Chicago Cubs’ bullpen is taking on a whole new look
The Cubs took a chance on the 41-year old Nathan, a former All-Star closer who recently made his season debut against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Nathan’s debut got off to a horrid start, giving up a triple and a walk before he struck out the side in what proved to be a critical inning of work in a game that the Cubs wound up winning with a five-run rally.
Per reports, Nathan’s stuff has been pretty good as he ascended through the minors, his fastball topping out in the low 90s with his slider — not what it used to be — moving well.
If the Cubs can get anything from the right-handed Nathan, it’s going to be a huge plus. He has a ton of experience in big games, and after Tommy John surgery wants to end his baseball career on his own terms.
If he can continue to pitch like he did in the second half of his first outing with the Cubs, he’ll be a phenomenal gamble by the Cubs’ front office.