Drew Storen RP WAS 7 Hrs

Storen picked up his ninth save Saturday against the Marlins as he allowed two hits in a scoreless inning.

Storen gave up back to back singles with one out in the ninth but ended the game by retiring Garrett Jones on a game-ending double-play. It was his ninth save in 12 opportunities.

Drew Storen RP WAS 1 Day

Storen recorded his eighth save by tossing a perfect inning in the Nationals' 3-2 win over the Marlins on Friday night.

Storen (eight saves, 1.20 ERA) has been virtually untouchable since taking over the closer's gig from Rafael Soriano, and barring any lapses, he is likely to keep the job for the red-hot Nationals into the playoffs, and perhaps beyond into the 2015 season.

Drew Storen RP WAS 4 Days

Storen picked up his seventh save Tuesday, pitching a perfect ninth inning, as the Nationals clinched the NL East title.

He hasn't allowed a run (earned or otherwise) since August 5, and Storen appears to be locked in as the Nats' closer while they fight for the NL's best record down the stretch.

Drew Storen RP WAS 5 Days

Storen earned his sixth save of the season Monday against the Braves as he allowed one hit and recorded one out.

The Nationals were staked to a 4-0 lead in the ninth inning, but former closer Rafael Soriano couldn't get three outs to end the game. Storen came on and even though he allowed a hit, he was able to come away with another save. He looks to be the Nationals closer for the rest of the regular season.

Drew Storen RP WAS 6 Days

Storen continued his run as the Nationals' current closer Sunday, converting his fourth straight save opportunity since Rafael Soriano's demotion. Storen allowed two singles with no strikeouts, but still pulled out a save for the 3-0 Washington win.

Soriano has made his intended mechanical changes since his demotion according to the Washington Post, but that hasn't stopped Storen from going on a perfect run as the interim closer. In his four save opportunities so far, Storen has thrown six strikeouts and allowed two hits and zero walks. With the likelihood of Soriano unlikely to reach the innings requirement for his 2015 vesting option, it's possible the team could pass on the subsequent team option. Storen could very well be the Nationals' closer of the present and future.

Drew Storen RP WAS 11 Days

Storen converted his third straight save opportunity since Rafael Soriano was removed from the Nationals' closer role, pitching a perfect ninth inning on Tuesday while striking out one.

Nats manager Matt Williams had initially said he'd be mixing and matching relievers to close out games while Soriano works out his mechanical kinks, but Storen has taken the closer job and run with it. If Soriano doesn't have his option picked up in the offseason, Storen looks like he'll head into 2015 as the favorite to close for the Nats.

Drew Storen RP WAS 12 Days

Storen locked down his third save of the season Monday, striking out all three batters to face him in the ninth.

Storen has been on a great run for the Nationals, not allowing a run in his last 11.2 innings of work. Having saves on consecutive days, Storen is showing no signs of slowing down.

Drew Storen RP WAS 14 Days

Storen converted his second save of the season Sunday, setting down the Phillies in order and striking out two.

Storen converted his second save among five opportunities this season Sunday. He will get more chances to do so going forward, however, as manager Matt Williams yanked Rafael Soriano from the closer role following another blown save.

Drew Storen RP WAS 15 Days

Storen was named by manager Matt Williams as a candidate to see save chances with Rafael Soriano removed from the role, Dan Kolko of MASNsports.com reports.

Another blown save Friday was the last straw for Soriano, as the team has decided to relieve him of the ninth-inning job, at least temporarily. Storen has posted a minuscule 1.37 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 54 appearances this season, but he doesn't have the swing-and-miss stuff (7.0 K/9) that managers typically look for in a closer. Thus, Tyler Clippard seems like the slight favorite to see opportunities, though both could give way to lefty Matt Thornton depending on the matchups.

Drew Storen RP WAS 15 Days

Storen, Tyler Clippard and Matt Thornton were all mentioned by Nationals manager Matt Williams as possible ninth-inning replacements for a struggling Rafael Soriano after Friday's game, the Washington Post reports.

Williams hasn't officially taken Soriano out of the closer role just yet, but indications are strong that the veteran reliever will get at least a temporary break from high-leverage use. If Williams makes the switch on Saturday though look for Storen, who only faced one batter on Friday, to get the nod.