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62 Sean Doolittle RP
Height/Weight: 6-3/212 | Birthdate: 9/26/1986 | Birthplace: Rapid City, SD | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Oakland | College: Virginia | MLB Experience: 3 | Salary: $492,500 | Owned/Started%: 83/72 | Average Draft Position: 237.18
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Sean Doolittle picks up two-out save Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:59 am ET) Athletics closer Sean Doolittle allowed three runners on base but still managed to pick up a rare two-out save Friday night against the Angels. Doolittle struck out two, allowed two hits and a walk in two-thirds of a scoreless inning. He has converted 19 of 22 save chances, with a 2.32 ERA and a 0.70 WHIP over 54 1/3 innings of relief.

Sean Doolittle delivers 18th save Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Athletics closer Sean Doolittle earned his 18th save Friday, giving up one hit and striking out two in a scoreless ninth inning to slam the door on his team's 6-5 win over the Twins.

Doolittle has been excellent in his last nine outings, delivering nine scoreles innings while allowing just two hits and two walks and striking out 12 batters. He owns a 2.44 ERA, 0.64 WHIP and 73:4 K:BB ratio in 51 2/3 innings.


Sean Doolittle earns 17th save Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Athletics closer Sean Doolittle delivered his 17th save Tuesday, striking out one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off his team's 3-0 win over the Rays.

Doolittle has allowed just one hit in his last eight outings combined, and he hasn't surrendered a run since early July. He's also managed to record at least one strikeout in 15 straight appearances. Doolittle owns a 2.49 ERA, 0.63 WHIP and 71:4 K:BB ratio in 50 2/3 innings.


Sean Doolittle secures 16th save Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Athletics closer Sean Doolittle recorded his 16th save Tuesday, striking out one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off his team's 7-4 win over the Astros.

Doolittle may have uncharacteristically issued two walks in his last four outings, but he hasn't given up a hit in six straight appearances. He owns a 2.59 ERA, 0.64 WHIP and 69:4 K:BB ratio in 48 2/3 innings.


Sean Doolittle tosses perfect inning in 15th save


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Athletics closer Sean Doolittle earned his 15th save Wednesday, striking out one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off his team's 9-7 win over the Astros.

Doolittle picked up his first save of the second half, though was pitching for the third time in a four-day span. Another clean sheet gives the breakout performer a 2.70 ERA, 0.64 WHIP and 67:3 K:BB ratio in 46 2/3 innings.


Sean Doolittle converts four-out save vs. Seattle


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) Athletics closer Sean Doolittle struck out two and retired the final four batters of the game for the save Sunday afternoon against the Mariners in Seattle.

Doolittle needed only 17 pitches to close out a 4-1 victory. He has converted 14 of 17 save opportunities, with a 2.89 ERA and a 0.66 WHIP over 43 2/3 innings of relief.

Sean Doolittle serves up homer despite locking down 13th save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) Athletics closer Sean Doolittle was not sharp, but still managed to pick up his 13th save of the season Sunday against the Blue Jays.

Doolittle permitted a solo home run to Steve Tolleson in the ninth inning before locking down a 4-2 victory. He was charged with one run on one hit and no walk while striking out one over an inning of work. He is 13 of 16 in save chances, with a 2.98 ERA and a 0.69 WHIP over 42 1/3 innings of work.

American League starters revealed for All-Star Game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) On Sunday, Major League Baseball revealed the American League starting lineup for the 2014 All-Star Game, which will be held on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis. Orioles catcher Matt Wieters was voted as a starter, but Royals catcher Salvador Perez will take his place behind the plate for the game. Other injured players will likely be replaced on the roster moving forward.

The following players were selected as starters by the fans:

OF Jose Bautista, Blue Jays (leading vote-getter)
OF Mike Trout, Angels
OF Adam Jones, Orioles
1B Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
2B Robinson Cano, Mariners
SS Derek Jeter, Yankees
3B Josh Donaldson, Athletics
C Matt Wieters, Orioles
DH Nelson Cruz, Orioles

RHP Yu Darvish, Rangers
RHP Max Scherzer, Tigers
RHP Felix Hernandez, Mariners
RHP Masahiro Tanaka, Yankees
LHP Jon Lester, Red Sox
LHP David Price, Rays
LHP Scott Kazmir, Athletics
LHP Mark Buehrle, Blue Jays
LHP Sean Doolittle, Athletics
RHP Greg Holland, Royals
LHP Glen Perkins, Twins
RHP Dellin Betances, Yankees


Sean Doolittle delivers 12th save Thursday vs. Blue Jays


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2014) Athletics closer Sean Doolittle locked up his 12th save Thursday, striking out two during a 1-2-3 ninth inning in his team's 4-1 win over the Blue Jays.

