For a while it was “closer by committee” for the Oakland Athletics after Jim Johnson’s rough start to the season. Actually even their, now regular, closer Sean Doolittle had a rough time in April, ending the month with a 5.68 ERA.
Since then however the relatively unknown closer has been quietly making waves among MLB relievers. Doolittle has not given up a run since April 26. His ERA is back down to a much more appealing 2.48 and here’s the big one, he has allowed just one walk this season. On top of that he became the first pitcher since the year 1900 to record 40 strikeouts before walking their second batter of the year.