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|2014 Season (CBSSports.com)||67.00||3.00||5.00||40.00||3.09||1.20||55.00||19.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Arizona|| 4.0||0||0|| 2.25||3||3||1|
|vs LHB|| 26.1||0||0|| 4.10||0||11||23|
|vs RHB|| 40.1||0||0|| 2.45||0||6||28|
|Last 10 Games|
|Rafael Soriano not worried about spring results |
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(3/11/14) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano has been pretty bad through his first two spring appearances. Soriano has been tagged for seven runs and eight hits through 1 2/3 innings, which included a five-hit, five-run outing Monday against the Astros.
Despite his struggles, there is no panic from manager Matt Williams, who said his only concern is how Soriano feels. Soriano has told his manager he's feeling good, per The Washington Post.
"This was my second outing, so I’m not worried about the rest," Soriano said. "This is [spring] training. Training is for you to prepare yourself and to work on things. The results don’t matter. … All of us are getting ready. From our legs to our arms, everything, we’re trying to get up to speed. That’s why we have these games.
"I’m worried about feeling good mentally and physically. People started to talk about how they’re worried about me. Don’t worry about me. Worry on the 31st. From the 31st on, worry about me. Right now, don’t. This doesn’t matter. This is about preparation. That’s what I’m doing."
|Rafael Soriano surrenders five earned runs Monday |
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
(3/10/14) Nationals pitcher Rafael Soriano was touched up for five earned runs on five hits while recording just two outs, both via strikeout, in his team's 7-4 loss to the Astros Monday.
Soriano also gave up two runs in his first inning pitched this spring, leaving him with a whopping 37.80 ERA thus far. He didn't surrender a walk Monday but did hit a batter. He'll try and put his ugly start to spring behind him moving forward.
|Rafael Soriano throwing earlier than usual |
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
(2/26/14) Nationals reliever Rafael Soriano is throwing earlier than usual this season, according to The Washington Post.
Soriano had thrown four bullpen sessions prior to reporting to camp. He said he wanted to impress new manager Matt Williams, so he started throwing earlier than normal. Soriano did admit he felt a bit tired Wednesday, but stressed that he wasn't hurt.
Soriano posted a 3.11 ERA in 66 2/3 innings last year.
|Rafael Soriano believes weight loss will help restore velocity |
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(2/17/14) While Nationals closer Rafael Soriano recorded 43 saves and blew only six chances during his first year with Washington in 2013, he wasn't nearly as dominant as previous seasons. He lost about 1 mph off his fastball, averaging 91.4 mph, allowed more hits (8.8) and struck out fewer batters (6.89) per nine innings than in any other full season in his career.
Soriano's struggles last season motivated him to begin his offseason conditioning a month earlier in November and the results are he showed up to camp 10 pounds lighter. Soriano believes losing the weight will help him restore his diminished velocity and improve throwing his breaking ball.
"I want to see if I can get a little bit on my velocity, a little bit more," he said, per The Washington Post. "I don’t think it be bad numbers for me. I want to get, like, 50 saves, something like that.
"If I’ve got my stuff and they hit it, I’m fine. I’ll take it. I got a problem when my second pitch is not there. Most of the time I throw a fastball. There’s one guy that do that [stuff]. Mariano [Rivera]. There’s nobody else."
|Rafael Soriano arrives on time this time |
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
(2/13/14) The visa issues that prevented Nationals reliever Rafael Soriano from reporting to camp in time last year has been avoided. He turned up on Thursday.
|Despite having Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen on the roster, the Nationals went out and signed veteran reliever Rafael Soriano to a two-year, $22 million contract prior to the 2013 season. While it was a surprising move, it was a good decision by the Nationals as Soriano finished with 40-plus saves for the second straight season and third time in four years. Soriano did have a career-high six blown saves, but he finished with 43 saves, 3.11 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. His strikeout rate (6.9 K/9) was well below his career average (9.1), but Soriano did cut down on his walks, issuing 2.3 walks per nine innings after walking 3.2 batters per nine in 2012. Soriano had a very strong finish to last season, converting his last 12 save chances and not allowing a run in his last 12 appearances (12 innings). Soriano is a regular threat for 40-plus saves, which makes him a good Fantasy reliever. However, reliever is becoming a deep Fantasy position where you can wait on a guy like Soriano. Look to Soriano in the middle rounds on Draft Day.
(Updated 1/10/14) |
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|3/15/14||@ MIA||1:05 pm|| |
|3/16/14||@ HOU||1:05 pm|| |
|3/16/14||DET||1:05 pm|| |
|3/17/14||@ DET||1:05 pm|| |
|3/19/14||HOU||6:05 pm|| |
|3/20/14||DET||1:05 pm|| |
|3/21/14||@ STL||1:05 pm|| |
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