Description: Tigers closer Joe Nathan blew his seventh save of the year, allowing two runs in the ninth as Detroit lost to Minnesota, 4-3.
Insight: Nathan is 4-4 but has converted just 32 out of 39 save opportunities in 2014. He also has a 5.10 ERA and 1.57 WHIP. Nathan should have been out of your lineup awhile ago.
9/8/2014 3:29:00 PM
Description: Tigers closer Joe Nathan has been unavailable the last few days due to right elbow tenderness.
Insight: The Tigers have not had a save opportunity since Sept. 2. Nathan is supposedly available on Monday against the Royals but this something to keep your eye on the last three weeks of the year. Nathan has struggled this year with a 5.04 ERA and 1.54 WHIP in 53 appearances.
8/9/2014 6:57:00 PM
Description: Tigers closer Joe Nathan continued to struggle on the mound, yielding a run in the ninth to blow the win for Max Scherzer.
Insight: Manager Brad Ausmus said he would stick with Nathan, but with the injury to Joakim Soria he didn't really have another good option. Nathan's ERA is up to 5.36.
8/1/2014 10:08:00 PM
Description: Tigers closer Joe Nathan allowed a walk and a hit Friday but ultimately closed out the Rockies for a 4-2 win.
Insight: Nathan has saved two games and thrown three straight scoreless innings since the team acquired Joakim Soria.
6/9/2014 9:08:00 PM
Description: Tigers manager Brad Ausmus gave closer Joe Nathan a vote of confidence Monday, according to mlb.com. "Right now, Joe is and has been the closer the whole year," Ausmus said. "The only times he hasn't closed have been games that I've felt it was best to give him a rest. If there's a bridge that needs to be crossed sometime down the road, I'll cross it. Right now, I'm not even considering it."
Insight: Nathan has allowed 10 runs on 12 hits in his last 3 1/3 innings and has a 7.04 ERA this season. Ausmus gave him a day off Sunday and Joba Chamberlain allowed three runs in the ninth to blow a 3-2 lead against the Red Sox.
6/8/2014 9:18:00 AM
Description: Tigers closer Joe Nathan allowed four hits and two runs in a non-save situation Saturday night against the Red Sox.
Insight: Nathan has been awful lately and the Tigers brought him into a low-leverage situation -- Detroit led Boston 8-4 in the ninth -- to try to get him back on track. However, he allowed Boston to get the tying runs on base before getting Stephen Drew to fly out to end the game. Nathan has allowed 10 runs on 12 hits in his last 3 1/3 innings and now has a 7.04 ERA this season. Joba Chamberlain is likely next in line for saves if Nathan cannot turn it around.
6/3/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: The Tigers brought closer Joe Nathan into a scoreless game Tuesday against the Blue Jays and he allowed two hits, two walks and four runs in 1/3 of an inning.
Insight: Nathan has given up seven hits, three walks and eight earned runs in 1 1/3 innings over his last three appearances and now has an ugly 6.86 ERA. If Nathan continues to struggle, the Tigers will probably turn to Joba Chamberlain (2.59 ERA, 1.19 WHIP) to close. Chamberlain closed a game on May 30 when Nathan was unavailable.
5/14/2014 6:19:00 PM
Description: Tigers closer Joe Nathan has thrown nine scoreless innings in a row.
Insight: Nathan started off slow, allowing six runs in his first 6 2/3 innings and blowing two of his first four save chances, but he locked down his 10th save of the season Wednesday and now has a 3.45 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.
12/3/2013 7:58:00 PM
Description: The Tigers have reached a two-year agreement with All-Star closer Joe Nathan. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: The deal is worth $20 million. With Nathan now under contract, Brian Wilson, Fernando Rodney, Grant Balfour and Chris Perez are the best late inning relievers left on the market.
11/16/2013 11:12:00 AM
Description: The Yankees have been in touch with reliever Joe Nathan about closing for them next season. SOURCE: Andy McCullough, Newark Star-Ledger
Insight: The Tigers are also in need of a closer, though it sounds like Detroit may end up going with Brian Wilson, who is seven years younger than Nathan. The righthander has struggled in four career appearances at the new Yankee Stadium (7.36 ERA in 3 2/3 IP).
