Tony Watson
RP PIT
2 weeks ago

Watson retired only one batter while allowing one hit and two walks Tuesday in Philadelphia.

EDGE Analysis

He suffered a cut on the back of his left thumb but continued to pitch through the injury. After a promising relief outing June 29, Watson has fallen back into a season-long trend of inconsistency. With a 3.99 ERA and 1.59 WHIP, the lefty is unlikely to move back into the closer's role anytime soon. He remains a trade deadline candidate, though his value has declined in 2017.

Tony Watson
RP PIT
3 weeks ago

Watson retired both batters he faced Thursday, striking out Corey Dickerson while inducing an Evan Longoria pop-up.

EDGE Analysis

The righty stranded both of Jameson Taillon's runners, retiring both hitters on only four pitches. Watson, who's averaged 92.9 mph with his fastball in 2017, hit 95 mph twice -- a positive development for the deposed closer. It wouldn't be surprising to see Pittsburgh afford him the occasional save opportunity if he continues to show improvement, especially on days when Felipe Rivero is unavailable. Juan Nicasio remains the current backup closer option for Rivero, but it's possible that Nicasio and/or Watson are traded at the deadline.

Tony Watson
RP PIT
1 month ago

Manager Clint Hurdle said he considered using Watson in the bottom of the eighth inning of Sunday's win with the Pirates leading 3-0 over the Marlins, Root Sports in Pittsburgh reports.

EDGE Analysis

Speaking in his post-game media conference, Hurdle said he picked Daniel Hudson over Watson because "he's been rolling." Hudson has been throwing better, but he yielded a solo homer to Ichiro Suzuki on Sunday. Although Watson pitched in a mop-up role Friday, there's reason to believe he'll be back in high-leverage situations in the not-too-distant future. It's not out of the question he could even pick up the odd save in games where Felipe Rivero and Juan Nicasio are used earlier or unavailable.

Tony Watson
RP PIT
1 month ago

Watson retired Florida in order Friday in his first appearance since being removed from the closer's role.

EDGE Analysis

The clean inning was just his fifth in 25 outings. Watson actually appeared in the ninth inning Friday, but it was with the Marlins sporting a seven-run lead. Pittsburgh will likely continue to run the lefty out in low leverage situations in an effort to rebuild the impending free agent's trade value.

Tony Watson
RP PIT
1 month ago

Watson is no longer the closer for the Pirates, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

The left-hander blew his second consecutive save Wednesday night, leading the Pirates to finally pull the plug on him as their closer. Watson will move into lower-leverage situations, where he'll work to regain the form that produced sub-3.00 ERA's from 2013 through 2015. For the time being, Juan Nicasio and Felipe Rivero will share ninth inning duties, but Watson could climb back into contention if he shows drastic improvement in his new role.

Tony Watson
RP PIT
1 month ago

The Pirates will discuss whether Watson will remain closer, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Right on cue after manager Clint Hurdle gave him a vote of confidence, Watson blew his fifth save of the season Wednesday, failing for the second straight day. The southpaw owns a 4.44 ERA with only 20 strikeouts and eight walks in 26.1 innings. Fantasy owners should already have or try to acquire Felipe Rivero, the best replacement option, wherever possible, though Juan Nicasio and Daniel Hudson remain remote possibilities should the gig become available. Of course, if the Pirates wind up selling valuable assets like Rivero near the trade deadline, this could wind up a fluid, painful fantasy situation.

Tony Watson
RP PIT
1 month ago

Watson struck out one and gave up two hits in an inning of work, including a game-tying two-run home run by Trey Mancini, to blow his fifth save of the season in Wednesday's 9-6 loss to the Orioles.

EDGE Analysis

The left-hander's timing was poor given the increasing noise in Pittsburgh about Felipe Rivero receiving a shot at the closer role. Watson now has a 4.44 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and career-worst 2.1 HR/9 through 26.1 innings this season, and is just 15-for-25 in converting saves over the last two years.

Tony Watson
RP PIT
1 month ago

Despite his recent struggles, Watson will remain the Pirates' closer, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

After blowing his fourth save of the season Tuesday night, the left-hander's job seemed to be in jeopardy, although manager Clint Hurdle quelled those concerns Wednesday by giving Watson a vote of confidence. Watson still seems to be on the hot seat, but at least he still is the top ninth-inning option for Pittsburgh for now. He also may have a bit longer of a leash than other closers around the league in order to keep his trade stock up, although he'll need to show some improvement if he wants to remain relevant in shallower fantasy leagues.

Tony Watson
RP PIT
1 month ago

Watson blew his fourth save opportunity Tuesday, allowing two runs on two hits in one inning against the Orioles. He struck out one batter.

EDGE Analysis

The lefty was touched up by Jonathan Schoop's game-tying, two-run homer in the ninth inning of a 6-5 loss. Watson's numbers have ballooned to a 3.91 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 25.1 innings. The team would probably like to keep him as its closer, thereby keeping his trade value higher, but Watson's ineffectiveness continues to move up the timeframe for replacement Felipe Rivero.

Tony Watson
RP PIT
2 months ago

Watson (4-1) allowed two runs on two hits (one homer) while walking none and striking out one in an inning of work to blow his third save of the season, but he earned the win in Monday's 4-3 victory over Pittsburgh.

EDGE Analysis

Watson gave up a two-run home run to Chris Iannetta to blow the save, and he's treading on thin ice now in the closer's role after allowing nine runs in 11 outings this month. The southpaw doesn't have typical closer stuff either, as evidenced by his 6.9 K/9, and his ERA went up to 4.03. The Bucs haven't given any indication that Watson's job is in jeopardy, but for those speculating, Felipe Rivera would likely be the next man up.