cardinals on Sunday.

We'd like to see what Treinen could do as a starter, but the Nationals don't have any room for him in their rotation. He's challenging for a setup role instead, though he's more likely to be a middle reliever initially.
Sun, Mar 6, 2016 04:52:00 PM

Nationals recalled RHP Blake Treinen from Triple-A Syracuse.

Treinen got shelled for four earned runs in his last outing with Washington, which ballooned his season ERA to 4.39. The 27-year-old was on a roll at Syracuse and should do fine in his return to a middle relief role.
Thu, Aug 6, 2015 11:44:00 AM

Nationals optioned RHP Blake Treinen to Triple-A Syracuse.

Treinen was charged with four earned runs at the end of Sunday's loss to the Dodgers, watching his season ERA rise from 3.54 to 4.39. He should get another shot soon.
Mon, Jul 20, 2015 02:17:00 PM

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LF1Jayson Werth
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S1Max Scherzer
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Relief Pitcher
R1Koda Glover
2Shawn Kelley
3Blake Treinen
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5Oliver Perez
6Joe Blanton
7Jacob Turner
8Enny Romero
9Matt Grace
10Sammy Solis