Acquired in a July trade last year along with former Phillie Ryan Madson, Sean Doolittle has established himself as a dominant closer for the Washington Nationals.
Doolittle has recorded a save in each of his last 10 outings, allowing just one run and an 0.82 ERA since May 25. He’s blown just one save and taken two losses on the season.
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Washington’s bullpen has allowed just 22% of inherited runners to score, the third best in baseball behind the Padres and Angels. Doolittle is a major part of that, allowing just one hit and zero earned runs when pitching more than an inning this year.
Doolittle’s had an excellent career against Philadelphia in six games, allowing just one runner in seven innings with 11 strikeouts. No Phillies hitter has ever gotten a hit against Doolittle, let alone scored a run.
Washington is 23-8 when Doolittle makes an appearance this year and 53-8 since the July trade.