I predict a better-than-good to great season. He does not have any pressure on him to be a “great closer” — he needs only to be a great “once-in-a-while closer” and an unflappable set-up guy. Relax, Drew. The pressure is on only when there are high expectations.

]]>I continue to be impressed with all the time spent by regulars here to prove/disprove various issues. I learn so much.

I am one who likes Soriano’s calm cool demeanor and I also have no problem with him talking to his cap and whether his shirt stays in or out is no big deal for me either.

]]>I continue to be impressed with all the time spent by regulars here to prove/disprove various issues. I learn so much.

I am one who likes Soriano’s calm cool demeanor and I also have no problem with him talking to his cap and whether his shirt stays in or out is no big deal for me either.

]]>I went ahead and looked it up. Rafael Soriano pitched 3 days in a row 7 times (including once where he pitched 4 days in a row).

April 9: 1 inning, 1 hit, 0 walks, 1 strikeout, 0 runs, save

June 21: 1 inning, 1 hit, 0 walks, 1 strikeout, 0 runs, save

June 27: 1 inning, 0 hits, 1 walk, 0 strikeout, 0 runs, non-save situation

July 6: 1 inning, 2 hits, 0 walks, 0 strikeouts, 0 runs, save

July 27: 1 inning, 1 hit, 0 walks, 1 strikeout, 0 runs, save

August 15: 1 inning, 2 hits, 1 walk, 1 strikeout, 3 runs, blown save

August 23: 1 inning, 2 hits, 0 walks, 0 strikeouts, 1 run (FOURTH DAY), save

It doesn’t appear that he typically struggled. In fact, he says that he struggled when he went without work for too long. So let’s put that to the test. Let’s look at how he pitched when he hadn’t pitched for at least 4 days.

April 16 (6 days): 1 inning, 0 hits, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts, 0 runs, non-save situation

April 25 (5 days): 1 inning, 0 hits, 1 walk, 0 strikeouts, 0 runs, non-save situation

May 16 (4 days): 1 inning, 1 hit, 0 walks, 0 strikeouts, 0 runs, non-save situation

May 21 (4 days): 1 inning, 2 hits, 1 walk, 1 strikeout, 1 run, blown save

May 31 (7 days): 1 inning, 0 hits, 0 walks, 1 strikeout, 0 runs, save

June 8 (8 days): 1 inning, 3 hits, 0 walks, 1 strikeout, 0 runs, non-save situation

June 19 (4 days): 1 inning, 0 hits, 0 walks, 0 strikeouts, 0 runs, non-save situation

June 25 (4 days): 1 inning, 3 hits, 0 walks, 0 strikeouts, 1 run, save

July 4 (7 days): 1 inning, 1 hit, 1 walk, 1 strikeout, 0 runs, save

July 19 (5 days): 1 inning, 1 hit, 1 walk, 1 strikeout, 1 run, got the loss

July 25 (5 days): 0.1 inning, 2 hits, 2 walks, 1 strikeout, 4 runs, non-save situation

August 10 (7 days): 1 inning, 0 hits, 0 walks, 1 strikeout, 0 runs, save

September 17 (6 days): 1 inning, 2 hits, 0 walks, 0 strikeouts, 0 runs, non-save situation

September 28 (6 days): 1 inning, 1 hit, 1 walk, 1 strikeout, 0 runs, save

You can draw your own conclusions from that, but it does appear he often went an unusual amount of time between appearances. He should never have gone 6, 7 or 8 days without pitching, especially not 7 times.

]]>— I think it’s a bit of stretch to use the phrase “…becomes the elite relief pitcher he once was…’ with regard to Drew Storen. This is not a knock on Mr. Storen, but just acknowledgement that he’s only really had one and not-quite-a-half ‘elite’ years (2011 and after his 2012 return). Not to pick nits, but the real question is whether he’ll live up to his long-anticipated potential.

— As someone pointed out the other day, Rafael Soriano seemed (impression; not stat checked) to struggle when called upon to finish a third game in three days. Whether to address that issue or to hold down the number of games Mr. Soriano is asked to finish, I hope the Nats give Mr. Storen a chance to close — and thus prove himself to be a reliable closer — in such situations.

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