|2014 Season (CBSSports.com)||64.00||3.00||5.00||41.00||2.81||1.01||68.00||21.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Chi. White Sox|| 2.0||0||0|| 0.00||2||1||3|
|vs LHB|| 19.2||0||0|| 5.95||0||11||18|
|vs RHB|| 18.0||0||0|| 5.50||0||5||24|
|07/29/2014||Adam Lind, DH TOR|
Yan Gomes, C CLE
Adam Jones, CF BAL
Phil Hughes, SP MIN
|Melky Cabrera, LF TOR|
Victor Martinez, DH DET
Joe Nathan, RP DET
|07/29/2014||Joe Nathan, RP DET||David Freese, 3B LAA|
|07/29/2014||Carlos Correa, SS HOU|
Bryan Shaw, RP CLE
|Joe Nathan, RP DET|
|Last 10 Games|
|Locked-in slider helping Joe Nathan lock in |
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
(7/25/14) In the wake of a trade for possible replacement Joakim Soria, Tigers closer Joe Nathan managed his most impressive performance of the season Thursday night. He fanned the side against the host Angels to collect his 21st save. And he had a rediscovered slider to thank for it.
Nathan has been working on that pitch recently. That work certainly paid off in that appearance.
"That was as long as I've seen his slider, I think all year possibly," Brad Ausmus told mlbblogs.com. "It was clear that the hitters weren't picking up the rotation on his slider. It looked like a fastball to them and they swung right over the top. That's the slider I remember facing. ... You start your swing and it just drops out of the strike zone. It almost has a split-finger action to it."
Nathan has been coming around after his latest slump. He has pitched scoreless ball in his last three outings with five strikeouts and just one hit allowed in three innings. He has picked up two saves in the process.
|Joe Nathan strikes out the side for save No. 21 |
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
(7/25/14) Tigers reliever Joe Nathan needed only 12 pitches to strike out the side in the ninth for the save Thursday night against the Angels. Nathan has converted 21 save in 26 tries. He owns a 5.73 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP over 37 2/3 innings of relief.
|Joe Nathan to remain the closer |
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
(7/23/14) Tigers reliever Joe Nathan will remain the team's closer, according to MLB.com.
Detroit acquired Joakim Soria Wednesday, muddying up the roles in the bullpen. According to general manager Dave Dombrowski, Nathan will proceed as the club's closer. Nathan has a 5.89 ERA over 36 2/3 innings.
|Joe Nathan earns 20th save Monday |
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
(7/22/14) Tigers closer Joe Nathan locked up his 20th save Monday, giving up one hit and striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning to finish off his team's 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks.
Nathan has pitched on three straight days, including giving up three earned runs in a loss Saturday, so he's due for a day off Tuesday. He owns a 5.89 ERA and 39:16 K:BB ratio in 36 2/3 innings.
|Joe Nathan still closer despite another dud Saturday |
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
(7/20/14) Embattled Tigers closer Joe Nathan is safe in his spot for now despite his continued struggles, per MLive.com, which has reported that Brad Ausmus is not considering a change.
Nathan gave up a three-run double in the ninth inning of a tie game Saturday against Cleveland. He has yielded at least one run in four his last eight appearances.
"I'm sure there's a possibility I could reach a point sometime," Ausmus said in regard to replacing Nathan. "I'm not near that point. I'll let you know when I am."
|Only in the Year of the Closer -- that magical 2013 season when Greg Holland, Kenley Jansen, Koji Uehara and Jason Grilli all flirted with Craig Kimbrel-like greatness -- could Joe Nathan's 1.39 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 10.2 strikeouts go overlooked. Those are jaw-dropping numbers, among the best ever for one of the best closers ever, and he achieved them pitching half his games in one of the most hitter-friendly venues in baseball. And yet you get the sense Fantasy owners aren't excited about drafting him. No, he won't challenge for 100 strikeouts like Kimbrel, Holland, Jansen, Uehara, Aroldis Chapman or, shoot, Trevor Rosenthal. But one advantage he has over that entire bunch is longevity. Given his track record, he has virtually zero chance of disappointing. Apart from that 2010-2011 period when he was recovering from Tommy John surgery, he has been a stud closer since stepping into the role in 2004, and he should continue to pile up saves after jumping from one contender to another this offseason. The Tigers, with their starting rotation, should deliver plenty of opportunities. If Nathan's relative lack of sizzle causes him to drop outside the top five relievers on Draft Day, consider it a gift. Even at age 39, he's about as worry-free as you'll find at the position.
(Updated 1/7/14) |
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|7/30/14||CHW||7:08 pm||Hector Noesi|
|7/31/14||CHW||1:08 pm||John Danks|
|8/1/14||COL||7:08 pm||Franklin Morales|
|8/2/14||COL||7:08 pm||Yohan Flande|
|8/3/14||COL||1:08 pm||Jorge De La Rosa|
|8/4/14||@ NYY||7:05 pm||Brandon McCarthy|
|8/5/14||@ NYY||7:05 pm||Hiroki Kuroda|
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