WASHINGTON (AP) Three years ago, Drew Storen was the confident, young closer for the Washington Nationals, a first-round draft pick who saved 43 games.
Two years ago, he needed elbow surgery in April, worked his way back into the last-guy-on-the-mound job by the time the playoffs rolled around, then allowed a ninth-inning lead to become a 9-7 loss in Game 5 of the NL division series...
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2 days ago
For the second time since he returned to pitching in games, Rafael Soriano took the mound in a low-pressure situation. On Saturday, he strolled to the mound in the seventh inning with the Nationals holding a four-run lead over the Mets. Soriano fired a scoreless inning, allowing no base runners and striking out one.
His pitches were low, which he struggled to do recently during...
It seems like forever ago, but it was really just 2011. That was the year Drew Storen saved 43 games for Washington. It was just his second MLB season, and the highly-touted prospect had seemingly asserted himself as one of baseball’s best shutdown relievers.
Then Storen injured his elbow in 2012 and he’s barely seen the ninth inning since. From the beginning of 2012 until today...
BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues Owned in 6% of Fleaflicker, 38% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Rafael Soriano has been yanked from the closer’s role in Washington, and Drew Storen has been pitching admirably as his replacement. Racking up three saves over the last 7 days, Storen is now making his way onto our waiver wire sleepers list […]
The smart money was on Stephen Strasburg completing the sweep against the Braves...
"I thought he was pretty good. I thought he pitched pretty well." (Stephen Strasburg, via Nationals.com, 9/10/2014)
Braves 6, Nationals 2: Oh well. The good news is, Drew Storen got a day off, and Rafael Soriano got in some work and didn't do any damage.
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Remember last Friday, when the Nationals lost in extra innings to Philadelphia? Remember when Washington manager Matt Williams stated he would “address” the late-inning closer role? Remember how Saturday Williams said he would consider different relievers, based on situation?
Fast-forward to Sunday afternoon – the Nationals leading by a solitary...
After Rafael Soriano once again looked like his apologetic alter ego, Sorry-yo, Matt Williams said the Nats won't have a set closer. Let's backtrack to August 18th, it was a day after the fourth time Soriano had given up runs in the matter of two weeks. At that point, I wrote there was a problem, and I grabbed Drew Storen. That was three weeks ago, and things haven'...
With three weeks to go in the regular season, the NL East-leading Washington Nationals are facing uncertainty at the closer's position.
Manager Matt Williams said Saturday he will use a closer-by-committee approach while struggling Rafael Soriano seeks to correct the flaws in his delivery.
Soriano blew a three-run lead in the ninth inning Friday night, allowing two homers...
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25 days ago
WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals manager Matt Williams will use a closer-by-committee approach over the next few days while struggling Rafael Soriano seeks to correct the flaws in his delivery.
Soriano blew a three-run lead in the ninth inning Friday night, allowing two homers in Washington's 9-8, 11-inning loss to Philadelphia.
The right-hander has a 6.98 ERA since the All-Star break...
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25 days ago
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On Saturday, the Washington Times ran a post from writer Tom Schad regarding the Nationals’ closer situation. Rafael Soriano has blown consecutive saves (separated by a scheduled off-day) the last two games. Soriano has given up homers in both blown saves, including two home runs in the ninth inning on Friday night.
First off, acknowledge the...
Shaky would describe the recent efforts of Washington Nationals closer Rafael Sorinao.
The veteran blew his second straight save on Friday night and over his last ten games has posted a 9.00 ERA and a 2.11 WHIP.
Entering the All-Star break Soriano had a 0.67 ERA and had saved 22-of-24 chances. Since then things have gotten rough with manager Matt Williams saying after Friday’s...
The Washington Nationals hold a seven-game divisional lead and are shoe-ins for the playoffs. Most folks would probably say they’re the favorite in the entire National League at the moment. But they do have one problem: their closer.
Rafael Soriano blew his second straight save last night and his fifth in his last 21 appearances. He has allowed ten runs in his lat 12 outings....
WASHINGTON -- Rafael Soriano stood with hands on hips as the ball landed beyond the right-field fence. Game-tying homer with two outs in the ninth. Another blown save. Booed off the field. An ERA of 6.98 since the All-Star break. A closer whose job, according to the manager, is now firmly in jeopardy.
