Tony Watson RP PIT 2 months ago

Despite diminished velocity, Watson retired the Brewers in order Sunday for a scoreless inning of work.

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Tony Watson RP PIT 5 months ago

Watson picked up his second win of the year Tuesday, hurling a scoreless eighth inning against the Padres.

He permitted a pair of hits and threw a wild pitch but recorded two strikeouts to shut San Diego's rally. Watson has appeared in 40 of Pittsburgh's first 83 contests, something the team will undoubtedly keep an eye on in the second half. He's averaged 71 appearances over the last three seasons.

Tony Watson RP PIT 5 months ago

Watson could be in a line for a save opportunity Monday if the Pirates make Mark Melancon unavailable due to a heavy workload.

Melancon has appeared in three of Pittsburgh's last four games while Watson has thrown twice since June 25. The lefty leads the Bucs with 19 holds and features a 2.09 ERA and 0.91 WHIP in 38.2 IP.

Tony Watson RP PIT 5 months ago

Watson was tagged with his first blown save of the season Tuesday, serving up a game-tying two-run homer to J.D. Martinez.

Watson has been golden for most of 2015. He holds a 2.11 ERA and 0.93 WHIP in 38.1 innings. The lefty also ranks second in the NL with 18 holds.

Tony Watson RP PIT 5 months ago

Watson will not be available out of the bullpen Thursday, Tom Singer of reports.

After pitching the past two days, Watson will get a day of rest Thursday. Coming off this rest day, he should be available when the Pirates face the Nationals on Friday.

Tony Watson RP PIT 6 months ago

Watson is not available out of the bullpen Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Tribune's Rob Biertempfel reports.

He has been used in two straight games so this is simply a matter of rest. Watson should be available after Wednesday's game.

Tony Watson RP PIT 6 months ago

Watson struck out two batters in a scoreless eighth inning Wednesday.

He's limited opponents to one run in 25 innings since Opening Day, collecting 10 holds and a save along the way. The Pirates seem satisfied with Mark Melancon closing, but with Melancon making $5.4 million, it's doubtful the team will keep him around next season. At that point, Watson would likely take over closing duties.

Tony Watson RP PIT 7 months ago

Watson will likely receive any save opportunity the Bucs might get Tuesday, with Mark Melancon sitting after throwing four times in five days.

Watson threw four times in five days prior to getting Monday off. Since giving up three runs in one inning Opening Day, the southpaw has limited opponents to one earned run in his last 17 appearances (18 innings).

Tony Watson RP PIT 7 months ago

Watson might be in line to serve as Pittsburgh's closer Saturday, considering Mark Melancon pitched in back-to-back games Thursday and Friday.

The team has rested Watson since the southpaw threw 30 pitches Wednesday. He should be good-to-go Saturday in Arizona. The lefty has four holds, one save and a 3.27 ERA in 10 games (11 IP) thus far in 2015.

Tony Watson RP PIT 7 months ago

Watson pitched two shutout innings Wednesday against the Cubs, working around a hit while striking out one for his first save of the year.

Regular closer Mark Melancon has been struggling and his velocity is down, which has unexpectedly opened the door for Watson, who's been absolutely terrific since his Opening Day disaster. He's now a priority fantasy pickup, given the possibility that he could wrest the ninth-inning role away from Melancon.