Buried in this early autopsy of the 2015 Washington Nationals is an interesting line from Robert Boswell of the Washington Post regarding deposed closer Drew Storen. What you have is demoted, dissatisfied Drew Storen wanting a trade that he will almost certainly get this winter. Storen was dragged from the closer’s role for the second time in his tenure with the Nationals just...
More than a few armchair sports psychologists spent the weekend wondering whether the recent loss of the closer’s role was at the center of Drew Storen‘s meltdown this weekend for the Washington Nationals. In case you missed it, Storen, who had 29 saves before losing his job to Jonathan Papelbon at the trade deadline, allowed six earned runs in the span of two days and took two...
When the Nationals picked up Jonathan Papelbon, they weren’t doing so to replace Drew Storen, but they knew they’d be giving him a demotion. It didn’t sit real well with Storen, nor did it sit well with a large number of fans, who wondered what Storen did to deserve getting booted from the closer role. Storen is in the middle of probably the best season of his career, with...
For Jonathan Papelbon, no place is off limits when it comes to seeking pitching advice. Not even the shower. Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Thursday to pick up his first save with the Nationals since being traded to Washington from Philadelphia. He apparently liked what he saw from Drew Storen, the Nationals’ previous...Read More
View image | gettyimages.com When the Washington Nationals acquired Jonathan Papelbon from the Phillies yesterday, they probably envisioned an enviable situation: Drew Storen and Jonathan Papelbon teaming up to shut down games at the back end. Without a true setup man, the Nationals uncomfortably went through the eighth inning night...
The Washington Nationals bolstered their bullpen on Tuesday when they acquired closer Jonathan Papelbon from the Philadelphia Phillies. But it could take a while before one of Papelbon’s new teammates offers to buy him dinner. Drew Storen has been closing games for the Nationals all season, and he has been very effective in that role....Read More
Among the bright spots for the Nationals this year has been the emergence of Drew Storen. Already an effective reliever, Storen tweaked his breaking ball and became something of a strikeout machine. Instead of sitting down two of every 10 batters, Storen has bumped that up to three out of 10, succeeding as the closer […]
The Jonathan Papelbon saga is over. The Philadelphia Phillies finally pulled the trigger on trading their closer, agree to deal him within the NL East to the Washington Nationals for AA pitcher Nick Pivetta. Interestingly enough, as part of the agreement, Papelbon will be Washington’s closer in 2015 and his option for 2016 will become guaranteed. Source: the Phillies will...
A little over a month ago, I wandered into the depths of the Baseball Prospectus PITCHf/x leaderboards, looking to see who had the most increased movement on their breaking pitches through the first month of the season compared to last year. As you might imagine, increased movement doesn’t always mean increased success, and so many […]
Tyler Clippard In the past few seasons, the Washington Nationals have built up a pitching staff and bullpen to be proud of. Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann are just a couple of the pitchers on the Nationals’ staff that contributed to the NL East win and the trip to the post season. Not to say that there weren’t any pitching hiccups in the Nationals’ postseason appearance...
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