In his column for FOX Sports on Sunday, Jon Morosi reports that the Nationals are still trying to trade reliever Drew Storen.
As presently situated, Storen would be setting up for closer Jonathan Papelbon. However, that was a role in which Storen famously struggled after the Nationals acquired Papelbon in a trade with the Phillies ahead of the July trade deadline. A look at his numbers before and after the acquisition:
- Before Papelbon: 36 1/3 IP, 29 saves in 31 chances, 1.73 ERA, 44 K, 9 BB, 1 HR
- After Papelbon: 18 2/3 IP, 2 losses, 3 blown saves, 5 holds, 6.75 ERA, 23 K, 7 BB, 3 HR
Storen’s season ended in mid-September when he broke his thumb angrily slamming his locker shut. That followed his second consecutive outing against the Mets in which he allowed a crucial run. The right-hander is entering his fourth and final year of arbitration eligibility and can become a free agent after the 2016 season.
Nationals shortstop Trea Turner hit for the cycle on Tuesday night against the Rockies, becoming the first National to hit for the cycle since, well, himself back on April 25, 2017… against the Rockies.
Turner led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run to center field off of Peter Lambert. He singled in the second, tripled to lead off the fourth, and hit an RBI double as part of an eight-run seventh inning to complete the cycle.
Turner is the fourth player to hit for the cycle this season. The others:
After completing the cycle, Turner is hitting .286/.343/.494 with eight home runs, 25 RBI, 41 runs scored, and 20 stolen bases in 277 plate appearances this season.