Rafael Soriano RP WAS 5 Days

Rafael Soriano pitched a scoreless innings against the Cardinals on Friday for his fourth save of the season.

Soriano issued a one-out walk to Mark Ellis, but he was able to get Shane Robinson to ground into a double play to end it. The veteran right-hander hander has a 10/1 K/BB ratio over seven scoreless frames so far this season.

Rafael Soriano RP WAS 7 Days

Rafael Soriano earned his third save of the season with a perfect ninth inning as the Nationals defeated the Marlins 6-3 on Wednesday.

With concerns about Soriano's age and declining velocity surrounding him entering the season, the right-hander has been lights out in the early going. In six innings, Soriano has struck out 10, walked none, and completed all three of his save chances.

Rafael Soriano RP WAS 14 Days

Rafael Soriano cinched his second save of the season as the Nationals defeated the Marlins 10-7 on Wednesday.

Jayson Werth gave the Nationals the lead with a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth, so Soriano warmed up quickly and took the hill in the ninth to get the save. It was not without strife, as Soriano had runners on first and third with the tying run at the plate before recording the final out. Soriano also struck out two, bringing him up to six with no walks in three innings.

Rafael Soriano RP WAS 18 Days

Rafael Soriano earned his first save of the season Sunday in the Nationals' win over the Braves.

Soriano was called on to protect a 2-1 lead, and despite allowing two singles he was able to get the job done. The 34-year-old's fastball was sitting 91-92 mph but he was able to strike out two, including getting Jason Heyward swinging to end the game. He may not be the prolific closer he once was, but Soriano still has enough left in the tank to be an effective stopper.

Rafael Soriano RP WAS 1 Month

Rafael Soriano gave up a homer in his inning Saturday, but he still lowered his spring ERA from 19.44 to 17.36.

Soriano has allowed nine runs in 4 2/3 innings this spring, even though the homer today by Marcell Ozuna was the first he's allowed and he still hasn't walked a better. He's also struck out eight. However, he's showed diminished velocity and he's given up 11 hits. Most likely, he'll be adequate when the games begin to count. However, he's a poor value pick in fantasy leagues this year.

Rafael Soriano RP WAS 2 Months

Rafael Soriano made his spring debut on Friday and allowed two runs and three hits in an inning against the Astros.

We're hoping for a bit more velocity from Soriano this year, though not necessarily on March 7. He seems like one of the weaker value picks among closers right now.

Rafael Soriano RP WAS 2 Months

Rafael Soriano dropped 10 pounds over the winter.

Soriano posted a 6.9 K/9 in 2013, well below his career average, and his fastball lost over a mile per hour. "I mean, I don't feel too comfortable about last year, how the game happened for me," the 34-year-old closer said Monday in Nationals camp. "I want to see if I can get a little bit on my velocity, a little bit more."

Rafael Soriano RP WAS 7 Months

Rafael Soriano pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Mets on Wednesday to earn his 41st save of the season.

Soriano hit a rough patch in the middle of August but has now converted nine straight saves. He's yet to allow a run in September, posting a 0.67 WHIP and five strikeouts through six innings. Only the Braves' Craig Kimbrel has more saves in the National League this season.

Rafael Soriano RP WAS 8 Months

Rafael Soriano notched his 39th save on Sunday by firing a perfect frame against the Marlins.

The 33-year-old closer has pieced together six straight scoreless appearances, which very well may have saved his job. That successful stretch began in late August, a month in which Soriano posted a 5.84 ERA. He was coming off a 5.23 ERA in July. Over those two months, Soriano was slapped with two losses and three blown saves.

Rafael Soriano RP WAS 8 Months

Rafael Soriano picked up his 36th save on Sunday night against the Mets.

Soriano set down the side in order in the ninth inning and had two strikeouts. The 33-year-old closer has put together three straight scoreless appearances and owns a 3.59 ERA and 1.25 WHIP over 57 2/3 innings.