The Washington Nationals melted down in all sorts of ways Friday night. They blew...
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26 days ago
It looked like the Washington Nationals (79-60) had the win in the bag after a nearly flawless outing from Stephen Strasburg, an explosive offensive performance and a five run lead.
Until all of that melted away into a blown save by Rafael Soriano, a nearly silenced offense and a 9-8 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies (65-75).
In the ninth inning, Soriano entered with the score at...
The jig may be up for Nationals closer Rafael Soriano after his seventh blown save of the season came in dramatic fashion on Friday night, leading to a 9-8 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies in 11 innings. The Nationals lead 7-4 entering the ninth inning.
Manager Matt Williams confirmed a change will be address, per Dan Kolko of the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.
Matt Williams, on whether...
Opportunity lost. The Braves had already been pounded by the Marlins in Miami 11-4, a win and the Nats would increase their lead in the National League East to eight games over Atlanta. Washington took a 7-4 lead over Philadelphia to the ninth, with Rafael Soriano summoned to close things out. Stop, it’s all down hill from here.
The Phillies rallied back from multiple five-run...
WASHINGTON (AP) Rafael Soriano blew another save Friday, and an error by Bryce Harper on a routine fly ball in the 11th inning led to the go-ahead runs, giving the Philadelphia Phillies a 9-8 win over the Washington Nationals.
The Phillies rallied from a five-run deficit with two unearned runs in the eighth and then three that were fully earned in the ninth off Soriano, who was...
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26 days ago
"We need to address it; it's not an easy decision. We want to be able to close those games out. Sori understands that. He's been around the block." (Matt Williams, via Nationals.com, 9/5/2014)
Phillies 9, Nationals 8: Rafael Soriano blows three run lead in 9th, Nats lose in 11.
This just in: Rafael Soriano is a problem.
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Maybe “dramatic” is underselling it.
In a game that saw three blown saves and 11 runs scored after the eighth inning, the Washington Nationals (79-59) pulled off a 14th-inning win thanks to the heroics of Adam LaRoche, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers (78-62), 8-5.
This was the game of the year, any way you look at it. Pure excitement? Yup. Impressive, come-from-behind victory...
Oh sure, there were big and small Gatorade buckets being dumped all over the place again, and Rafael Soriano smiling (WTF!?), and the Jayson Werth Garden Gnome standing watch, and lots of other zaniness in the wake of the Nats' fifth walk-off in six games yesterday. But Anthony Rendon with his batting helmet on backwards in the aftermath somehow summed up the craziness of the...
"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." Benjamin Franklin, who clearly never visited Walk-off City in his lifetime and forgot to mention the 2014 Washington Nationals making somebody walk-off.
Nationals 1, Diamondbacks 0: Walk-off E-5? Sure, why the F not. Yawn. Video above.
Five walk-offs wins in six days? 10 wins in a row? wins...
The Washington Nationals have matched their highest winning streak in Nationals history, completing a four game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks and winning their tenth consecutive game. The win was also the Nationals fifth walk off win in the last six games and their third consecutive series sweep.
Denard Span scored in the bottom of the sixth inning on a wild throwing error...
Nationals 6, Pirates 5: Walk-off weekend! Ho hum, just another walk-off win for the Nats. Jayson Werth comes off the bench to help save the day, Scott Hairston delivers walk-off sac fly in the 11th after Rafael Soriano imploded in the 9th.
Walk-off weekend, indeed:
#Walkoff!! #WalkOffWeekend pic.twitter.com/1KxluAv75u
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) August 18, 2014
After turning a two-run deficit into a two-run lead, the Washington Nationals (69-53) saw closer Rafael Soriano cede three runs in the ninth, but the Nats were able to tie the game and walked off in the 11th to claim another comeback win and a series sweep over the Pittsburgh Pirates (64-60), 6-5.
Despite the great result, the Nationals gained no divisional ground over their past...
From the beginning of 2013 until now, Rafael Soriano has been the closer for the Washington Nationals. After a rough start to the second half of the season, however, his future in this role appears to be in doubt.
After struggling to a save while allowing one run in Friday night’s victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates, Soriano gave up three runs in 1/3 of an inning on Sunday evening...