|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|| 2.0||0||0|| 0.00||1||0||0|
|vs LHB|| 22.1||0||0|| 2.82||0||7||20|
|vs RHB|| 26.1||0||0|| 2.39||0||8||25|
|Last 10 Games|
|Rafael Soriano to remain Nationals' closer |
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(8/18/14) It was another rough outing for Nationals closer Rafael Soriano during Sunday's game against the Pirates. The right-handed reliever suffered his fifth blown save after allowing three runs on two hits and one walk in one-third of an inning.
Soriano has had his struggles since the All-Star break, going 1-1 with three blown saves and a 7.71 ERA in 13 outings.
Nationals manager Matt Williams said he could "potentially" reshuffle the bullpen in order for Soriano to pitch less in high-leverage situations to allow him time to iron out his problems. However, Williams reiterated Soriano is the team's closer, per The Washington Post.
"He’s been our closer all year and I don’t see that changing as of right now," Soriano said. "He’s been up a lot recently, pitching a lot of games and hopefully the games don’t present themselves like that and we can give him some rest and give him a chance to cool down a little bit and kick back. … It’s just been a little off, that’s all."
|Rafael Soriano picks up another save Friday |
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
(8/15/14) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano picked up a save Friday against the Pirates.
Soriano entered the game with a two run lead. He made things interesting, giving up a run. With the tying run on base, Soriano gave up an additional single. He managed to induce a game-ending groundout with the possible go-ahead run on first base. It was Soriano's 29th save of the season.
|Rafael Soriano picks up the save Thursday |
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
(8/14/14) Nationals pitcher Rafael Soriano picked up a save Thursday against the Mets.
Soriano entered the game with a three-run lead, and quickly closed the door. He pitched a perfect inning, not registering a strikeout or a walk. It was Soriano's 28th save of the year.
|Rafael Soriano serves up home run, locks down save vs. Mets |
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
(8/13/14) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano gave up one earned run on three hits Wednesday but picked up his 27th save in his team's 3-2 victory over the Mets.
Soriano allowed a leadoff home run and watched the lead shrink to one run, but he was able to pitch around two more hits and avoid blowing the save opportunity. He owns a 1.94 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 45:14 K:BB ratio in 46 1/3 innings.
|Rafael Soriano off Wednesday, following blown save |
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
(7/30/14) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano was given the day off Wednesday, after appeared in four games over the last week. He blew his fourth save of the season Tuesday against the Marlins, but manager Matt Williams told CSNWashington.com he will be back in the closer's role beginning 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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|8/20/14||ARI||7:05 pm||Trevor Cahill|
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