Watson notched a save Tuesday against the Mariners after tossing a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit. