Feb 24, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Mark sat down with Drew Storen on Monday in Viera, Fla., as he looks forward to the 2015 season knowing he will be the Nationals’ closer. For Storen, that’s a change from the last two years where Rafael Soriano held down the role when the season began. Storen is happy to be back in the…
Dec 23, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
As we count down the final days of 2014, we’re counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, merely significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We continue today with significant moment No. 9: Drew Storen replacing Rafael Soriano as…
Oct 30, 2014, 4:14 PM EDT
The Nationals made their first contract decisions of the offseason Thursday afternoon, picking up the $9 million option they held on center fielder Denard Span for 2015 but declining their options on first baseman Adam LaRoche and reliever Rafael Soriano. None of the three moves was a surprise, but each helps shape the club’s roster…
Oct 13, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
As the Nationals transition into offseason mode, so do we (a little sooner than any of us expected). Over a five-day stretch, we’ll run through the five biggest storylines of the winter for this club, continuing today with the No. 4 storyline: Wondering whether one of the majors’ best bullpens might be bolstered even more…
Oct 3, 2014, 1:46 PM EDT
The Nationals announced their 25-man playoff roster for the NLDS right at the deadline on Friday at 10 a.m. The biggest surprises are Ross Detwiler being left off and Rafael Soriano being included as their eighth reliever. Veteran bench player Scott Hairston is also not on the list. Manager Matt Williams explained his reasoning to…
Sep 11, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT
Five days after getting temporarily removed from his job as closer, and two days after throwing a bullpen to tweak his mechanics, Rafael Soriano appeared in the Nats’ 6-2 loss to the Braves on Sunday in a low-leverage situation to continue searching for a fix. It was the top of the eighth inning and it…
Sep 10, 2014, 10:22 AM EDT
We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 3-2 Team slash: .260/.339/.367 Team ERA: 2.36 Runs per game: 4 STOCK UP Adam LaRoche, 1B: .438 AVG/ 3 HR/ 7 RB It’s a safe bet that if you win NL co-player of the week honors, you’re stock is probably rising. Such is the case with…
Sep 8, 2014, 5:17 PM EDT
Nationals reliever Rafael Soriano began the process of fixing his mechanics on Monday with a bullpen session in front of pitching coach Steve McCatty in Washington. Soriano was taken out of the closer spot after blowing a career-high seventh save of the season on Friday night. It is a temporary move to get the 34-year-old back on track…
Sep 6, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT
Rafael Soriano, stuck in one of the worst pitching slumps of his career, will take at least a couple days off to refine his mechanics and clear his mind, leaving Nationals manager Matt Williams to pick a new closer from a pool of several bullpen candidates, at least on a temporary basis. Williams would not,…
Sep 6, 2014, 1:27 AM EDT
It was a crossroads many spotted from a distance. Despite a first place record and a near-lock for an NL East division title, the 79-60 Nationals have a problem brewing in the back of their bullpen. And after Friday’s 9-8 loss in 11 innings to the Phillies, it may finally be coming to a head. Manager…
Sep 4, 2014, 2:09 PM EDT
We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 4-3 Team slash: .230/.286/.482 Team ERA: 3.16 Runs per game: 4.83 STOCK UP Bryce Harper, LF: .379 AVG/ 4 HR/ 1.212 OPS So um, perhaps he doesn’t need to be sent down to the minors after all. During a week in which the Nationals’…
Aug 20, 2014, 2:07 PM EDT
We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 7-0 Team slash: .271/.343/.421 Team ERA: 2.01 Runs per game: 5 STOCK UP Adam LaRoche, 1B: 3 HR/ 7 RBI/.419 OBP When the Nationals are rolling like this, you could probably make a case for any number of guys being in this spot.…
Aug 19, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT
As much as Matt Williams is thrilled to have seen his team win seven straight games, the last three of them in dramatic walk-off fashion, the last two of them in extra innings, the Nationals manager does realize there’s one caveat to all this recent excitement. “It doesn’t help your bullpen, for sure,” he said…
