ATLANTA — The numbers say Drew Storen is pitching extremely well, certainly for a 23-year-old rookie only 15 months removed from college. His ERA is 3.17. He's notched three saves in four opportunities. He's allowed only four of 27 inherited runners to score. And he hasn't been scored upon in any of his last five appearances, despite putting nine men on base in five innings.
So why does the Nationals' young closer insist he's not satisfied with the way he's been throwing?
"Because that's not me," he said. "It's not me to have those cardiac innings where you're just on the edge. That's just not how I do things. I shouldn't be doing that."
It's all part of the mental aspect of pitching in the big leagues that Storen is still learning, as you'll read about in more detail on CSNwashington.com.