Tony Watson
RP PIT
2 months ago

Watson struck out two in a clean ninth inning for his 14th save Tuesday against Milwaukee.

EDGE Analysis

This marks the 12th time Watson has struck out at least two batters in an appearance. Still, with just 55 strikeouts in 64.2 innings and a 3.25 ERA, he's one of the most mediocre relievers in a closing role right now. Watson has converted just 14 of his 19 save chances.

Tony Watson
RP PIT
3 months ago

Watson allowed a solo homer but picked up his 13th save Friday against Cincinnati.

EDGE Analysis

He entered the game with a three-run lead and promptly gave up a leadoff homer to Steve Selsky. Watson then settled down and struck out Joey Votto swinging. His fastball averaged 93.8 mph, its highest level since Aug. 11 (94 mph), a span of 15 outings.

Tony Watson
RP PIT
3 months ago

Watson nailed down his 12th save Tuesday in Philadelphia, striking out two in a perfect inning.

EDGE Analysis

Watson showed Phillies counterpart Jeanmar Gomez how it's done, shutting the door in the bottom of the ninth after Gomez blew his chance at a save in the top half of the inning. This effective outing was much needed after the lefty allowed the opposition to score in three of his previous five appearances.

Tony Watson
RP PIT
3 months ago

Watson took the loss for the second time in three appearances Friday, allowing one run on two hits in one inning against the Reds.

EDGE Analysis

He entered the game in the ninth inning with the score tied at three. A sacrifice fly proved to be the difference after Watson endured some questionable decision-making by his defense. The lefty has compiled a 4.96 ERA with three blown saves in 14 opportunities since taking over as Pittsburgh's closer.

Tony Watson
RP PIT
3 months ago

Watson threw a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday, earning his 11th save in 14 opportunities since being named the Pirates' closer in August.

EDGE Analysis

Despite throwing for the third time in as many days, manager Clint Hurdle had no problem sending him back on the mound following a disastrous performance Tuesday. Watson needed just 11 pitches to retire the Cardinals in order Wednesday. Fittingly, he got Matt Carpenter -- who belted a two-out, game-tying homer Tuesday -- to fly out to end the game.

Tony Watson
RP PIT
3 months ago

Watson (2-4) was disastrous Tuesday, blowing his fifth save of the season in spectacular fashion by allowing the Cardinals to score four runs on three homers in just two-thirds of an inning.

EDGE Analysis

Watson entered with a 6-5 lead, but came apart after pinch-hitter Matt Carpenter tied the game with a solo homer. Two more home runs and three runs later, the closer was pulled trailing 9-6. The scuffling reliever is going through a major rough patch after also allowing a game-tying homer in his previous outing.

Tony Watson
RP PIT
3 months ago

With the Pirates mired in a six-game losing streak, Watson hasn't pitched since Aug. 29.

EDGE Analysis

He's probably looking to see action as soon as possible, especially since he allowed a game-tying homer to the Cubs' Willson Contreras in his last outing. Watson has recorded 10 saves since taking over as Pittsburgh's closer, but he hasn't been the lock-down reliever many expected.

Tony Watson
RP PIT
3 months ago

Watson blew his fourth save as he allowed a solo home run to tie the game in the ninth inning Monday against the Cubs.

EDGE Analysis

Two of those blown saves came before Watson took over as closer in August, so he has been more successful than his 10-for-14 conversion rate would suggest. Still, he has just a 9:5 K:BB, and this is already the second homer he has allowed in just 12.2 innings this month -- hardly peripherals that inspire confidence in Watson's ability to close long term.

Tony Watson
RP PIT
3 months ago

Watson pitched a scoreless ninth inning on one hit while striking out two to earn his 10th save of the season Sunday against the Brewers.

EDGE Analysis

Watson has successfully closed out 10 of his 11 chances this month since taking over the closing duties for the Pirates, and he now has a 2.57 ERA. The fifth year reliever has kept his WHIP at or under his current number of 1.07 in each of the last four seasons.

Tony Watson
RP PIT
3 months ago

Watson struck out a batter in a clean 10th inning Thursday against Milwaukee for his eighth save.

EDGE Analysis

After uncharacteristically struggling through a series against the Giants early last week, Watson got six days off before returning to the mound Wednesday, and he's rewarded that decision with consecutive spotless outings. Unless something changes, he'll continue closing out games for the Pirates down the stretch.