Aug 18, 2014, 12:50 PM EDT
Top storylines: Nats on a roll – With two walk-off victories this weekend, the Nationals have now won six straight, their best stretch of the 2014 season. Even with Ryan Zimmerman still out, even with Jayson Werth still technically out, and even with the recent struggles of Gio Gonzalez and Rafael Soriano, the Nats are…
Aug 18, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT
The Nationals came through with their sixth consecutive victory in extra innings on Sunday, their second walk-off win in less than 24 hours. This one, though, never should have made it that far. Nationals closer Rafael Soriano had a 4-2 lead in the ninth inning before surrendering three runs for his fifth blown save of…
Aug 14, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
There was Kevin Frandsen’s complete mishandling of a routine fly ball, letting the game’s first run score. There were two more errors by Adam LaRoche and Wilson Ramos. There was a mini-meltdown of sorts by Jordan Zimmermann in the bottom of the seventh. And there was, of course, a heart attack of a ninth inning…
Jul 31, 2014, 1:51 PM EDT
We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 3-3 Team slash: .231/.326/.265 Team ERA: 3.32 Runs per game: 3 STOCK UP Tanner Roark, SP: 2-0/ 1.29 ERA/ 0.64 WHIP Roark’s season thus far has been nothing short of a cinderella story. Despite the 27-year-old righty’s stigma of being a supposed “back of…
Jul 29, 2014, 12:35 AM EDT
MIAMI — The 2014 Nationals really haven’t had to deal with losses like this, gut-punch losses in which a 6-run lead somehow turns into a 7-6 loss before anyone has sufficient time to process the carnage. The mood inside the visitors clubhouse at Marlins Park on Monday night was one of disbelief, a group of…
Jul 28, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
There seems to be a sense among many that the Nationals haven’t really taken off as a team this season, that there’s a much higher level of success yet to reach for a talented ballclub that hasn’t achieved its full potential. And perhaps that’s true. Maybe the Nationals are still capable of going on some…
Jul 6, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT
A Nationals club that boasts the NL’s fourth-best record but fewer dominant performances by individuals so far this season received only one All-Star selection Sunday evening: right-hander Jordan Zimmermann. There’s still a chance of more Washington representation at Minnesota’s Target Field on July 15, with infielder Anthony Rendon one of five candidates in the NL’s…
Jul 3, 2014, 11:15 AM EDT
All-Star rosters will be announced on Sunday, and while most of the discussion in relation to the Nationals has been about the worthiness of Adam LaRoche or Anthony Rendon, we haven’t talked a whole lot about the worthiness of several members of their bullpen. And we should be, because there are no shortage of worthy…
Jun 19, 2014, 12:50 PM EDT
We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 2-4 Team slash: .214/.308/.277 Team ERA: 4.42 Runs per game: 2.66 STOCK UP Rafael Soriano, RP: 3 GP, 3.0 IP/2 SV/0.00 ERA He might frighten fans every time he comes in a game during a save situation, but Soriano still finds a way to get it…
Jun 11, 2014, 2:16 PM EDT
We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 6-1 Team slash: .273/.337/.457 Team ERA: 1.34 Runs per game: 6.42 STOCK UP Ian Desmond, SS: .333 AVG/2 HR/9 RBI/.750 SLG The Nationals’ offense continues to hit its stride, as different members of the lineup are taking turns getting hot, and this week it was…
Jun 8, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
First things first: Rafael Soriano threw a bad pitch to Yonder Alonso with two outs in the bottom of the ninth late last night in San Diego. A 1-0 fastball up in the zone and over the plate to Alonso, who sent it flying over the right-field fence at Petco Park, sending the game into…
May 20, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT
When Ross Detwiler got Devin Mesoraco to popup to the third baseman in the top of the 15th inning late Monday night, the left-hander extended a streak of dominance by the Nationals bullpen to new, hard-to-fathom lengths. At that moment, the Nats relief corps had tossed 27 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings. That’s more than three…
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