Junkies: Nats Manager Johnson Says Storen Would Be Closer If Playoffs Were Today
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With the Nationals approaching their first postseason action since 1933, one of the questions about the ball club is who will be the closer. Both Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen have shared the role this season and with neither of them having playoff experience, it makes Davey Johnson decision that much harder.
Johnson was asked about the closer role during his weekly interview with “The Sports Junkies” on 106.7 The Fan and seems like the decision will vary from day-to-day.
“Clip has had a couple rough outings but I still like the heck out of him. You know, I do go hot hand. I do go hot hand. I don’t want to over use somebody,” the Nats manager said.
Storen was slated to be the closer heading into the season but after being sidelined with an injury, Clippard filled in by converting 32 of 37 save opportunities.
However, over the past seven games, Clippard has slipped, allowing 5 earned runs in 3.2 innings pitched.
Johnson was asked point blank: If Game one of the Divisional Series was tonight, who would be your closer?
“Right now, Storen would be the guy. He’s rested,” he said.
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