Blake Treinen
Blake Treinen
32-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Treinen entered 2019 as a consensus top-two closer in fantasy, but a combination of injuries and ineffectiveness caused him to lose the job midway through the season. Treinen had a career-best 0.78 ERA and 0.83 WHIP in 2018, but last year had a career-worst 4.91 ERA and 1.62 WHIP. First he dealt with elbow trouble, then a rotator cuff strain forced the 31-year-old to miss several weeks. Ultimately, it was a stress reaction in his back that put Treinen on the shelf for good. His K-rate plummeted from 31.8% in 2018 to 22.2%, and his swinging-strike rate fell from an elite 18.0% to 12.5%. The right-hander struggled with command and control; his 13.9 BB% was the 10th worst mark among qualified relievers. Treinen was non-tendered by Oakland, but received a one-year, $10 million deal from the Dodgers. If he can bounce back, he would likely be next in line to close if Kenley Jansen struggles or gets hurt. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
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$Signed a one-year, $10 million contract with the Dodgers in December of 2019.
Nabs Game 5 save
PLos Angeles Dodgers  
October 26, 2020
Treinen worked around a leadoff single and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning Sunday to pick up a save in the Dodgers' 4-2 win over the Rays in Game 5 of the World Series.
ANALYSIS
Manager Dave Roberts admitted prior to Game 5 that he wasn't certain if the struggling Kenley Jansen would remain Los Angeles' closer, so it wasn't too surprising to see Treinen tabbed for the save situation. After Jansen blew a save chance at night earlier, Treinen turned in a mostly stress-free frame, needing only 12 pitches to put away the Rays. Jansen's long track record as one of the game's top relievers may still make him the favorite to open 2021 as the Dodgers' closer, but his poor form of late likely makes Treinen the team's preferred option for saves for the remainder of the series.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
15
Last 10 Games
15
Last 5 Games
15
How many pitches does Blake Treinen generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Blake Treinen generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-11%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-4%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-2%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-35%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .221 323 78 27 64 11 0 6
Since 2018vs Right .196 362 103 39 63 8 0 6
2020vs Left .241 37 9 5 7 2 0 0
2020vs Right .250 67 13 3 16 2 0 1
2019vs Left .254 132 27 16 29 6 0 5
2019vs Right .259 134 32 21 29 3 0 4
2018vs Left .192 154 42 6 28 3 0 1
2018vs Right .124 161 58 15 18 3 0 1
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-27%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-17%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-44%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-34%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 2.36 1.14 91.1 13 3 25 9.6 3.4 0.5
Since 2018Away 3.24 1.23 72.1 5 7 30 10.5 3.9 0.9
2020Home 4.38 1.22 12.1 2 2 0 10.2 2.2 0.7
2020Away 3.65 1.30 12.1 1 1 1 5.8 3.6 0.0
2019Home 3.75 1.42 36.0 5 1 7 8.8 5.0 1.0
2019Away 6.75 1.94 22.2 1 4 9 9.5 6.8 2.0
2018Home 0.63 0.88 43.0 6 0 18 10.0 2.5 0.0
2018Away 0.96 0.78 37.1 3 2 20 12.5 2.2 0.5
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Stat Review
How does Blake Treinen compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.75
 
