Doolittle struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Saturday to record his eighth save of the season in a 5-2 win over the Cubs. Chicago manager Joe Maddon filed an official protest over Doolittle's toe-tap delivery, coming out twice to discuss the matter with the umpiring crew, but the distractions didn't faze the Nats' closer at all as he needed only seven pitches (six strikes) to nail down the save. The left-hander now has a 1.71 ERA and 25:6 K:BB through 21 innings this year, but it remains to be seen if MLB will force him to make any changes to his mechanics -- or whether any changes would affect his performance.
Doolittle allowed a hit and a walk, but he recorded his fifth save of the year in a 10-8 victory over the Phillies on Saturday. He only has five saves, but Doolittle has been great to open this season. He's posted a 1.15 ERA and his only blown save came in a situation where he allowed two inherited runners to score during the eighth inning in a game more than a month ago. Doolittle is 3-1 with a 1.21 WHIP and 19 strikeouts in 15.2 innings this year.
Doolittle allowed one hit and one walk but struck out two and didn't allow an earned run to earn a four-out save Thursday against the Cardinals. Doolittle was called upon to record the final out in the eighth inning with runners on first and second. He walked the first batter he faced to load the bases, but got out of the inning by striking out Paul Goldschmidt. He also allowed a leadoff single to start the ninth inning prior to recording three consecutive outs to close the game. Doolittle has just four saves this season, though he is perfect and has accounted for all of the team's saves.
Doolittle allowed one earned run on three hits while striking out two across one inning to earn the save Thursday against the Giants. Doolittle was called upon to close out a three-run lead for the Nationals but experienced some trouble doing so. He allowed three hits -- all of which were singles -- but managed to strike out Brandon Crawford to end the game with the tying run on first base. Given that Thursday's run was the first Doolittle has allowed in 9.2 innings of work, he should remain locked into the closer role for the Nationals.
Doolittle allowed one hit and a walk but posted his first save of the year in a 3-2 victory against the Pirates on Saturday. This was his first save opportunity since blowing a lead March 31, but in that opportunity, Doolittle allowed an inherited runner to score and didn't yield an earned run himself. He hasn't allowed a run to his record all year, as he has a 0.00 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in eight innings. He also has eight strikeouts with one save.