March 31, 2015

Washington Nationals closer Drew Storen has hamate surgery

After the Washington Nationals tied the Houston Astros 6-6 on Friday, the team announced that closer Drew Storen had surgery to remove the hook of the hamate bone in his non-throwing hand and would be out 2-3 days and begin throwing again.

For hitters, this type of surgery can be costly as the hand/wrist area is essential to generate bat speed and positional players can be sidelined for extensive periods. Several Nats hitters have undergone this procedure in years past, including Ryan Zimmerman, Ian Desmond, Wilson Ramos and Danny Espinosa.

The Nats said there’s no jeopardy of Storen not being available for opening day.

 

Washington Nationals Game 153 Review: Fister, LaRoche power win over Fish

FISTER WINS 15TH OF THE SEASON

With the division sewn up, all the Washington Nationals have left to play for is homefield advantage… and Ryan Zimmerman’s second spring training.

They took another step closer to the first goal Friday night, topping the Miami Marlins 3-2 behind another stellar Doug Fister outing. The second goal starts in earnest Saturday, as Zimmerman, the face of the franchise, is expected to be activated and get significant playing time down the stretch. [Read more…]

Statistically Speaking: Drew Storen’s Pitch Selection Tendencies As A Closer

With much fanfare, Drew Storen has returned to the ninth inning, after the unceremonious departure of Rafael Soriano due to inconsistent mechanics and overall poor performance. Thus far*, the formerly-but-now-current closer has done a bang up job with the ‘promotion’, going a perfect three-for-three in saves and doing so in dominant fashion, facing only the minimum number of batters and amassing seven strikeouts in the process.

As tumultuous 2012 and 2013 seasons become but mere specks in Storen’s and the Washington Nationals’ rearview mirror, talk now returns to the righthander’s devastating repertoire, which has quietly propelled him to a fantastic 1.29/2.79/3.49 ERA/FIP/xFIP slash line and a 11.54 RE24, eighth-best in among National League relievers this season.

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Washington Nationals Game 142 Review: Nationals Out-Duel Braves in Victory

DOUG FISTER PITCHES SEVEN STRONG AS NATS TOP BRAVES

In front of 25,000-plus fans filled with “Natitude,” the Washington Nationals defeated the Atlanta Braves 2-1 to reduce their magic number to 12.

The Nationals gave Doug Fister an early run, and in return he gave them a seven-inning gem that earned him his 13th win of the year. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals vs Atlanta Braves Series Preview

After avoiding a sweep at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday afternoon, the Washington Nationals now welcome the Atlanta Braves to town for a three-game series with serious postseason implications.

Teams

Washington Nationals (80-61, 1st in NL East) vs Atlanta Braves (74-69, 2nd in NL East) [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Game 133 Recap: Nats Blast Past Mariners

SIX HOMER NIGHT POWERS NATIONALS TO VICTORY

In their first trip back to Seattle since 2008, the Washington Nationals – powered by six homers – defeated the Mariners 8-3 to improve to 10-0 overall since 2005 against the A.L. West ball club.

The Nationals entered the game on a three-game skid and facing one of the league’s best pitchers in Felix Hernandez. On this night, however, Washington had the upper hand. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Game 128 Review: Nats Blow Past Giants, Win Series

BEHIND A SIX-RUN SIXTH, NATIONALS TAKE 2-OF-3 FROM SAN FRANCISCO

In front of 35,000-plus at Nationals Park on a beautiful Sunday afternoon for baseball, the Washington Nationals defeated the San Francisco Giants by a score of 14-6 to end their 10-game homestand. [Read more…]

Statistically Speaking: Soriano’s Historic (?) Implosion

What was expected to be a straightforward 6-0 drubbing of a National League East foe turned into a bit of a laugher come the ninth inning for the Washington Nationals on Monday night and unfortunately, for the wrong reasons. The inning and the game was lost by the usually steadfast closer, Rafael Soriano, whose stat line was a veritable house of horrors for a team in need of a strong showing against the Miami Marlins in order to stay atop the NL East standings:

IP H R ER BB SO RE24
0.1 3 4 4 1 0 -3.68

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Washington Nationals Game 105 Review: Nats hang on to salvage finale against Fish

All Tanner Roark does is win.

The unheralded right-hander pitched another exceptional seven innings, leading the Washington Nationals to a 4-3 win over the Miami Marlins, salvaging the finale of the three-game series.

Roark (W, 11-6, 2.74) allowed just one run on three hits and two walks over seven innings, striking out seven. The Nats bats, silent in the first two games of the series, woke up just in time to qualify Roark for the win. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Game 87 Review: Zimmerman’s single in eighth delivers Nats 2-1 win

Since moving back to his more familiar third base, Ryan Zimmerman has coincidentally also been on a tear at the plate. The run continued Sunday, as his eighth inning single scored Denard Span, lifting the Washington Nationals to a 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs before 32,941 at sun-drenched Nationals Park.

Zimmerman is now 11-for-21 with six RBIs since Bryce Harper returned to the lineup and Zimmerman re-took his spot at third base.

Span led off the eighth inning with a hustle double to right field. After Anthony Rendon lined out and Jayson Werth struck out against Cubs reliever Pedro Strop (L, 1-4, 3.03), Adam LaRoche was intentionally walked, bringing up Zimmerman. The Nats’ veteran laced a 1-1 slider to left field which easily scored Span. LaRoche drew the cutoff throw away from the plate and was tagged out between second and third for the final out of the inning.

Rafael Soriano pitched an eventless 1-2-3 inning in the ninth for his 21st save of the season.

Zimmerman’s heroics made a winner of Tyler Clippard, who put his first two runners on, then wiggled out of the jam to pitch a scoreless top of the eighth.

Jordan Zimmermann turned in another exemplary start for the Nats (48-39). The stoic righty gave up no runs on seven hits and one walk over six innings, striking out five.

The Cubs(38-48) managed their lone run off Drew Storen in the seventh, as the reliever gave up two hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning. Jerry Blevins struck out Luis Valbuena with runners on to keep the game tied at that point.

The Nats scored their first run in the first inning off Cubs starter Jake Arrieta. Span doubled, went to third on Rendon’s groundout and scored on Werth’s hard-hit grounder to third.

The Nats start a two-game series with the Baltimore Orioles on Monday. Stephen Strasburg (7-6, 3.53) hosts Chris Tillman (7-4, 4.21) at 7:05 pm.

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