K/9
7.7
 
BB/9
2.8
 
HR/9
0.4
 
Fastball
96.9 mph
 
ERA
3.86
 
WHIP
1.21
 
BABIP
.304
 
GB/FB
4.08
 
Left On Base
54.1%
 
Exit Velocity
82.0 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
0.8%
 
Spin Rate
2356 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
22.9%
 
Swinging Strike
9.8%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Treinen dug in as the Athletics' closer in 2018 and ended up as one of the most valuable relievers in fantasy. His 18.0 swinging-strike percentage ranked third among qualified relievers. He molded a cutter to conquer lefty batters, completing the missing piece of his skill set. Still, it's impossible to bank on him returning as much earned value in 2019; nine wins enhanced his 2018 value, he had an 85.9 left-on-base percentage and a .230 opponents BABIP. The latter two can fluctuate greatly given relievers' small sample sizes. However, even if he gives back some of that, Treinen should find a soft landing. He has a standout sinker, his control has improved greatly and he posted the fourth-lowest barrels-per-PA rate in the majors (min. 150 batted-ball events). After a dominant season in which he built up a long leash in the role, Treinen has a case to be the first closer off the board in 2019 drafts.
Treinen was the Nationals' first choice to close, but he absorbed a 7.11 ERA and a 2.53 WHIP through his first eight games and then spent several months in irrelevant fantasy roles until Washington shipped him to the Athletics. For his new club, he rattled off a 2.13 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 38 innings while converting 13 of 16 save chances. At season's end, he'd increased his swinging-strike rate from 10.5 percent in 2016 to 13.1 percent His sinker, emerging plus-slider and serviceable four-seam fastball gained velocity befitting a stopper. The right-hander should be ready for spring training following October surgery to remove a cyst from his middle pitching finger. It's safe to wonder whether that was hindering his grip last season, considering his elite groundball rate dipped to a still awesome 58.4 percent.
Treinen developed into a true late-inning arm in 2016 after an up-and-down performance in his first two years in the league, leading the Nationals' bullpen with 67 innings while posting a 2.28 ERA. His main step forward was that he was simply adequate against left-handers, yielding a league-average .737 OPS to lefties in 2016 compared to an awful .934 in 2015. Treinen is a classic sinker-slider type of pitcher, with both pitches coming in extremely hard. He tops out at around 97 mph, but that hasn't translated into elite strikeout numbers yet (he posted an above-average 24 percent strikeout rate last season). Instead, he lives on the ground, having improved his groundball rate in every season of his MLB career. His 65.9 percent mark was second to only Zach Britton among pitchers with at least 60 innings in 2016. Treinen is likely to again fill a setup role in 2017 alongside Shawn Kelley and Sammy Solis.
Expected to step into Tyler Clippard's set-up role after the veteran right-hander was traded in the offseason, Treinen struggled to harness his nasty 96 mph sinker in his first full season as a reliever, bouncing between the majors and Triple-A and posting fairly mediocre numbers overall with the Nationals. His main difficulty came against left-handed hitters, who raked him for a .336/.425/.509 slash line and 21:17 K:BB ratio, and until he can find a way to counter them, he'll have trouble providing consistent help out of the bullpen. The Nationals currently have Jonathan Papelbon and Drew Storen filling late-inning roles, although given the volatile way each of their seasons ended, either or both could be in other uniforms before GM Mike Rizzo is done this winter. Depending on what happens around him, Treinen could head into 2016 as staff filler with upside or as someone once again counted on to fill a role he hasn't proven he's ready for yet.
Treinen made a strong impression on the Nationals' coaching staff last spring when he fired a sinking fastball that was regularly clocked in the 95-98 mph range when used as a reliever. Moved back into the rotation at Triple-A and then used as a swingman during his various brief stints in the majors, the 26-year-old did enough to put himself in contention for a regular spot on the Nationals' staff in 2015, posting a superb 0.34 HR/9 rate in 131.1 innings across both levels. Given the organization's rotation depth and the way his sinker plays up in relief, he's likely ticketed for the bullpen long-term. If he sharpens his slider and changeup, he could yet prove he deserves a shot at the rotation.
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Secures eighth hold
PLos Angeles Dodgers  
September 16, 2020
Treinen picked up the hold against San Diego on Tuesday, retiring both batters he faced, including one by strikeout.
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Locks down first save
PLos Angeles Dodgers  
September 9, 2020
Treinen earned the save against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday after tossing a scoreless ninth inning.
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Falters in loss
PLos Angeles Dodgers  
September 6, 2020
Treinen (3-2) took the loss against Colorado on Saturday, allowing three runs on three hits and notching a strikeout for the only out he recorded.
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Secures seventh hold
PLos Angeles Dodgers  
September 4, 2020
Treinen was credited with a hold Thursday against Arizona, pitching a scoreless inning and allowing one hit while also hitting a batter.
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Nabs second win
PLos Angeles Dodgers  
August 19, 2020
Treinen (2-1) picked up the win in Tuesday's 2-1 victory over the Mariners, recording a strikeout over 1.2 perfect innings of relief.
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