|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 Baltimore|| 3.2||0||0|| 2.45||4||1||1|
|vs LHB|| 32.1||0||0|| 4.45||0||19||22|
|vs RHB|| 25.2||0||0|| 5.26||0||10||32|
|12/26/2014||Kyle Seager, 3B SEA|
Albert Pujols, 1B LAA
Fernando Rodney, RP SEA
Jose Quintana, SP CHW
Alexei Ramirez, SS CHW
Chris Sale, SP CHW
Carlos Santana, 1B CLE
Tanner Roark, SP WAS
Glen Perkins, RP MIN
Rick Porcello, SP BOS
Jimmy Rollins, SS LAD
Salvador Perez, C KC
|Jake Peavy, SP SF|
James Paxton, SP SEA
Collin McHugh, SP HOU
Buster Posey, C SF
Jhonny Peralta, SS STL
Marcell Ozuna, CF MIA
Dustin Pedroia, 2B BOS
Joe Nathan, RP DET
Hunter Pence, RF SF
Shelby Miller, SP ATL
Hanley Ramirez, SS BOS
Trevor Rosenthal, RP STL
|12/26/2014||Clint Frazier, CF CLE||Joe Nathan, RP DET|
Drew Smyly, SP TB
|12/24/2014||Leonys Martin, CF TEX|
Kohl Stewart, SP MIN
|Clay Buchholz, SP BOS|
Joe Nathan, RP DET
|Last 10 Games|
Tigers' Joe Nathan alters offseason workouts to stay fresh
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
|(1/22/15) Tigers reliever Joe Nathan altered his offseason workouts in order to stay fresh, according to MLB.com.
Nathan admitted that he doesn't want people to think he's washed up after last year. "I don’t want people thinking that I’m done," he said. "I think coming into not just the spring, but coming into the season, I want to prove to myself and other people I still have something left in the tank."
In order to get off to a quicker start, Nathan decided to work more on his agility during the offseason. "It’s almost like I’m going back to the younger days as far as agility-type stuff and seeing if we can get some more in my legs, keep my spring in my legs, as opposed to just doing squats and squats and squats," he said.
Nathan added that he's lifting more weight than he ever has, and said his range of motion has improved. The 40-year-old Nathan posted a 4.81 ERA over 58 innings last year.
Brad Ausmus sets Tigers bullpen roles for 2015, Nathan to close
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
|(1/22/15) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced his tentative plans for his bullpen this season, according to mlive.com.
Ausmus said that, in an ideal world, Bruce Rondon would be used in the seventh inning, Joakim Soria would pitch in the eighth and Joe Nathan would close games out. Rondon is a bit of a question mark, as he's coming off March Tommy John Surgery. He's expected to be fully healthy by spring training, but the team will move him along slowly at first.
After a midseason trade brought him to Detroit, Soria was actually a better pitcher than Nathan. Despite that, Nathan managed to hold onto the closer role.
That appears to be the case again heading into 2015. Nathan posted a 4.81 ERA over 58 innings last season. It was his highest ERA since 2011. Nathan still managed to save 35 games with the club.
Dombrowski: Joe Nathan still Tigers closer heading into 2015
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
|(10/15/14) Tigers general manager and president Dave Dombrowski has proclaimed embattled right-hander Joe Nathan as the team's closer in 2015 despite plans to bolster what was a terrible bullpen this season.
"I would think he starts as our closer going into it," Dombrowski told MLive.com. "But he has to perform up to the capabilities required of doing it."
Nathan struggled mightily in his first season with Detroit after signing a two-year deal worth $20 million. He converted 35 of 42 save opportunities, but finished with a 4.81 ERA. He did bring it down from 5.61 at the All-Star break, but lost velocity and recorded a 1.56 WHIP in the second half.
Joe Nathan makes quick work of Twins
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(9/25/14) Tigers closer Joe Nathan made quick work of the Twins for his 34th save of the season Thursday night. He struck out two and needed only eight pitches to close out a 4-2 win. He has converted all but seven of his 41 save chances this season, with a 4.89 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP over 57 innings of work.
Joe Nathan earns one-out win Tuesday
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(9/23/14) Tigers closer Joe Nathan picked up a win Tuesday, walking one but getting the final out of the ninth inning in his team's 4-3 walkoff victory over the White Sox.
Nathan (5-4) threw just two of his seven pitches for strikes, but he was able to get a flyout to end the top of the ninth after his walk loaded the bases. He owns a 4.98 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 52:29 K:BB ratio in 56 innings.
|2014 summary: Joe Nathan came to the Tigers off two successful seasons as the Rangers' closer, but little went well in his first season in Detroit. The 39-year-old got off to a difficult start, and by the All-Star break, he had already blown five of his 24 save chances while posting a 5.61 ERA. Nathan's control largely abandoned him in the second half, but because he held opponents to a .308 slugging percentage, he was able to convert 16 of 18 save opportunities with a 3.70 ERA.|
Playing time status: Nathan is expected to begin the season as the Tigers' closer, but with Joakim Soria hanging around in the setup role, the incumbent's job could be in jeopardy with another poor April.
2015 outlook: Even if Nathan improves enough that he keeps his job all season long, he is almost too risky to trust as a No. 2 reliever in standard mixed leagues. If you do gamble a late-round pick on Nathan, it will be worth your while to also get Soria as a handcuff.
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|3/3/15||BAL||1:05 pm|| |
|3/4/15||@ BAL||1:05 pm|| |
|3/5/15||ATL||1:05 pm|| |
|3/6/15||@ NYM||1:10 pm|| |
|3/7/15||@ ATL||1:05 pm|| |
|3/8/15||HOU||1:05 pm|| |
|3/9/15||TOR||1:05 pm|| |
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