Drew Storen RP WSH 1 week ago

Washington Nationals closer Drew Storen will move into a setup role following the acquisition of Jonathan Papelbon from the Philadelphia Phillies, according to the Washington Post. Storen has converted 29 of 31 save opportunities this season, posting a 1.73 ERA with 44 strikeouts and just nine walks in 36.1 innings. General manager Mike Rizzo said Tuesday that Papelbon "is our ninth-inning pitcher." Rizzo said Storen is on board with the move. "We've got a good rapport, but that news was difficult to take," Rizzo said. "He took it like a pro." Papelbon has a $13 million vesting option in his contract based on finishing 100 games in 2014-15. He needs 14 more to hit that mark and reportedly would have vetoed the trade had he not been guaranteed to close. Storen had 43 saves in 2011 before moving back to a setup role for the next three seasons. Last September, though, he won back the job from Rafael Soriano, saving 11 of 14 chances.

Drew Storen RP WSH 3 weeks ago

Storen struck out the only batter he faced Sunday agaisnt the Orioles to earn his 27th save of the season.

Max Scherzer was pulled after 8.2 innings and Storen was called upon to slam the door on a one-run victory. The 27-year-old has been excellent in his first full-time season as the closer, with a 1.89 ERA through 33.1 innings, and should continue to see plenty of save opportunities for the first-place Nationals.

Drew Storen RP WSH 1 month ago

Storen struck out one during a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 25th save of the season Sunday against the Giants.

The 27-year-old has established himself as one of the top fantasy closers in the game, as he has blown just two saves on the season while posting a 1.97 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP. Storen should continue to provide excellent returns for his owners as the first-place Nationals provide him with plenty of save opportunities.

Drew Storen RP WSH 1 month ago

Storen logged his 24th save with a clean ninth inning against San Francisco on Friday night.

Storen has been one of the most reliable closers all season, having failed to convert just two save opportunities while posting a 2.03 ERA and an improved strikeout ratio. The Nationals figure to be a winning team, and in the playoff hunt all year, so frequent chances are likely to come his way as the season wears on.

Drew Storen RP WSH 1 month ago

Storen shut down the Phillies on eight pitches Sunday to earn his 23rd save of the year.

That's two successful save chances in a row for the Washington closer, after he blew his second save of the season Wednesday. Storen is tied with Trevor Rosenthal for the NL lead in saves, and his strikeout rate is up more than 10 percent from the last few years thanks to a big jump in swinging-strike rate.

Drew Storen RP WSH 2 months ago

Storen logged a perfect ninth inning, striking out a pair, to pick up his 20th save of the season in Washington's 4-1 win against the Pirates on Friday night.

He bounced back nicely from a rare shaky outing his last time out. Storen is now 20-for-21 in save chances, and carries a sparkling 35:4 K:BB to go with a 2.08 ERA. He is firmly entrenched as one of the top closers in the game.

Drew Storen RP WSH 2 months ago

Storen pitched a perfect 11th inning Wednesday, striking out two, to pick up his 19th save of the season.

He continues to put up extremely impressive numbers, and Storen now has a 1.11 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 32:3 K:BB ratio in 24.1 innings, and he has yet to allow a home run this season. The latter stat could be due for some regression, given that he's got a career-low 0.77 GB/FB ratio, but as long as he continues to dominate the strike zone, Storen should remain an elite closing option.

Drew Storen RP WSH 2 months ago

Storen allowed one run on two hits while striking out a pair as he finished off a 7-5 against the Cubs on Friday night to record his 18th save.

Now 18-for-19 in save opportunities, Storen has allowed just 16 hits and three walks while striking out 30 in 23.1 innings, which equates to him being an elite closer on a very good team that figures to win a lot of games this season. Enjoy.

Drew Storen RP WSH 2 months ago

Storen picked up his 16th save of the season in Wednesday's victory over the Cubs.

Storen allowed a hit in Wednesday's game, but that was just the sixth he has given up in 12.1 innings this month. He has also posted a 16:0 K:BB ratio in May and owns a 27:3 mark on the season. Expect him to continue seeing plenty of save opportunities for a Nationals squad that is 18-6 since the beginning of May.

Drew Storen RP WSH 2 months ago

Storen pitched a perfect ninth inning against the Cubs on Monday to earn his second save in as many days.

Storen went three up and three down in the ninth with one strikeout to earn save number 15 on the year. He holds a 0.89 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP up to this point and has been one of the most dominating closers in the game.