Rafael Soriano

Drew Storen was the Nationals' primary seventh-inning reliever until early September, when he replaced the struggling Rafael Soriano as the closer and thrived. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Nats’ Storen, Orioles’ Jones Get 2nd Chance in Postseason

Three years ago, Drew Storen was the confident, young closer for the Washington Nationals, a first-round draft pick who saved 43 games.

09/29/2014

Drew Storen #22 of the Washington Nationals looks in before pitching to a Philadelphia Phillies batter during the ninth inning of a 3-2 Nationals win at Nationals Park on September 7, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)

Inside the Numbers: Drew Storen Not the Nationals Late-inning Savior

After an electric save by Drew Storen Sunday, let’s take a closer looks at his limited save opportunities in 2014, to better understand if he’s ready to be the Nationals closer again.

09/08/2014

Rafael Soriano adjusts his cap on the mound after blowing a lead against the Phillies in September. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)

It Appears Rafael Soriano’s Days as the Nationals’ Closer are Over

It appears Rafael Soriano’s closing days for the Nationals are over.

09/06/2014

Rafael Soriano #29 of the Washington Nationals.  (credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Soriano Out As Nationals Go to Closer By Committee

Nationals manager Matt Williams will use a closer-by-committee approach over the next few days while struggling Rafael Soriano seeks to correct the flaws in his delivery.

09/06/2014

Rafael Soriano #29 of the Washington Nationals stands on the mound after giving up a home run to Ben Revere of the Philadelphia Phillies, allowing the Phillies to tie the game in the ninth inning of an eventual 9-8 Phillies win in extra innings at Nationals Park on September 5, 2014 in Washington, DC. (credit: Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)

Nats Fall to Phillies 9-8 in 11

Rafael Soriano stood with hands on hips as the ball landed beyond the right-field fence. Game-tying homer with two outs in the ninth. Another blown save. Booed off the field. An ERA of 6.98 since the All-Star break. A closer whose job, according to the manager, is now firmly in jeopardy.

09/06/2014

Rafael Soriano #29 of the Washington Nationals pitches in the ninth inning against the Seattle Mariners during MLB action at Safeco Field on August 30, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. The Nationals defeated the Mariners 3-1. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Matt Williams: Rafael Soriano Still Has ‘Plenty of Rope’ as Nationals Closer

Rafael Soriano still has “plenty of rope” as the Nationals closer, even after earning his sixth blown save, says manager Matt Williams.

09/05/2014

Denard Span #2 of the Washington Nationals and Rafael Soriano #29 celebrate a 6-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on September 1, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Rafael Soriano Pays for Personal Massage Therapist to Travel on Nationals Road Trips

We already knew Nationals closer Rafael Soriano has a personal massage therapist, but Monday night we learned he pays for to have those massages travel with him and the club.

09/02/2014

Injured third baseman Ryan Zimmerman #11 of the Washington Nationals watches from the dugout as his team beats the Philadelphia Phillies 11-0 at Nationals Park on August 2, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)

Still No Timetable for Ryan Zimmerman’s Return from Disabled List

Matt Williams will stick with Soriano as the Nats’ closer, continues to mentor Harper on baserunning, and gives injury update on Zimmerman.

08/20/2014

Rafael Soriano #29 of the Washington Nationals pours water over his head after being taken out of the game in the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park on August 17, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Cal Ripken: Nationals Should ‘Minimize’ Soriano’s Role as Closer

Rafael Soriano blew his fifth save of the season for the Nationals Sunday night, and Cal Ripken Jr. says the answer to the increasing liability he presents may be to “back him off” of the closer role a bit.

08/18/2014

Rafael Soriano of the Washington Nationals pitches during the ninth inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on July 28, 2014 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Soriano Blows Save as Nats Lose to Marlins

One day after notching his 200th career save, Soriano blew one Monday night, giving up four runs in the ninth inning as the Miami Marlins rallied to beat Washington 7-6.

07/29/2014

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