South Side Mid-day 5: The benefits of success

1. Hitting being contagious, or a contagion, as Hawk would say, might not scan, but the White Sox certainly enjoyed some effecting of cascading success Wednesday. So brutal was their treatment of Gavin Floyd, Pat Venditte, Drew Storen, and Brett Cecil over the first two nights of action (and all season), that with Marco Estrada rolling into the seventh, manger John Gibbons opted...
Via BP South Side
1 day ago

Drew Storen adjusting to new life with the Blue Jays

BALTIMORE — Until the Blue Jays landed in Toronto ahead of their April 8 home opener, Drew Storen had never been to his new home city. When the Nationals played an interleague series in Toronto in 2012, the former longtime Washington reliever was rehabbing an elbow injury. So on the bus ride after landing in […]
Via Nationals Journal
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Recap: Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 3; Better Late Than Never

They almost blew it, but luckily Drew Storen was able to lock this game down by getting David Ortiz to strikeout looking in the ninth inning. As a result, the Blue Jays came away with a 4-3 victory and a split of the four game series. After a pitcher’s duel between Clay Buchholz and J.A. Happ occupied most of this game, the Red Sox called on their elite setup duo of Koji Uehara...
Via BP Toronto
11 days ago

WATCH: Sorry Toronto, Storen cheering for Pacers

Hazel Mae caught up with Drew Storen to discuss his change in mentality going from closer to set-up man, and why he’s cheering for the Washington Capitals and sorry Toronto, the Indiana Pacers.
Via SportsNetCanada
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Two First Week Small Sample Size Stats to Watch

With so much of the focus on baseball shifting to the statistical side in recent years, early season anomalies can get a lot of undeserved attention. Players can get lucky and can ride that luck to sky high batting averages or micro-ERA’s. However, eventually, as the sample grows, the good luck tends to balance out with some bad luck, and players return to their normal career trends...
Via BP Toronto
18 days ago

Dusty Baker to Michael A. Taylor: ‘You Gonna Be Hell’

WASHINGTON — Just because Dusty Baker left Michael A. Taylor out of the Opening Day starting lineup doesn’t mean he’s not excited for what the 25-year-old outfield has to offer. Taylor absolutely dominated in Spring Training, going 24 for 53 with five home runs, six doubles, 16 RBIs, 12 runs scored, four walks and 15 strikeouts. All that was good for a .453/.491/.849 line,...
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats fans: It’s time to forgive Jonathan Papelbon. Here’s your guide.

You were right. I was wrong. I’m sorry. After the Nationals traded for Jonathan Papelbon at last year’s trade deadline, bumping homegrown closer Drew Storen to a setup role and eventually out of D.C., I supported the move. I thought it made the team better and even offered several reasons that Nationals fans might come to […]
Via DC Sports Blog
22 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Storen: Osuna deserves to be the closer

Drew Storen completely understands the decision behind handing the closer role back to Roberto Osuna.
Via SportsNetCanada
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Season Preview: The Bullpen

WASHINGTON — Drew Storen is gone, and so are a handful of other mainstays in the bullpen, but Jonathan Papelbon remains. He’s joined by many new faces, and a new pitching coach. Jonathan Papelbon, RHP The closer. Papelbon will have to deal with fans still angry over his choking of Harper last September. At age 35, how much does he have left? Papelbon saved 24 games last year...
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays reliever Drew Storen ready to bounce back

Toronto newcomer looking for fresh start after heartbreak in Washington.
Via Toronto Star
29 days ago

Drew Storen Named Setup Man; A Temporary Loss for Progressive Thinking

Just yesterday it was announced that Roberto Osuna, the 21-year old Mexican who single handedly kept the bullpen looking somewhat respectable over the first two months of the 2015 season, would again be acting as the fireman at the back-end of John Gibbons’ bullpen to start the 2016 season. While Osuna did absolutely nothing to lose the job as Joshua Howsam discussed yesterday...
Via BP Toronto
29 days ago

WATCH: Know Your 2016 Blue Jays: Drew Storen

Get to know Blue Jays late inning specialist Drew Storen, who seems to have a go-to restaurant in every city he plays in.
Via SportsNetCanada
March 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Drew Storen Won’t Open Season as Blue Jays’ Closer

WASHINGTON — Drew Storen’s relationship with the Nationals went south for a number of reasons, but the most publicly reported issue was the team’s hesitance to keep him as the permanent closer. An offseason trade sent him to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Ben Revere, leaving Jonathan Papelbon as the Nationals’ presumed closer for 2016. But questions lingered about...
March 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Brewers reliever Will Smith tore knee while taking off his shoe

