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.
Fri, 23 Aug 2013 10:57:18 -0700
Washington Nationals RP Rafael Soriano has blown a career-high six saves and has converted 32 of his 38 chances. "I've been leaving pitches up," Soriano said. "Keep working on it. I haven't had a stretch like this in my career. Things happen for a reason." Soriano's walk rate is down to 2.2 walks per nine innings compared to 3.2 per nine during his 43-save season for the New York Yankees last year. But his strikeout rate has fallen from 9.2 K's per nine to 6.9.
Fantasy Tip: Despite his recent struggles, Davey Johnson hasn't indicated he's close to making any kind of switch in the ninth. The team has quickly fallen out of contention, too. If anyone were to take over, it'd probably be Tyler Clippard, but he's not worth stashing just yet.