Treinen fired two perfect frames in an extra-innings loss to the Mariners in Tokyo, Japan on Thursday. He struck out four. The ultra-efficient 22-pitch outing was simply an extension of the dominance Treinen exhibited during Cactus League play, and for that matter, all of last season. The closer was shut out of a save opportunity Thursday due to the score remaining deadlocked at 4-4 during his pair of frames, but Treinen projects to have no shortage of such chances on a talented squad over the course of the season.
Treinen finished Cactus League play with a 1.80 ERA, six strikeouts and two holds across five innings over five appearances. It was simply an extension of the dominance the veteran right-hander exhibited last season, a campaign during which he took the reins of the closer role by converting 38 of 43 save opportunities while generating an 0.78 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 100:21 K:BB across 80.1 innings. Treinen is now 54-for-64 in save chances over the last two seasons, and he heads into 2019 as an unquestioned ninth-inning option capable of working multiple frames when necessary.
Treinen will receive a $6.4 million salary in 2019 after his agency announced Saturday that the reliever won his arbitration hearing, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. Treinen, who was in his second year of arbitration, will earn a $4.25 million raise from 2018 after a stellar campaign as the Athletics' closer. Over 80.1 innings, he posted a 0.78 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 100:21 K:BB while nabbing saves in 38 of 43 chances and picking up nine wins. He should be among the first five closers to go off the board in fantasy drafts heading into 2019.
Treinen allowed one hit but struck out two batters to turn in a scoreless ninth inning and earn the save Saturday against the Angels. Treinen allowed an infield single to the leadoff hitter prior to setting down the Angels' lineup to earn his 38th save of the season. This campaign marked his first as a full-time closer, and he responded by posting a tremendous 0.79 ERA and 0.83 WHIP with 98 strikeouts across 79.1 innings.
Treinen yielded one unearned run on two hits over one inning to blow a save chance Tuesday in the Athletics' 10-8 loss to the Mariners in 11 innings. Tasked with preserving an 8-7 lead in the bottom of the ninth inning, Treinen recorded two groundouts to begin the frame. Two batters later, Treinen induced another grounder from Ryon Healy but third baseman Matt Chapman couldn't field it cleanly, allowing the tying run to reach second. Kyle Seager then delivered an RBI single to tie the game before the Mariners prevailed in extras, dealing Oakland a crushing blow to its hopes of capturing home-field for the Wild Card showdown with the Yankees. At least from a fantasy standpoint, Treinen atoned for the missed save chance by whittling his ERA down to 0.79 due to the run being unearned.