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Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 03/ 8/2011

Long toss: Should we be worried about Storen?

By Washington Post editors

Last night Dave Sheinin blogged about the Nats' unsightly win over the Astros. Within that blog post, Dave mentioned that reliever Drew Storen has had two consecutive sub-par outings.

"We're asking him to throw more fastballs, which is going to get him hit a little bit," Riggleman said. "He's not on top of his game by any means, but it was maybe not as bad as the linescore would say."
Said Storen: "I didn't like the results, but the way I pitched was a lot better and a big step ahead from my last time out. I used my fastball more, and showed I can do that."

Commenter FergusonFoont is worried:

Riggleman might try to gloss it over with doubletalk, but Drew Storen is a concern right now. It is quite possible that we brought him up too soon and he's really not ready yet -- he showed some pretty clear flashes of unreadiness last year.

What do you think? It's still early, but Is there cause for concern about Storen?

By Washington Post editors  | March 8, 2011; 12:18 PM ET
 
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Comments

Why? First if he returns to the minors they might experiment with using this pitcher as a STARTER? He has five major league pitches and just might be more valuable as a power pitcher starter than as the closer of the future?

Are we worried? HRod, Ramirez, Kimball, Carr, Clippard, Burnett, Coffey are all very good reasons not to worry.

I'm more worried about Wilkie.

Posted by: periculum | March 8, 2011 12:30 PM | Report abuse

The dude threw 55.1 innings in the major leagues last year... and posted a 3.58 ERA and 1.27 WHIP... with a healthy 52-22 K/BB ratio...

He held the league to a .241 batting average and .655 OPS... in other words, he made the entire league look like a bunch of Nyjer Morgans (low blow there, but Morgan actually had a .633 OPS in 2010!)...

So, ha, he already has shown he can contribute at the major league level...

I think a more appropriate question is... is Storen ready to be a big league closer and, if not, who else on the Nats is going to step forward and cease that role?

The Nats bullpen is strong, but at some point some roles are going to have to be defined for these guys...

Posted by: Ghost7 | March 8, 2011 12:31 PM | Report abuse

It's March 8th. Closer role is not decided. He's up because he's ready to come out of the bullpen. Whether he's ready for the closer role is not determined.

Clearly thay are asking him to pitch differently and its a challenge. It's like changing mechanics in your golf swing, trying something new sets you back, but usually reults in a surge forward. I'm sure that's what they are doing wiht Drew.

It's a constant battle of adjustments. Perhaps hitters made adjustments for him after seeing him work. Now the managers are working on adjustments for him.

He will be ready and he has a chance to be the closer. But those 100 mph arms that just stepped off the plane following visa issues were not mistakes. The only strength on the team just got stronger and Drew is part of tht mix.

Posted by: DCSec112 | March 8, 2011 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Nothing to worry about. He will figure it out - it is early. Are we worried about Werth he has looked as bad as Morgan at the plate.

Posted by: brothbart | March 8, 2011 12:48 PM | Report abuse

We should not worry about Storen, they should send him down for the first month or so to let him get more experience. He will be the closer at some point, but he's not the only option. The worst thing they could do is throw him out there at the major league level to let him "work it out".

Posted by: whatsaNATaU | March 8, 2011 12:55 PM | Report abuse

We shouldn't have traded our closer last year - he was doing a great job and would have been worth whatever he would've gotten in arbitration.

Instead, we unload our power hitter and pick up a $100 million tab on Jayson Werth.

Posted by: illwill24 | March 8, 2011 1:06 PM | Report abuse

@illwill:
You forgot to mention that we got Wilson Ramos for Capps. Small detail, I suppose.

Posted by: bertbkatz | March 8, 2011 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Storen will be just fine. There will be a few blown saves now and again, but the kid has the stuff, so let him have at it come regular season! I'm really excited by Ross Detweiller. I'm hoping he is ready to rock!

Posted by: JpJp | March 8, 2011 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Storen will be great this year. WHAT the Nats need to do, is start hitting. I am worried about that end of the game.

Posted by: Bowler300 | March 8, 2011 2:24 PM | Report abuse

@illwill:
you are kidding right? we trade an ify closer who won't close for the Twins this year for a potential starting catcher. It was one of the great steals of the year and will prove to be so for years to come. Not worried about Storen, Perri is right, we have plenty of arms in the pen and Storen has options, and it IS still early.

Posted by: sjm3091 | March 8, 2011 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Storen's the last person to worry about. His problem is he's a people pleaser, and he always wants to do his job. Still slightly immature. No big deal. He's probably overthrowing because he's all wound up, and it's way too early for arm to respond properly. He just needs to relax and have someone show him a calendar that says he doesn't have to be ready until March 31. He's a veteran now and he's probably not sure if he should be acting like one. Relax and get your reps in man and don't get hurt you got the team made!!!

Posted by: Brue | March 8, 2011 7:40 PM | Report abuse

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