10/19/2013 10:29:00 AM
Description: The expectation is that Rangers closer Joe Nathan will decline his $9.5 million option for next season. SOURCE: MLBlogs
Insight: Nathan has been angling for a long-term deal but we're not sure the Rangers will go for that because of his age (he turns 39 in November). Joakim Soria and Neftali Feliz would both be options to close if Nathan signs elsewhere.
9/21/2013 10:54:00 AM
Description: Joe Nathan is hoping to sign a long-term deal with the Rangers after the season. SOURCE: Rangers.com
Insight: Nathan can choose to opt out of his team option for next year, though it's clear that he'd rather remain in Texas. As well as he's pitched this season, the 38-year-old is unlikely to receive more than a two-year contract at this stage of his career.
7/28/2013 10:25:00 AM
Description: According to Fox's Ken Rosenthal, the Rangers could look to deal All-Star closer Joe Nathan at this year's trade deadline.
Insight: Rosenthal says the team is trying to take advantage of a thin market for relief pitching. The Rangers' desire to add a righthanded bat before the deadline might be the worst kept secret in baseball. If Nathan gets dealt, Joakim Soria, a closer during his days in Kansas City, will slide into the ninth inning role.
7/1/2013 10:15:00 AM
Description: Rangers closer Joe Nathan went 11-for-11 in save chances and had a 0.63 ERA and a 0.63 WHIP in the month of June.
Insight: Nathan is 27-for-28 in save opportunities this year and has a 1.51 ERA. He's back to being one of the top relievers in baseball after Tommy John surgery knocked him down a few pegs.
6/9/2013 6:03:00 PM
Description: Rangers closer Joe Nathan saved his 19th game of the season Sunday against Toronto.
Insight: Nathan has blown just one save this season and has a 1.78 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP in 25 1/3 innings.
10/6/2012 10:25:00 AM
Description: Rangers closer Joe Nathan turned in a dismal performance Friday night against the Orioles. He was tagged for two runs on two hits in only an inning of work.
Insight: Nathan needed 35 pitches to finish the frame. The two insurance runs he allowed gave Baltimore closer Jim Johnson a comfortable four-run cushion to work with in the bottom of the ninth.
4/15/2012 5:10:00 PM
Description: Joe Nathan worked a 1-2-3 inning on Sunday to earn his third save.
Insight: Nathan has a blown save and two losses this season, so there was concern that he might lose his job. Mike Adams and Alexi Ogando each recorded a save this week, but Nathan was back in there on Sunday. They'll be plenty of save chances in Texas this season, so even if Nathan gets a day off here and there, he's still a good bet to nab 35 saves.
4/12/2012 6:16:00 PM
Description: Joe Nathan got an off day after blowing a save on Wednesday. Mike Adams picked up the save in Nathan's place.
Insight: Nathan had thrown on two-consecutive days. The new Ranger has two losses and a blown save already this season, but Rangers manager Ron Washington dismissed the notion that he'd consider making a switch at closer, according to the Dallas Morning News. Adams wasn't exactly dominant in his closer cameo, giving up a run on two hits.
4/12/2012 3:13:00 PM
Description: Joe Nathan's blown save spoiled a great outing by Rangers starter Colby Lewis on Wednesday. Nathan allowed four hits and three runs in the ninth inning as Texas lost to the Mariners 4-3.
Insight: Nathan's ERA ballooned to 9.00 after the loss. It was Nathan's second loss of the year. Nathan isn't in any danger of losing the closer's job but he has looked shaky so far in 2012.
4/6/2012 4:55:00 PM
Description: Joe Nathan is one for one in save opportunities as a member of the Texas Rangers. Nathan shut the door on Chicago Friday, breezing his way to a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Insight: Nathan was very ordinary in his return from Tommy John surgery a year ago (14-17 in save opportunities, 4.84 ERA for Minnesota) but he looked solid Friday. The White Sox don't have the toughest lineup in the league and Nathan certainly won't be as dominant as he was before the surgery (he turned 37 last November) but he'll get plenty of save chances pitching for Texas this season. Thirty-five to 40 saves doesn't seem out of the question.
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