Sean Doolittle RP OAK 3 days ago

Doolittle threw a scoreless inning with two strikeouts Tuesday night against the Tigers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Doolittle was sitting 94-95 mph on his fastball and even touched 96 mph during his outing on Tuesday. His fastball seemed to be jumping out of his hand better than it has so far this season, a positive sign as he tries to regain his form of 2014. Doolittle only has two saves on the season compared to Ryan Madson's seven, but he still should be in line for some save opportunities going forward depending on match-ups.

Sean Doolittle RP OAK 1 week ago

Doolittle gave up a walk and a hit while recording the final out of the eighth inning in Friday's 8-5 win over the Blue Jays.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Manager Bob Melvin said after the game that the closer situation still remains matchup-based, although Ryan Madson, who recorded his seventh save of the season Friday, appears to be the guy to own, as he also boasts better rate stats than Doolittle. That said, Doolittle could still continue to compile occasional saves, so in deeper leagues where all saves are at a premium, he should remain rostered for now.

Sean Doolittle RP OAK 2 weeks ago

Doolittle allowed a solo homer to Eric Hosmer on Friday night, his third homer allowed over his first 5.1 innings of the season.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Doolittle has never allowed more than five homers in any season, but is struggling mightily with the gopher ball to begin 2016. All three homers have been on fastballs located in the middle of the plate as batters look to be sitting fastball and not respecting Doolittle's breaking balls. Doolittle has always gotten by throwing a majority of fastballs, but will need to rediscover his ability to locate the pitch if he wants to return to his prior dominant form.

Sean Doolittle RP OAK 2 weeks ago

Doolittle (1-2) did little to help his cause in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Angels, picking up a loss and blowing a save by allowing two earned runs on two hits and a walk in the top of the ninth inning.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Doolittle seemed to be rolling with a win and a save in his last two appearances, but that progress came to a screeching halt in this one. As far as Oakland's alternative closer options go, Ryan Madson gave up two earned runs in the eighth inning himself while John Axford got through the seventh unscathed. The Athletics will presumably stick with Doolittle for now, but he can't afford a prolonged slump.

Sean Doolittle RP OAK 3 weeks ago

Doolittle came on to shut the door on the Mariners in the 10th inning Sunday, striking out a pair and allowing one hit in a scoreless frame to earn his first save of the season.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Doolittle earned a win as he was used in a high-leverage situation Friday, and Sunday's save indicates that he is presently the man with the game on the line. As such, he is the player to own in the Oakland bullpen.

Sean Doolittle RP OAK 3 weeks ago

Doolittle took the loss to the White Sox on Tuesday after giving up a solo home run to Jimmy Rollins in the ninth inning.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The left-hander retired Austin Jackson and Adam Eaton to start the frame, but then left a pitch right over the middle of the plate to Rollins, who put it over the left field wall for the go-ahead run. David Robertson closed things out for Chicago, sending Oakland to its second straight one-run loss to begin the season. Doolittle, the A's closer, pitched a scoreless inning with one hit allowed and one strikeout in the opener.

Sean Doolittle RP OAK 4 weeks ago

Doolittle threw a scoreless inning on Monday night against the White sox, allowing one hit and striking out one.

Competitive Edge Analysis

After a spring which featured a triceps injury, it was a good sign to see Doolittle on the hill during the opener. Most importantly, his velocity looked good as he was sitting around 92 mph and even hit 94 n his final pitch. Doolittle has been working hard on his breaking stuff to complement his heater and was able to get his strikeout on an 84 mph change-up.

Sean Doolittle RP OAK 1 month ago

Doolittle returned to the mound Saturday, throwing a 1-2-3 inning against the Royals on only six pitches.

Competitive Edge Analysis

This was Doolittle first appearance since Mach 13th when he experience tightness in his left triceps. It is a great sign for Doolittle that he appears to have avoided anything serious and he should be on track to open the season on the active roster assuming he gets through he next few outings with no issues. If healthy, Doolittle will start the year as the A's closer.

Sean Doolittle RP OAK 1 month ago

Doolittle (triceps) threw roughly 23 pitches in a minor league game Wednesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Doolittle's triceps condition continues to improve as he was able to ramp up his activity and get into a game Wednesday just two days after throwing a bullpen session. He reportedly mixed in some of his offspeed and breaking pitches, which further underlines his comfort level. Doolittle should be on track to be ready for Opening Day and his next appearance this spring will be in a major league game.

Sean Doolittle RP OAK 1 month ago

Doolittle (triceps) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Monday, CSN's Joe Stiglich reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Doolittle was "very happy" with Monday's session, which is encouraging for his prospects moving forward. His next step will be pitching in a minor league game Wednesday, and he is on track to be ready for Opening Day barring any setbacks over the remainder of the exhibition season.