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Joe Nathan

39-Year-Old Pitcher – Detroit Tigers

2014 Stats

W-L

2-0

ERA

7.04

WHIP

1.70

K

8

SV

3

2014 RotoWire Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Nathan's two-year run as Texas' closer came to an end after he chose not to exercise a contract option for 2014, making him a free agent. Nathan was outstanding again in 2013, allowing just 36 hits an...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 4"   WT: 230   DOB: 11/22/1974   BORN: Houston, TX   COLLEGE: SUNY-Stony Brook   DRAFTED: 6th Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Joe Nathan Contract Information:

Agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract with the Tigers in December of 2013.

April 20, 2014  –  Joe Nathan News

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Joe Nathan Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2005 30 MAJ MIN 69 0 0 70.0 46 21 5 94 22 7 4 43 2.70 0.97
2006 31 MAJ MIN 64 0 0 68.3 38 12 3 95 16 7 0 36 1.58 0.79
2007 32 MAJ MIN 68 0 0 71.7 54 15 4 77 19 4 2 37 1.88 1.02
2008 33 MAJ MIN 68 0 0 67.7 43 10 5 74 18 1 2 39 1.33 0.90
2009 34 MAJ MIN 70 0 0 68.7 42 16 7 89 22 2 2 47 2.10 0.93
2011 36 AAA Roc 3 1 0 3.0 2 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.00
2011 36 MAJ MIN 48 0 0 44.7 38 24 7 43 14 2 1 14 3 8 4.84 1.16
2012 37 MAJ TEX 66 0 0 64.3 55 20 7 78 13 3 5 37 3 0 2.80 1.06
2013 38 MAJ TEX 67 0 0 64.7 36 10 2 73 22 6 2 43 3 0 1.39 0.90
2014 39 MAJ DET 8 0 0 7.7 9 6 2 8 4 2 0 3 2 0 7.04 1.70
2014 RotoWire Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Joe Nathan
3-Year Averages MAJ   60 0 0 57.9 43 18 5 64 16 3 2 31 3 2 2.80 1.02
Career  (View All) MAJ   722 29 0 866.3 634 269 81 920 315 59 30 344 2.79 1.10

Age is determined on July 1st of each season.       Jump To:     ▼ Advanced Stats      ▼ Pitcher vs. Batter Stats

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Joe Nathan Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Apr. 20 LAA 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 7.04 1.70
Apr. 19 LAA 1.0 1 1 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 8.10 1.80
Apr. 17 Cle 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 7.94 1.94
Apr. 12 @SD 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 9.64 2.36
Apr. 9 @LAD 1.0 3 3 3 1 2 1 0 0 0 W 0 1 0 12.27 2.73
Apr. 5 Bal 0.7 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 6.75 1.88
Apr. 2 KC 1.0 1 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 - 0 1 0 4.50 1.50
Mar. 31 KC 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 0.00 0.00
Last 14 Days
6 Games:  Avg. 0.9 IP/G
5.7 8 5 5 2 2 8 0 0 0 1-0 3 1 0 7.94 1.76
Last 30 Days
8 Games:  Avg. 1.0 IP/G
7.7 9 6 6 2 4 8 0 0 0 2-0 3 2 0 7.04 1.70
Last 60 Days
8 Games:  Avg. 1.0 IP/G
7.7 9 6 6 2 4 8 0 0 0 2-0 3 2 0 7.04 1.70

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Joe Nathan Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2013133411320502.171
201215146633504.232
20119722817403.198

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201311732916110.152
201210632722403.229
20119421621614.247

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201334.36218441101.310.84
201236.7351851974.171.06
201126.710729243.040.83

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201330.30025291121.480.96
201227.7001927400.981.05
201118.0117141237.501.67
Joe Nathan Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2005 30 MAJ MIN 69 0 70.0 12.09 2.83 4.27 0.64 74.6% 2.70 2.42 .284
2006 31 MAJ MIN 64 0 68.3 12.51 2.11 5.94 0.40 0.75 82.4% 1.58 1.72 .264
2007 32 MAJ MIN 68 0 71.7 9.67 2.39 4.05 0.50 1.00 84.1% 1.88 2.60 .286
2008 33 MAJ MIN 68 0 67.7 9.84 2.39 4.11 0.67 1.24 91.1% 93.5 MPH 1.33 2.80 .245
2009 34 MAJ MIN 70 0 68.7 11.67 2.88 4.05 0.92 1.02 84.2% 93.6 MPH 2.10 2.93 .251
2011 36 AAA Roc 3 1 3.0 15.00 3.00 5.00 0.00 100% 0.00 .87 .366
2011 36 MAJ MIN 48 0 44.7 8.66 2.82 3.07 1.41 0.74 62.2% 92.3 MPH 4.84 4.45 .272
2012 37 MAJ TEX 66 0 64.3 10.91 1.82 6.00 0.98 1.25 78.7% 94.0 MPH 2.80 2.89 .317
2013 38 MAJ TEX 67 0 64.7 10.16 3.06 3.32 0.28 0.69 85.7% 92.2 MPH 1.39 2.41 .237
2014 39 MAJ DET 8 0 7.7 9.39 4.70 2.00 2.35 1.00 63.6% 90.7 MPH 7.04 6.07 .339
2014 Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Joe Nathan
3-Year Averages MAJ   60 0 57.9 9.95 2.49 4.00 0.78 75.9% 2.80 2.94 .277
Career MAJ   722 29 866.3 9.56 3.27 2.92 0.84 78.3% 2.79 3.42 .266

