Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:40:57 -0700
Washington Nationals RP Rafael Soriano said too much rest may have caused his shaky outing in recording his 27th save Wednesday, Aug. 13. "It's not easy," Soriano said. "Last year I was more in the game. Save situations aren't happening like they did last year or the year before. It's not easy for me. Yesterday, I told (pitching coach) Steve McCatty I wanted to pitch in the game no matter what happened. If I have too many days off between when I pitch, I'm not the same guy. Every two days or three days, I got to be in the game." In his 10 outings since the All-Star break, Soriano has blown two saves, and opponents are hitting .316 against him.
Fantasy Tip: The main thing to note is that Soriano has no competition in the ninth inning, despite his shaky performance since the All-Star break. Continue to run him out there on a daily basis.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:18:12 -0700
Washington Nationals RP Rafael Soriano had the day off Wednesday, July 30, after throwing a lot in the last week. Manager Matt Williams said Soriano will return to the closer role Thursday, July 31.
Fantasy Tip: Soriano's job is safe, for now, with Williams reiterating yesterday that he continues to hold down the ninth-inning duties.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:20:58 -0700
Washington Nationals RP Ross Detwiler will have a bigger role in the bullpen, according to manager Matt Williams. RP Jerry Blevins will be used as more of a left-handed specialist.
Fantasy Tip: Detwiler has a 1.23 ERA with a .146 opponents' batting average this season. He could sneak into the mix if Rafael Soriano continues to struggle. However, Drew Storen is first in line in that scenario.
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:26:58 -0700
Washington Nationals RP Rafael Soriano is the team's closer, according to manager Matt Williams. Williams noted he did not consider leaving P Drew Storen in for the ninth inning Monday, July 28.
Fantasy Tip: Soriano allowed just 17 hits and four earned runs before July. He has surrendered nine earned runs on 10 hits this month. His job is safe, but the Nationals are trying to win a division and loyalty is largely performance based, especially in the ninth inning. Tyler Clippard should be owned in the majority of formats.
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:57:23 -0700
Washington Nationals RP Rafael Soriano has told the team he would like to return in 2015, even if his $14 million option does not vest. He has 32 more appearances to make for that to happen.
Fri, 09 May 2014 11:00:19 -0700
Washington Nationals RP Rafael Soriano is striking out hitters with frequency again this year because he has recaptured the feel for his slider, and he's throwing it once every four pitches. He struck out a career-low 6.9 hitters per nine innings in 2013, and so far this year he's striking out 10.4 batters per nine, his best since 2009. Soriano hasn't allowed a hit in his last eight outings and has yet to give up a run in 13 appearances this year for a WHIP of 0.85.
Fantasy Tip: Soriano is one of the few closers in baseball this year that has had smooth sailing. His current numbers won't stay that nice all year long, but the presence of his slider should keep him afloat much longer than most expected, at least.
Sun, 16 Mar 2014 15:56:30 -0700
Washington Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty said the team has discussed the possibility of RP Rafael Soriano coming in for four-out saves this year, although he never pitched for more than three outs in a save situation last season.
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 07:03:20 -0700
Washington Nationals RP Rafael Soriano struggled in his appearance Monday, March 10, allowing five runs on five hits with one walk and two strikeouts in one inning. He has given up seven runs on eight hits in 1 2/3 innings this spring. His body language on Monday didn't look upbeat, and a scout said his fastball sat between 89 and 91 mph, which was close to his average from 2013. Manager Matt Williams isn't concerned.
Fantasy Tip: However, since these are tendencies Soriano displayed at times last season, fantasy owners should pay attention. His K/9 drop pointed to potential problems in the future. If he can't turn things around when regulation play starts, we could see more doses of Tyler Clippard and/or Drew Storen in save spots. Plan accordingly in your draft and be careful not to overpay for Soriano.
Tue, 27 Aug 2013 09:29:30 -0700
Washington Nationals RP Tyler Clippard could become the team's closer over the final month of the season with Rafael Soriano struggling, according to manager Davey Johnson. "I could," he said. "We'll see how it shakes out going forward."
Fri, 23 Aug 2013 16:30:57 -0700
Washington Nationals RPs Rafael Soriano, Tyler Clippard and Craig Stammen are unavailable Friday, Aug. 23. RP Drew Storen will close if a save situation arises.
Fantasy Tip: Don't run out and add Storen. Soriano will likely be back to active duty tomorrow night.