Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:43:15 -0700
Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said during a radio interview that the team is looking to add to their bullpen in the trade market. Dombrowski said the team is not looking to acquire a closer, because they believe the improvement RP Joe Nathan has shown will carry into the second half of the season.
Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:26:28 -0700
Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said that the club isn't looking for a closer, but instead a seventh- or eighth-inning depth arm. RP Joel Hanrahan (elbow) may be that guy once he returns from rehab.
Fantasy Tip: That's support for Joe Nathan, who has struggled a bit lately. Joba Chamberlain is next in line for Tigs saves under this current roster construction.
Thu, 19 Jun 2014 07:47:08 -0700
Detroit Tigers RP Joe Nathan lowered his arm slot in his delivery Thursday, June 19, and struck out the side. He had more velocity on his fastball, had more movement on his offspeed pitches and induced more swings and misses than he had in his previous 14 outings. He recorded five swings and misses in 15 pitches. He had five swings and misses in 108 pitches in his previous five outings combined. "It was crisp," manager Brad Ausmus said. "He might have even hit 94 (mph) on the radar gun, which is the hardest we've seen from him all year. That was really very encouraging."
Fantasy Tip: This is encouraging news for Nathan, who has been knocked around all season.
Mon, 09 Jun 2014 18:18:50 -0700
Updating a previous report, Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Monday, June 9, that RP Joe Nathan will remain his closer despite series of struggles, and he hasn't "even considered" lifting the veteran from the role.
Fantasy Tip: The truth of the matter is the team really has no other options, either. No one has exactly lit it up in the back-end of the team's bullpen, and Nathan is just as good as any, plus he has the track record where a bounce back is expected.
Mon, 09 Jun 2014 14:18:50 -0700
Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said RP Joe Nathan will be called upon if the team has a save opportunity Monday, June 9.
Mon, 09 Jun 2014 07:21:43 -0700
Detroit Tigers CL Joe Nathan was rested Sunday, June 8, when RP Joba Chamberlain blew a save opportunity.
Fantasy Tip: This may actually help Nathan's stock a bit and give him a little more rope.
Wed, 04 Jun 2014 07:32:35 -0700
Updating an earlier report, The Detroit News' Tom Gage thinks that Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has no choice but to stick with struggling CL Joe Nathan. "Joe's been very good for a very long time, and I expect him to be very good for the Tigers," Ausmus said. "And he expects himself to be very good. But even the best have rough times."
Wed, 04 Jun 2014 07:08:20 -0700
Detroit Tigers CL Joe Nathan allowed four runs on two hits and two walks in one-third of an inning Tuesday, June 3.
Fantasy Tip: Nathan has been atrocious early on this season to a tune of a 6.86 ERA. It's time to start worrying about whether he'll make it to the All-Star break as the closer. Al Alburquerque and Joba Chamberlain are good pickups for save speculators.
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:36:23 -0700
Detroit Tigers RP Joe Nathan said his arm felt livelier during his appearance Thursday, April 17, after he dealt with dead arm earlier in the month. "My velocity is what it's going to be, but moreso I was locating where I wanted to. But it did feel like it was a lot livelier. There's different 91s, different 92s, but today, at least finishing pitches, it felt like it was jumping out of my hand better," Nathan said.
Thu, 10 Apr 2014 08:59:35 -0700
Detroit Tigers RP Joe Nathan blew the save against the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, April 9, allowing three runs in the ninth inning.
Fantasy Tip: Nathan is trying to pitch through a "dead-arm" phase, which explains his rough outings of late. Although it's always tough to bench one of your closers this early in the season, this would be a situation that would warrant it. There's no indication that Brad Ausmus is considering any kind of committee approach, but if he does, Al Alburquerque, Phil Coke and Joba Chamberlain would likely be involved.