It was Doolittle's first appearance since blowing back-to-back save opportunities at the end of June, and he appeared to be back to his normal self, dispatching the competition in order to earn a save. He owns a 2.90 ERA, 0.67 WHIP and 59:2 K:BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings.


Sean Doolittle surrenders walkoff grand slam in loss Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) Athletics closer Sean Doolittle gave up a walkoff grand slam to take a loss and a blown save in his team's 5-4 defeat against the Tigers Monday.

Doolittle (1-3) gave up back-to-back singles to open the inning before recording a strikeout. He then issued just his second walk of the year to load the bases before the following batter ended the game with the grand slam. Doolittle has blown two straight save opportunities and now owns a 2.97 ERA, 0.69 WHIP and 57:2 K:BB ratio in 39 1/3 innings.


Sean Doolittle blows save opportunity Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Athletics closer Sean Doolittle had a rare off-game Saturday, giving up a run on two hits to take a blown save in his team's 7-6, 14-inning win over the Marlins.

Doolittle hadn't surrendered a run since giving up four on April 24. In fact, he had only put one man on base over the entire month of June before giving up two hits Saturday. Despite the rare miss, the closer owns a 2.08 ERA, 0.59 WHIP and 56:1 K:BB ratio in 39 innings.


Sean Doolittle strikes out side for 11th save


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Athletics closer Sean Doolittle struck out the side in the ninth inning Wednesday to pick up his 11th save in his team's 8-5 win over the Mets.

Doolittle has tossed perfect innings in six straight outings while striking out nine of the 18 batters he has faced during that stretch. He's given up just one hit and no walks in 12 scoreless innings during June while striking out 18 batters. Doolittle's incredible performance has earned him a 1.95 ERA, 0.57 WHIP and 53:1 K:BB ratio in 37 innings.


Sean Doolittle untouchable lately


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2014) Athletics closer Sean Doolittle has not allowed a run in his past 22 appearances, and his scoreless streak of  24 1/3 innings is the longest active streak in the American League, notes ESPN.com.

Doolittle, who has 10 saves in 11 tries, has 50 strikeouts and a walk this year. He's the first pitcher since 1900 to strike out 45 while issuing no more than one walk to begin a season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.


Sean Doolittle strikes out two in 10th save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Athletics closer Sean Doolittle shut the door on a 4-3 win over the Red Sox Friday, for his 10th save of the season.  

Doolittle retired the side in order for the fourth outing in a row, and he did so on just nine pitches. He struck out two batters and induced a harmless fly ball to end the game. Doolittle is now 10 for 11 in save chances this season, with a 2.06 ERA in 35 innings.


Sean Doolittle fans two more for 9th save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) Athletics closer Sean Doolittle continued his dominant run Tuesday, closing out a 4-2 win over the Rangers with ease.

Doolittle closed out the game by facing the minimum for the third outing in a row, as he retired the side on 12 pitches. He struck out two batters en route to recording his 9th save in 10 tries.

Doolittle has been nearly perfect this season, holding a 2.12 ERA and 0.62 WHIP in 34 innings of work. He has 48 strikeouts and just one walk so far.  


Sean Doolittle Ks the side for the save Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2014) Athletics closer Sean Doolittle struck out the side in the 11th inning, securing a 4-3 win and the save against the Orioles in Baltimore. Doolitle is 8 of 9 in save chances with a 2.48 ERA and a 0.69 WHIP in 29 innings of relief.

Sean Doolittle sets Yankees down in order for save No. 7


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2014) Athletics closer Sean Doolittle worked a perfect ninth to close out a 7-4 win over the Yankees Wednesday.

Doolittle needed just 10 pitches to finish the game off, his third perfect outing in a row. He picked up his seventh save in eight tries, while lowering his season ERA to 2.57 in 28 innings of work. 


Sean Doolittle picks up sixth save in extra innings Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2014) Athletics closer Sean Doolittle struck out one during a 1-2-3 10th inning to slam the door on his team's 5-2 win over the Yankees and earn his sixth save.

Doolittle endured a rocky April before pitching lights out in May, giving up four hits in 12 1/3 scoreless inning during the month while walking just one and striking out a whopping 20 batters. He has saves in back-to-back appearances and figures to continue to keep getting save opportunities moving forward.


Sean Doolittle Ks the side for save No. 5


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2014) Athletics closer Sean Doolittle struck out the side, needing only 17 pitches to complete a 6-3 win and the save against the Angels. Doolittle is 5 for 6 in save opportunities with a 2.77 ERA and a 0.77 WHIP in 26 innings of relief.

