His last two starts were seven innings long and his ERA is down a full run, his best mark since May 30. So what changed?
Between a breakdown in mechanics and changes in pitch mix, Storen has plenty of issues to work out in Syracuse.
With what appears to be a middle-of-the-pack defense, the Nats staff has still managed to put up solid numbers through 100 games.
In recent weeks, three pitchers have debuted for the Nats. A fourth -- one with big league experience -- is also rejoining the squad.
What was a daunting relief core for Atlanta has been whittled down by injuries, and it may be a chance for the Nats to make up some ground in the division.
Thursday's matchup failed to meet expectations, but satisfying duels between top pitchers are rare.
Of the six starting pitchers scheduled for the series, we'll see some of the hardest-throwing starters in the game.
A look at Dan Haren's lines from his first six starts will remind you of the slow start and subsequent -- and recent -- improvement.
The Nats starter is just trying some new things, so enjoy the show and forget about the rabble rousers.