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Storen still learning mental game

Sep 13, 2010, 10:33 PM EST

ATLANTA — The numbers say Drew Storen is pitching extremely well, certainly for a 23-year-old rookie only 15 months removed from college. His ERA is 3.17. He’s notched three saves in four opportunities. He’s allowed only four of 27 inherited runners to score. And he hasn’t been scored upon in any of his last five appearances, despite putting nine men on base in five innings.

So why does the Nationals’ young closer insist he’s not satisfied with the way he’s been throwing?

“Because that’s not me,” he said. “It’s not me to have those cardiac innings where you’re just on the edge. That’s just not how I do things. I shouldn’t be doing that.”

It’s all part of the mental aspect of pitching in the big leagues that Storen is still learning, as you’ll read about in more detail on

  1. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Sep 14, 2010 at 12:07 AM

    Maybe this will help, Drew: Throw more fastballs. Please.

  2. SJ_Writer - Sep 14, 2010 at 2:56 AM

    Mark,Please analyze why the team has seemed to quit after a decent run against Pittsburgh (the only team worse than Washington) and the Mets.Is it because the injuries to Hammer and Strasburg and the departures of vets Capps & Guzman & playing youngsters like Ramos & Espinosa? Does all that add up to a 1962 Mets-like finish to what was a kind of ok season?And what would you do to fix this mess? Sign Dunn or let him go? Fire Riggleman now or next May?To me, the team is exceptionally weak in CF, 2B (NOT sold on Espinosa yet), SS (too many errors, too many outs at bat), C (Pudge too old, Ramos unproven), RF (Bernadina ruining his season), LF (Hammer too injury prone), 1B (Dunn likely gone) – that's 7 of 8 field positions. Oh, and I'm not sold on Storen as the closer, so they need that, too.My fear is that, after 2013, if the team is any good by then, Zimmerman's going to walk to the Yankees after the season. A-rod will be over the hill by then and Zim slots in perfectly.I still maintain that we've never really seen true professional quality baseball in DC, except for Apr – Jun 2005. So, it's 39 years minus 3 months and counting. You have to go back to 1969 — 41 years!! to find a truly good season.Can Rizzo & co. afford yet another wretched season in 2011 before losing the town entirely?





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