Sean Doolittle doing a lot as Oakland closer


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2014) Sean Doolittle is the latest to prove that when a manager announces a closer by committee, he really has one in mind and that all that closer needs to do is save a game or two to secure the job.

The Athletics left-hander has been lights-out since first towing the rubber in a save situation. In fact, he's been downright filthy since starting a scoreless streak on April 29 that has reached 11 games and 12 1/3 innings. Doolittle has yielded just four hits and one walk during that stretch while fanning 20.

Doolittle has also nailed down both save opportunities since being officially named the closer.


Sean Doolittle not your average newcomer closer


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/22/2014) Most of the newcomers to the closer role this year -- from Hector Rondon to Zach Britton to Joe Smith to Chad Qualls -- were desperation picks chosen by a manager with nowhere else to turn.

But in Sean Doolittle's case, you could argue the Athletics should have gone with him from the get-go.

He's turned out to be what Rex Brothers figured to be coming into the year, so thoroughly dominating in a setup role that the Athletics could no longer afford to hold him back. It helped that their other closer possibilities all bombed, but still, with 32 strikeouts to just one walk in 23 innings this season, Doolittle has the look of another Glen Perkins. And pitching for one of the best teams in baseball, that could lead to a huge save total the rest of the way.

In other words, if you've been deliberating whether or not to add Doolittle after seeing him record two saves in as many days, just do it already. He has the potential to be not just a reliable source of saves, but an elite one.


Sean Doolittle strikes out two in save vs. Rays


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2014) Athletics closer Sean Doolittle needed 25 pitches Wednesday but was able to pick up his fourth save in his team's 3-2 win over the Rays.

Doolittle struck out two and gave up one hit in a scoreless ninth inning, but he had to endure multiple long at-bats before finishing the win. He owns a 3.13 ERA and 32:1 K:BB ratio in 23 innings.


Sean Doolittle earns save, tabbed for closer role by manager


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) Athletics pitcher Sean Doolittle was anointed the team's closer after picking up a save in Tuesday's 3-0 win over the Rays.

"The way things are setting up, he'll be in the closer role," manager Bob Melvin told the San Francisco Chronicle after the game.

Doolittle earned his third save Tuesday, issuing a walk and striking out two in the ninth inning of his team's win. He owns a 3.27 ERA and a remarkable 30:1 K:BB ratio in 22 innings.


Sean Doolittle could soon do lots


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/15/2014) And with that, Sean Doolittle is one step closer to securing save opportunities for the Athletics.

What's "that," you ask? Why, Luke Gregerson blowing his fifth save Wednesday. How's that, you ask? Well, he tried to bail out Fernando Abad in the eighth inning of a one-run game and promptly served up a three-run homer to Jose Abreu. He went on to a pitch a scoreless ninth, but the Athletics were trailing at that point. Clearly, they weren't holdling him back for a traditional save opportunity.

So why not have him begin the eighth inning? Well, the White Sox had two left-handed hitters coming up. So why not have their best left-handed pitchers, Sean Doolittle, begin the eighth? Ah, now that's the question, isn't it?

Could it be they were saving him for the ninth inning? At last check, Jim Johnson had regained the role, but he was so bad in his last chance that the Athletics may be ready to move on to something else.

With 26 strikeouts to zero walks in 20 innings, Doolittle has been far and away their most effective reliever this season and, with his long-term deal, won't be going to the arbitration table in a few years, where saves are a player's best friend and a team's worst enemy.

It makes too much sense. Forget the Mets situation. Forget Rex Brothers, even. If you need a sleeper for saves, Doolittle is the reliever to own.


Ranking the Athletics relievers


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/13/2014) Notice who got the save for the Athletics Monday? Nope, it wasn't Jim Johnson. He tried his darndest but couldn't record even an out in his second save opportunity since returning to the closer role. And Luke Gregerson wasn't the one to bail him out even though he hadn't pitched since Saturday.

No, Sean Doolittle got the save for the Athletics Monday, and given how easily he wiggled out of that jam, striking out two in a perfect inning of work, he could soon be in a position to do much for Fantasy owners.

While neither Johnson nor Gregerson are ideally suited for the role as pitch-to-contact types, Doolittle has electric, swing-and-miss stuff, piling up 26 strikeouts in his 20 innings this season. He also has yet to issue a single walk. And because the penny-pinching Athletics already signed him to a five-year deal just a few weeks ago, they won't have to worry about him taking a big saves total to the arbitration table. If he didn't throw left-handed, it would make too much sense.

If I'm ranking the Athletics relievers for the short-term, I go Johnson, Gregerson, Doolittle, but I have a hunch Doolittle comes away with the job eventually.