Drew Storen getting his fastball back a promising sign for Nationals

“When you’re closing, it’s different,” he said. “Guys don’t ambush you as much when you close. In the seventh or eighth inning, guys are typically more aggressive. It’s just different. I think that goes into a lot of pitch selection.

“A lot of times guys late in a game might be trying to not make a mistake or really waiting for one perfect pitch instead of having a true at-bat where they hit the first good pitch they see. It’s something I always notice.”

The bottom line for the Nationals, and for Storen, is that it benefits neither party for the right-hander to struggle. The Nationals‘ bullpen won’t operate at it’s highest possible level unless Storen is a part of it. Thus far, they’ve been exceptionally pleased with what they’ve seen since his return.

“There’s no doubt about it,” Johnson said. “He’s instrumental in the late inning relief.”

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