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2014 Stat Review for Joe Nathan    As compared to the top 100 relief pitchers in 2013 (min 55 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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2.00 K/BB
POOR
9.39 K/9
GOOD
4.70 BB/9
TERRIBLE
90.7 MPH Fastball
POOR
2.4 HR/9
TERRIBLE
1.00 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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7.04 ERA
TERRIBLE
1.70 WHIP
TERRIBLE
6.07 FIP
TERRIBLE
BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

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.339 BABIP
HIGH
63.6% Strand Rate
LOW

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Career Pitcher vs. Batter Stats    (View All Matchup Data)

Worst Matchups for Joe Nathan (by OPS against, min 7 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Josh Hamilton ANA 8 4 1 1 2 0 0 .500 1.000 1.600
Mark Teixeira NY-A 12 7 1 7 1 1 1 .583 .917 1.560
Kyle Seager SEA 7 4 0 1 0 0 0 .571 .857 1.429
Albert Pujols ANA 11 4 2 3 1 1 0 .364 1.000 1.417
Curtis Granderson NY-N 20 8 1 1 1 5 0 .400 .750 1.179
Seth Smith SD 9 4 0 1 0 4 0 .444 .667 1.111
Gordon Beckham CHI-A 7 2 1 1 0 3 0 .286 .714 1.089
Nelson Cruz BAL 7 3 0 0 0 1 0 .429 .571 1.071
Billy Butler KC 13 6 0 1 1 2 1 .462 .538 1.038
Alex Rios TEX 11 3 1 1 0 3 0 .273 .727 1.000

Best Matchups for Joe Nathan (by OPS against, min 7 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Omar Infante KC 10 1 0 0 0 3 1 .100 .100 .200
Juan Uribe LA 12 1 0 0 0 5 0 .083 .083 .167
Mark Ellis STL 7 0 0 0 1 3 0 .000 .000 .125
Eric Chavez AZ 7 0 0 0 1 4 1 .000 .000 .125
Lyle Overbay MIL 7 0 0 0 1 3 0 .000 .000 .125
Grady Sizemore BOS 15 0 0 1 1 7 0 .000 .000 .063
Dan Johnson TOR 9 0 0 1 0 6 0 .000 .000 .000
Miguel Olivo LA 8 0 0 0 0 6 0 .000 .000 .000
Ryan Raburn CLE 8 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000
Erick Aybar ANA 7 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000

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Joe Nathan: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Nathan picked up his second save of the season in Thursday's win over the Indians.

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Nathan allowed three earned runs to the Dodgers on Wednesday en route to his second blown save of the season, though he did pick up a vulture win after the Tigers rallied in the 10th inning.

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Nathan said Wednesday that he is dealing with a dead arm, MLive.com reports. "It's not an injury," Nathan said. "It's something that every pitcher goes through every year. It's not even newsworthy, so you guys shouldn't even waste your time writing about dead arm, because it's basically like knowing there's second base on the field."

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Nathan blew a save opportunity against the Royals on Wednesday after giving up a run on one hit and a pair of walks.

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Nathan struggled mightily in his outing Sunday, allowing four earned runs on five hits, one walk and hitting a batter in only one third of an inning pitched.

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Nathan's fastball has been hovering in the high-80s this spring, but the veteran reliever isn't worried about any drop in velocity once the regular season starts, the Detroit News reports.

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Nathan has settled in nicely with his new team this spring, allowing just one hit while striking out three in four scoreless appearances.

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Nathan has agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract with the Tigers, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports.

