Meet the Washington Nationals
LHP} Sean Burnett
RHP} Drew Storen
Closer, Burnett (left) said, was "the one position on a baseball field I thought I'd never play." Burnett does not fit the closer prototype. He just gets outs more consistently than any other Nationals reliever, evidenced by a 2.14 ERA last year. In his final 261/3 innings, Burnett allowed three earned runs. Storen, meantime, chose the position in college. He liked pitching every day and never wanted to be anything other than, or saw himself as anything but, a closer. The Nationals will use an ensemble cast to pitch the ninth inning at least to start the season, with Manager Jim Riggleman having the flexibility to choose the right reliever for the right situation. To start the year, he'll mostly choose between Burnett, the lefty, and Storen, the righty, a closing odd couple.
Backups: Tyler Clippard, Todd Coffey
By Adam Kilgore - The Washington Post. Published March 29, 2011.