Here’s another entry for the list of extremely dumb and unfortunate spring training injuries. Milwaukee Brewers reliever Will Smith – a potential closer candidate – tore the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee when he twisted it while taking his shoe off after a minor league game. “I was standing on one leg, trying to take the shoe off and I pulled hard and it...
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Analyzing the Battle for the Blue Jays Closer Job

As spring training comes to a close, the Toronto Blue Jays have their roster and depth chart pretty well set. The offense will led be by Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista, and the rotation will be headlined by Marcus Stroman and Marco Estrada. The question that remains for the Blue Jays is who is going to be getting the call for the ninth inning this season. The first candidate is...
Via Baseball Essential
March 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Osuna wants to close, but will wait his turn if need be: DiManno

Jays reliever understands management brought in Drew Storen because of his experience in the ninth-inning role.
Via Toronto Star
March 22, 2016

Bolstered Bullpens: A's, Jays, Tigers Stronger in Relief

After watching the Kansas City Royals dominate the Majors Leagues over the past two seasons with a lights-out bullpen, it's becoming a standard for winning teams to have three or four late-inning stoppers.Instead of going all in on their lineups or starting rotations, more teams are switching gears and making it a priority to beef up their bullpens. The Yankees, Red Sox and Astros...
Via The Sports Quotient
March 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Capital Mismanagement: The Nationals Are Rife With Untapped Potential

The Washington Nationals are a mess. Their bumbling former manager couldn't foster respect in the clubhouse. They pissed off their best relief pitcher in Drew Storen and replaced him with an aging and belligerent Jonathan Papelbon. Management is determined to block their promising young players (Trea Turner and Michael Taylor) with aging and ineffective ones (Danny Espinosa, Daniel...
Via The Sports Quotient
March 10, 2016  |  Discuss

The Toronto Blue Jays Biggest X-Factor: Aaron Sanchez?

Aaron Sanchez may just be the biggest X-Factor for the Blue Jays in 2016. I think 2016 is going to be the year of the 416. The 416 being #41 Aaron Sanchez and #6 Marcus Stroman. The 6 has arrived and largely cemented himself as the rising ace of the Toronto Blue Jays. 41 is still establishing himself as a full-time starter and I think this year Aaron Sanchez makes a huge leap...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
March 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Nationals have plenty of options, depth in bullpen

VIERA, Fla. (AP) The Washington Nationals retooled their bullpen after last year's flop. Former closer Drew Storen was traded to Toronto, and Washington jettisoned Casey Janssen, Matt Thornton and Craig Stammen. General manager Mike Rizzo acquired hard-throwing young right-hander Trevor Gott from the Los Angeles Angeles and signed Shawn Kelley, Yusmeiro Petit and Oliver Perez...
Via AP on Fox
February 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Blue Jays reliever Storen says Nats' ordeal made him better

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Drew Storen knew one morning last July that the Washington Nationals were trading for Jonathan Papelbon because he talked to general manager Mike Rizzo. That didn't make walking into the clubhouse the afternoon of July 28 any easier. ''I kind of felt like I had a couple heads walking in just because guys didn't really know how I was going to handle it,'' Storen...
Via AP on Fox
February 25, 2016  |  Discuss

2016 Fantasy Baseball Bullpen Previews: American League East

Source: Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images North America TORONTO BLUE JAYS:  Projected Blue Jays Bullpen Closer Setup Man Reliever(s) of Interest Roberto Osuna/Drew Storen Brett Cecil Aaron Sanchez Last year the Toronto Blue Jays had plenty of things working for them, only to have an unsettled back-end of the bullpen become a question mark as the season progressed. After they went...
Via Baseball Essential
February 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Top 10 Closers For 2016

With each passing day, hope continues to rise as winter winds down and Spring Training inches closer.  Baseball Hot Corner continues to preview the 2016 season by examining the top 10 players at each position.  Today’s spotlight falls on the best closers in the game.  Perhaps more than any position, the closer hierarchy remains fluid from year to year.  For instance, the Blue...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
February 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays take a flyer on durable Independent arm

The Toronto Blue Jays, almost always known for their powerful bats, have made a splash in the arms department. Last week the Jays made headlines by signing ex-National, Drew Storen to a one-year $8.375mm contract. In a little known move, they also inked a durable independent arm from the American Association's Kansas City T-Bones' Bobby Doran.  The reigning American League...
Via The GM's Perspective
January 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Was Blue Jays’ Drew Storen Literally Doing ‘Netflix And Chill’ When Traded By Nats?

What Drew Storen actually was doing when the Washington Nationals traded him to the Toronto Blue Jays last week is irrelevant. How Storen describes his phone call with Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo will live on Internet baseball lore. According to CBS Washington’s Chris Lingebach, Storen says he was participating in some “Netflix and chill” — a favorite activity among...
Via NESN.com
January 12, 2016  |  Discuss
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