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2014

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2013

Nathan gave Texas everything they wanted after inking him to a two-year deal last winter. Well, everything but the 27th out in Game 6 of the World Series. He was back to his reliable self after two years of injury-interrupted campaigns, and he'll rack up close to 40 saves again in 2013 if he manages to stay healthy. The Rangers signed Joakim Soria and plan to bring Neftali Feliz back from Tommy John surgery in a relief role, giving them two possible fallback options should Nathan falter. Both Soria and Feliz are second-half options at best however, giving Nathan a clear role as Texas' closer as the season opens.

2012

Nathan enters 2012 as the Rangers closer in his second full season back from Tommy John surgery. After missing all of 2011, Nathan began last season as Minnesota's closer but struggled and lost the job after just three weeks. He had a 7.63 ERA and nine walks in 15 innings along with a noticeable drop in velocity before going on the DL with a flexor strain. Nathan turned things around when he returned from the DL with a 3.38 ERA and 28:5 K:BB ratio in 29.1 innings. He reclaimed the closer role and converted all 11 save chances. He was arguably the best closer in baseball before Tommy John surgery with outstanding control and a dominating strikeout rate. He'll be 37 years old this season, but his second-half stats show he could approach his pre-surgery form.

2011

Nathan hurt his elbow early last spring and missed the entire season after Tommy John surgery. He's expected to be ready for the start of spring training. However, it remains to be seen how effective he'll be initially and what kind of role he'll have in the bullpen. He'll likely begin the season in middle relief while Matt Capps serves as Minnesota's closer, but he could take over closing duties later in the summer. He was arguably the best closer in baseball before the injury with outstanding control and a dominating strikeout rate. Still, he'll be 35 this season and pitchers often struggle with control in their first season back from Tommy John surgery, so temper your expectations.

2010

Nathan's 2009 regular season shows he's arguably the best closer in baseball, but some talk emerged that he may be fading or that the Twins should trade him after he blew a save in Minnesota's playoff loss to the Yankees. Nathan didn't show any signs of wearing down at age 34 last season as he continued to have outstanding control (89:22 K:BB ratio), improved his strikeout rate (11.67 K/9IP) and had a slightly higher average velocity on his fastball than in 2008. He also got more save opportunities, which resulted in a franchise-record 47 saves. And he remains very durable since he hasn't been on the DL since 2000. If others overreact to a playoff loss, he could be a bargain in 2010 as there's every reason to think he'll be among the top closers in baseball again.

2009

Nathan continues to be arguably the best closer in the game and had another dominant season in 2008. Nathan strikes out over a batter per inning (if down slightly from his earlier days) with oustanding control (88:19 K:BB ratio) and durability (hasn't been on the DL since 2000). About the only criticsm of his season was that manager Ron Gardehire was too hesitant to use him for more than one inning (just four outings over one inning) or bring him in during the eighth inning. He'll be near the top of any fantasy rankings of closers.

2008

Nathan may be the best closer in baseball after another dominant season with outstanding control (77:19 K:BB ratio in 71.2 innings). His strikeouts were down slightly from recent years, but he still whiffed better than a batter per inning. The big fantasy issue for Nathan in 2008 is that he's in the final year of his contract and the Twins haven't seemed willing to sign him to a long-term extension. He's a risk to be traded if the Twins fall out of the pennant race as a result.

2007

If not for Mariano Rivera, Nathan might be considered the best closer in baseball. Although for the first time as Minnesota's closer he didn't earn more than 40 saves (he only received 38 chances), he increased his strikeout rate while reducing his walks. He blew just two saves all season. Expect another 35 or more saves once again.

2006

Nathan showed his strong first season as a closer was no fluke as he nearly duplicated his 2004 numbers. Nathan struck out well over a batter per inning and had a strong 94/22 K/BB ratio. He's a good bet to once again save at least 35 games in the closer role.

2005

Nathan surpassed all expectations in his first season as a closer by converting 44 of 47 save chances and making the AL All Star team. He proved his success after one year as a reliever with the Giants wasn't a fluke after being traded to the Twins. Nathan struck out well over a batter per inning and had a strong 89/23 K/BB ratio. He looks like a strong bet to save at least 35 games again in the closer role.

2004

Nathan will be the primary candidate to close for the Twins after an outstanding season last year with the Giants. Acquired in the A.J. Pierzynski trade, Nathan is coming off his first season as reliever, which proved to be a big success. He dominated hitters with 83 strikeouts against just 33 walks in 79 innings. Two worries are that he's had just one good season and he's moving away from a pitcher's park, but that kind of dominance makes it likely he'll be productive with his new team.

2003

Nathan turned 28 in the offseason, and needs to make an impression soon; 6-12, 5.60 in 25 starts at Triple-A in 2002 wasn't a good one. He's probably on the outside looking in when it comes to the Giants' starting rotation in 2003, and he'll likely spend the year at Triple-A again.