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|2015 Season (CBSSports.com)||61.00||3.00||2.00||42.00||2.07||1.07||54.00||14.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs LHB|| 14.2||0||0|| 1.84||0||5||12|
|vs RHB|| 15.1||0||0|| 2.35||0||1||24|
|12/26/2014||Matt Shoemaker, SP LAA||Jordan Zimmermann, SP WAS|
Drew Storen, RP WAS
|12/26/2014||Tony Watson, RP PIT|
Neil Walker, 2B PIT
Jordan Zimmermann, SP WAS
Alfredo Simon, SP DET
James Shields, SP SD
Jayson Werth, LF WAS
Chase Utley, 2B PHI
Joe Smith, RP LAA
Edinson Volquez, SP KC
|Kyle Seager, 3B SEA|
Mark Trumbo, 1B SEA
Justin Upton, LF SD
Max Scherzer, SP WAS
Drew Storen, RP WAS
Carlos Santana, 1B CLE
Yordano Ventura, SP KC
Pablo Sandoval, 3B BOS
Taijuan Walker, SP SEA
Matt Shoemaker, SP LAA
Marcus Stroman, SP TOR
Michael Wacha, SP STL
|12/25/2014||Steven Moya, LF DET|
Michael Taylor, CF WAS
|Drew Storen, RP WAS|
|Last 10 Games|
Nationals P Drew Storen picks up save in win over Giants
|by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com|
|(9:08 pm ET) Nationals closer Drew Storen pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn a save in Friday night's 2-1 win over the Giants.
Storen recorded two groundouts and a pop out in his appearnce. After hitting a skid that saw Storen give up eight hits in five appearances from June 16 through June 26, Storen has held batters without hits or runs in his last two outings.
This was Storen's 24th save of the year. He now has a 2.03 ERA.
Nationals RP Drew Storen slams door for 23rd save
|by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer|
|(6/28/15) Nationals closer Drew Storen continues to compile saves, retiring the side in order Sunday to preserve a victory over the Phillies and grab his 23rd save of the season.
Storen has just two blown saves on the season, and against the Phillies, compiled a clean inning for just the fourth time in his last 10 outings. He gave up a couple of fly balls, signaling his slider may have been a bit off, but needed just eight pitches to close out the win.
Storen remains in second place in the NL in saves, just one behind the Pirates' Mark Melancon.
Nationals RP Drew Storen notches 22nd save on Friday
|by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer|
|(6/26/15) Nationals closer Drew Storen picked up his 22nd save of the season in Friday's 5-2 win over the Phillies. Storen worked around a pair of hits in a scoreless ninth inning to preserve the victory for Max Scherzer.
This was a good bounceback effort for Storen, who was charged with his second blown save of the season in his previous appearance. He is 22-for-24 in save chances this season.
Nationals' Drew Storen earns save in Tuesday's win
|by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com|
|(6/24/15) Nationals pitcher Drew Storen recorded the final three outs to earn a save and preserve a 3-1 win over the Braves on Tuesday.
Despite allowing two hits and a walk, Storen was able to earn his 21st save of the season. He has only blown one save this season.
Nationals' Storen relying heavily on fastball to fuel success in 2015
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(6/22/15) Nationals closer Drew Storen is throwing his fastball at a career-high rate of 33.4 percent, according to FanGraphs.com. While pitch-tracking data labels Storen as a fastball-slider-changeup pitcher, he actually throws a four-seam fastball, two-seam fastball (sinker) and cutter, according to The Washington Post.
“I’m just trying to throw different fastballs,” he said. “Never throw the same pitch twice.”
Storen is enjoying great success relying on his fastball-heavy repertoire. He is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA through 27 appearances. He is 20 of 21 in save chances, while striking out a career-high 12.1 batters per nine innings.
“I don’t worry about cutting it; I want the grip to do the work,” he said. “Maybe I’ll offset a little bit more when I really want to do it. But the big thing, for lefties, their barrels, especially guys that have seen me before, have sinker barrels.
“Just trying to miss barrels. It’s so hard, especially guys that have seen me, to get a lefty hitter to hit [my sinker] off the end of the bat. I try to hunt for the label with the heater since they’re kinda all getting out there.”
|2014 Summary: After seemingly disqualifying himself as a viable closer option with an uncharacteristically bad 2013, Drew Storen was one of the best relievers in baseball in 2014. That made him the choice over Tyler Clippard to replace a struggling Rafael Soriano in September. He never looked back, piling up 10 saves in the span of three weeks. In all, he had 11 to go along with a 1.12 ERA, second-best among relievers with at least 50 innings.|
Playing time status: Storen's move back to closer, a role he held prior to missing the first two-thirds of 2012 because of elbow surgery, was supposed to be temporary, but since he never relinquished the role, the Nationals must have liked what they saw. With Soriano hitting the open market this offseason, the smart money has Storen closing in 2015, four years after he first proved he could do it with 43 saves.
2015 Outlook: Drafted to close back in 2009, Storen's career has come full circle, but to say he's tailor made for the role would be overlooking one obvious drawback: In five big-league seasons, he has never averaged a strikeout per inning and had only 7.3 per nine in 2014. Closers who don't miss bats are inherently dangerous, but Storen is certainly good enough to keep the job. Another sub-2.00 ERA is unlikely, but he's worth targeting in the same range as Zach Britton, just after the top 12 relievers go off the board.
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|7/4/15||SF||11:05 am||Madison Bumgarner|
|7/5/15||SF||8:08 pm||Ryan Vogelsong|
|7/6/15||CIN||7:05 pm||Anthony DeSclafani|
|7/7/15||CIN||7:05 pm||Johnny Cueto|
|7/8/15||CIN||7:05 pm||Michael Lorenzen|
|7/10/15||@ BAL||7:05 pm||Chris Tillman|
|7/11/15||@ BAL||7:15 pm||Bud Norris|
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