|2013 Season (CBSSports.com)||63.00||3.00||2.00||35.00||2.71||1.04||71.00||15.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Detroit|| 1.0||0||0|| 0.00||0||0||0|
|vs LHB|| 8.2||0||0|| 3.12||0||3||8|
|vs RHB|| 7.1||0||0|| 1.23||0||3||7|
|05/14/2013||Joe Nathan, RP TEX||Mark Teixeira, 1B NYY|
David Freese, 3B STL
Josh Reddick, RF OAK
|05/14/2013||Jameson Taillon, SP PIT|
David Robertson, RP NYY
Marcell Ozuna, RF MIA
|Nick Swisher, 1B CLE|
Cliff Lee, SP PHI
Joe Nathan, RP TEX
|05/14/2013||Yu Darvish, SP TEX|
Brandon Phillips, 2B CIN
Joe Nathan, RP TEX
|Ryan Braun, LF MIL|
Jedd Gyorko, 2B SD
|Last 10 Games|
|Joe Nathan holds on for wild save|
|by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com|
(5/15/13) Rangers closer Joe Nathan was uncharacteristically wild on Tuesday night as he entered the bottom of the 10th inning attempting to close out a two-run game against the A's.
Nathan had just three walks entering the game, but walked three in the inning. Still, he managed to hold on for his 12th save.
Nathan, who struck out a batter, tied Goose Gossage on the all-time saves list with his 310th. He allowed a run on a hit and the three walks, but somehow got out of the inning. His ERA is at 2.40.
The closer is a perfect 12 for 12 in save chances this year for the first-place Rangers. He has picked up saves in four straight contests.
|Joe Nathan cleans up mess for 11th save |
|by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com|
(5/11/13) Rangers closer Joe Nathan notched his 11th save Saturday against the Astros. Nathan came on in the ninth inning with two on and no outs in relief of Michael Kirkman.
The right-hander surrendered a run-scoring single to Trevor Crowe and then allowed Carlos Pena to score after throwing a wild pitch. He did get Matt Dominguez to ground out for the first out of the inning before inducing a Marwin Gonzlez run-scoring, sacrifice fly for the second out, which plated the Astros' third run of the frame.
Nathan issued a two-out walk to Robbie Grossman before finally getting Chris Carter to pop up to shortstop for the final out.
Only one of the three runs Houston scored in the inning was charged to Nathan, who is 11 for 11 in save chances.
|Joe Nathan collects 10th save |
|by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com|
(5/11/13) Rangers closer Joe Nathan notched his 10th save Friday night against the Astros. Nathan came on in the ninth inning with a 4-2 lead and was able to make quick work of Houston.
He retired all three batters he faced, including striking out Robbie Grossman swinging to end the game.
Nathan is 10 for 10 in save chances and has allowed just two earned runs over 13 innings (1.38 ERA).
|Joe Nathan thriving despite decrease in velocity|
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(5/9/13) Rangers closer Joe Nathan continues to be effective in 2013 despite seeing a drop in velocity. His average fastball velocity has decreased from 94 mph last season to 91 this year, according to MLB.com.
Nathan topped out at 92 mph Wednesday against the Brewers, but he managed his ninth save in nine opportunities. Nathan said his effectiveness has remained because of his command of his pitches.
"I've got a really good feel for both of my breaking balls," Nathan said. "I've gotten a really good feel for a changeup even though I haven't used it. I'm really comfortable with it, throw it a lot down in the 'pen. I just haven't gotten to a spot where I'm like, 'Let's go with a changeup here.' And I've got a really good feel for a two-seamer. That's been a huge pitch for me, especially behind in the count, being able to throw something up there with a little more movement, not just lay a fastball that may be 91, 92, 93. A lot of these hitters see that velocity quite often. So I just try to give them a different look."
|Joe Nathan converts ninth save in nine tries|
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
(5/8/13) Rangers closer Joe Nathan remained perfect in save opportunities this year by picking up his ninth save of the season with a scoreless inning against the Brewers Wednesday. He lowered his ERA to 1.50 and owns a 1.00 WHIP and 13:2 K:BB ratio in 12 innings.
|Joe Nathan returned to form in 2012, his first full season after Tommy John surgery took away all of his 2010 and about a month of 2011 (with residual elbow soreness). Nathan, 38, had a 2.80 ERA and saved 37 games, striking out 78 batters in 64 1/3 innings. None of these numbers were career highs, but following a shaky 2011, in which Nathan put up a 4.84 ERA in 44 2/3 innings, it served to restore faith in him as a shutdown closer. There may be some trepidation with Nathan because of his age and injury history, but that may only serve to drive down his value at drafts, allowing him to be scooped up at a bargain. There is risk involved, but Nathan should be one of the top 15 closers off the board in 2013 drafts. (Updated 11/30/12)|
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|5/19/13||DET||8:05 pm||Doug Fister|
|5/20/13||OAK||8:05 pm||Bartolo Colon|
|5/21/13||OAK||8:05 pm||Dan Straily|
|5/22/13||OAK||2:05 pm||Jarrod Parker|
|5/24/13||@ SEA||10:10 pm||Joe Saunders|
|5/25/13||@ SEA||10:10 pm||Felix Hernandez|
|5/26/13||@ SEA||4:10 pm||Hisashi Iwakuma|
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