When the Nationals traded Matt Capps to Minnesota, manager Jim Riggleman indicated that he'd prefer not to appoint a specific closer from the remaining bullpen arms. He'd use a committee approach and go with the hot hand.
So far he's done just that, though it's a pretty tiny sample. The Nats are 2-2 since the trade, and only one of the wins had a save opportunity - Monday night in Arizona. In that contest, he opted to stay with left-hander Sean Burnett, who had retired the side in the eighth after taking over for Livan Hernandez with one out.
Riggleman kept his foot on the top dugout step throughout the bottom of the ninth, but Burnett didn't disappoint, retiring the side in order. The Nationals have won 2 of 3 from Arizona so far, with the finale tonight at 9:40.
The Diamondbacks strike out a lot, in case you haven't noticed. They'll hit the 1,000 K mark tonight if 6 batters go down on strikes. By comparison, the Nationals, as this is written, trail the D-Backs by 206 strikeouts. Despite the K's, the Snakes have outscored Washington by 44 runs, and out-homered the Nats by 26.
Ross Detwiler has only gone as many as 7 innings once this year, July 21 versus New Britain when he was still rehabbing at Harrisburg. He'll hopefully get close to that tonight. Perhaps we'll see another long save, or perhaps not.
The ballclub would prefer not to hand the closer's job to Drew Storen right now; it should be a different story in Viera next March.