Tigers Great: Nathan’s “Dead Arm” is an Excuse

When Joe Nathan signed a two-year, $20 million to close games for the Detroit Tigers, the team was pretty sure they had found their closer. Unfortunately, the 39-year-old hasn’t lived up to expectations and earlier this week went public with what he thinks the problem is.  Dead arm. Joe Nathan says he has a ‘dead arm” going on right now, and that he’s still “fine-tuning...
Via Hall of Very Good
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers closer Joe Nathan blows another save while dealing with ‘dead arm’

When Joe Nathan signed a two-year deal during the offseason, the Tigers and many of their fans thought they were getting stability in the backend of the Tigers otherwise questionable bullpen. After all, despite nearing 40 years old, Nathan had saved 80 games over his previous two seasons with an ERA just over 2.00 and a WHIP under 1.00. Well, Nathan has blown two of his first three...
Via The Outside Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Pregame 5: Baltimore Orioles at Detroit Tigers

Before this season started, a lot of Tiger followers predicted that this year’s Tigers would win more one-run games than last year (20-26). I don’t think yesterday was what they had in mind. There was a lot to like about yesterday’s game (how about that Donkey!), but almost blowing a 6-run lead conjures up the spectre of the dreaded blowpen. Evan Reed had a 2nd good outing...
Via Tigers Weblog
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: Bullpen key to World Series title

The Detroit Tigers could’ve found a way to make it past the Boston Red Sox last year in the ALCS if their bullpen was stronger than it showed in 2013. This offseason, they upgraded. The signing of All-Star closer Joe Nathan and relief pitcher Joba Chamberlin have showed that the Tigers are working to correct this issue and bring a title back to Detroit. Nathan brings something...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Scherzer, Nathan end up smiling after Tigers' second consecutive walk-off win

DETROIT -- Two very odd things happened Wednesday afternoon at Comerica Park. Detroit Tigers starter Max Scherzer, who nearly led the American League in run support last season, threw eight shutout innings and didn't figure in the decision in a 2-1 win over the Kansas City Royals that took 10 innings. And Tigers closer Joe Nathan, who had converted all 36 save opportunities against...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers closer Joe Nathan struggles against Marlins

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Joe Nathan allowed four runs while only getting one out in the ninth inning as the Miami Marlins rallied for an 8-4 win over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. Nathan entered without having allowed a run in eight games. Jeff Mathis, who went 4 for 5, had a tiebreaking two-run double for Miami Jacob Turner allowed one run in six innings for the Marlins. He gave up...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers notes: Nathan still effective without velocity

LAKELAND, Fla. -- There isn't a pitcher in spring training who isn't throwing a few miles per hour under what they will be reaching in the regular season. It takes time for arms to get loose and mechanics to fall into place to allow for maximum heat. However, new Detroit Tigers closer Joe Nathan feels a bit apprehensive about his top velocity being in the 88 to 90 mph range...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers happy to have Nathan anchor the bullpen

LAKELAND, FLA. -- There's one concern the Tigers had going into last season that they do not have this season. Joe Nathan is the closer. Knowing that can make all the difference in setting up a bullpen. "For me, in a save situation, I know exactly where I'm going with the ball, regardless of who's coming up, whether it's a lefty coming up, righty coming up, heart...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
February 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers 2014 bullpen preview

Heading into this offseason it was widely believed that the Detroit Tigers would completely revamp their bullpen full of sure things and impact arms. On second thought…. Signing Joe Nathan was a huge deal, obviously. Detroit desperately needed a lockdown closer and now they have one. No disputes will arise as to who should get the ball in the 9th inning, which will be a refreshing...
January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers closer loses bet, dresses as Romo

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers evidently wasn’t the only one who had a little something extra riding on a week 1 NFL game. Last year’s MVP and R&B group Boyz II Men had an arrangement that if the Packers lost to the 49ers Rodgers would have to wear a San Francisco jersey this [...]
Via Los That Sports Blog
September 12, 2012  |  1 Comment

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