Joe Nathan and Brad Ausmus had a conversation before Wednesday’s game. After that conversation Ausmus was convinced that Joe Nathan should stay in the closer role. That is if Nathan can keep from walking the leadoff man.
So with that condition Ausmus will hand Joe Nathan the ball the next time a save opportunity comes up. Even though his closer seemed frazzled by the fans booing him after the Blue Jays dropped two runs on him Tuesday.
“Every pitcher is an individual, so they react differently to what’s happening,” Ausmus said. “Joe has been doing this for a very long time. He’s obviously experienced failure in the past. He’s not perfect in closing out games in his career.
“The best closers have the ability to put that last blown save behind them. As a closer, you have to have a special makeup mentally. It’s a special breed to be a closer.”
That said, the biggest question about Nathan’s ability to close may not be his head but rather his right arm. After suffering from dead arm at the beginning of the season, Nathans velocity and control hasn’t been what it used to be. That could mean that Nathan doesn’t have the stuff to close.