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36 Joe Nathan RP
Height/Weight: 6-4/230 | Birthdate: 11/22/1974 | Birthplace: Houston, TX | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Detroit | College: Stony Brook | MLB Experience: 14 | Salary: $8,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 76/61 | Average Draft Position: 106.84
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Dombrowski: Joe Nathan still Tigers closer heading into 2015


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2014) 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
(9/25/2014) 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
(9/23/2014) 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.


Joe Nathan pulls through for 33rd save Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Tigers closer Joe Nathan gave up two hits Saturday but was able to strand runners on second and third base to earn his 33rd save in his team's 3-2 win over the Royals.

Nathan allowed a pair of one-out singles before a groundout advanced both runners and put the potential tying run just 90 feet away. Nathan was able to get the next batter to ground out to first base and give his team a win, increasing the Tigers' lead to two-and-a-half games over the Royals in the AL Central. Nathan owns a 5.01 ERA and 52:28 K:BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings.


Joe Nathan blows save in loss vs. Twins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Tigers closer Joe Nathan blew a save opportunity and took a loss Tuesday, allowing two earned runs on two hits and one walk in two-thirds of an inning in his team's 4-3 defeat against the Twins.

A well-pitched game turned into a wild one in the ninth inning Tuesday, as Nathan (4-4) followed up a blown save on a three-run home run against Glen Perkins with his own troubles in the bottom of the ninth. The Twins delivered the tying run on a one-out double and earned the win with a walkoff infield single. Nathan has given up runs in back-to-back appearances and now owns a 5.10 ERA and 52:28 K:BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings.


Joe Nathan notches 32nd save in rocky fashion


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Tigers pitcher Joe Nathan earned his 32nd save Sunday, but it was anything but routine. Nathan allowed two hits, a walk and a run in the ninth inning before sealing Detroit's 6-4 victory over the Indians.

Nathan has a 4.83 ERA and is 32 for 38 in save opportunities.


Joe Nathan closes out Cleveland


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Tigers closer Joe Nathan struck out, worked his way around a walk and needed 17 pitches to complete a scoreless ninth inning for the save Saturday night against Cleveland. He has converted 31 of 37 save chances, with a 4.75 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP over 53 innings of relief.

Joe Nathan delivers 30th save Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Tigers closer Joe Nathan earned his 30th save Tuesday, surrendering two hits and striking out two in a scoreless ninth inning to finish off his team's 4-2 win over the Royals.

Nathan had managed just two strikeouts in his last eight innings before racking up a pair of them Tuesday. He allowed two infield singles to begin the ninth inning Tuesday but sandwiched the two strikeouts around a caught stealing to escape with no damage done. Nathan owns a 4.85 ERA and 51:25 K:BB ratio in 52 innings.


Joe Nathan dealing with sore elbow


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/8/2014) Tigers closer Joe Nathan, who hasn't appeared in a game in nearly a week, has been dealing with some elbow tenderness, manager Brad Ausmus told FOXSportsDetroit.com. He should be available to pitch Monday against the Royals, though.

Joe Nathan picks up save No. 29


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Tigers pitcher Joe Nathan picked up his 29th save Tuesday against the Indians.

Nathan entered the game with a two-run lead. After quickly picking up two outs to open the inning, Nathan allowed a single. With the possible scoring run at the plate, Nathan got Carlos Santana to fly out to end the game. Nathan lowered his ERA to 5.04 following the outing. 


Joe Nathan earns save No. 28


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Tigers reliever Joe Nathan recorded his 28th save Tuesday against the Yankees. 

Nathan entered with a three-run lead, and managed to close the door without any issues. He tossed a perfect inning of work, notching one strikeout. He threw just nine pitches during the inning. Nathan lowered his ERA to 5.25 with the outing. 


Joe Nathan picks up a save in Game 2


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Tigers closer Joe Nathan picked up his 27th save Saturday against the Twins.

Nathan entered with a three-run lead, and closed the door after running into some trouble. The leadoff hitter reached on a single, and managed to steal second later in the inning. He would come around to score after Nathan gave up a one-out double. With the tying run at the plate, Nathan inducing two groundouts to end the game. 


Joe Nathan makes it interesting, but picks up save No. 26


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Tigers closer Joe Nathan saved his 26th game Tuesday against the Rays.

Nathan was spotted a three-run lead, but managed to make things interesting. With two outs, Nathan gave up a single to Ben Zobrist and then walked the next hitter. Evan Longoria then singled in a run. With the possible tying run at the plate, Nathan was able to strike out Sean Rodriguez to end the game. Nathan's ERA is 5.28 this season.


Joe Nathan collects 25th save


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Tigers closer Joe Nathan saved his 25th game Saturday against the Mariners. 

Nathan entered the game with a three-run lead, but did find himself in some trouble during his one inning of work. Nathan allowed a leadoff single, which would come around to score on another single later in the inning. With the tying run at the plate and only one out, Nathan was able to induce a game-ending double-play. Nathan's ERA jumped to 5.20 ERA after the outing.


Joe Nathan blows another save in loss to Blue Jays


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Struggling Tigers closer Joe Nathan couldn't make it out of the ninth inning Saturday in Toronto after blowing his sixth save opportunity of the season and raising his ERA to 5.36.

Nathan took over with a one-run lead and gave up two walks and two singles, including one by Dioner Navarro that tied it. He was removed after walking the bases full.


Joe Nathan picks up save after loading bases Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Tigers closer Joe Nathan pitched around one hit and two walks to strand the bases loaded while picking up his 24th save in his team's 5-4 win over the Blue Jays.

Nathan retired the first two batters he faced but then allowed a single and walked two batters to put himself in a precarious situation. He was able to get the next batter to foul out and give his team a win. Nathan owns a 5.18 ERA and 46:19 K:BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings.


Joe Nathan secures 23rd save Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Tigers closer Joe Nathan delivered his 23rd save Tuesday, needing nine pitches to toss a 1-2-3 12th inning in his team's 4-3 win over the Yankees.

Nathan has turned in six straight scoreless outings, giving up just two hits and one walk during that stretch. He finally appears to be settling down after a rocky first half. Nathan owns a 5.31 ERA and 45:17 K:BB ratio in 40 2/3 innings.


Joe Nathan closes out Rockies


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) Tigers reliever Joe Nathan struck out one and worked his way past a hit and a walk in a scoreless ninth inning to close out a 4-2 victory over the Rockies on Friday. He has converted 22 saves in 27 attempts, with a 5.45 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP in 39 2/3 innings of relief.

Locked-in slider helping Joe Nathan lock in


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) 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
(7/25/2014) 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
(7/23/2014) 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
(7/22/2014) 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
(7/20/2014) 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."


Joe Nathan takes loss Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) Tigers closer Joe Nathan was stuck with a loss Saturday, giving up three earned runs on two hits and two walks in one inning and striking out two in his team's 5-2 defeat against the Indians.

Nathan (4-3) had put together four scoreless outings in July before Saturday's meltdown, and the Tigers may expedite their search for bullpen help as a result. He owns a 6.23 ERA and 37:16 K:BB ratio in 34 2/3 innings.


Joe Nathan escapes shaky outing with 19th save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Tigers reliever Joe Nathan worked past a shaky outing for the save Friday night against the Royals in Kansas City. 

Nathan gave up one hit and one walk while striking out one in a scoreless frame to secure a 2-1 victory. Of his 27 pitches, only 13 were strikes. He is 19 of 24 in save chances, with a 5.61 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP over 33 2/3 innings of relief.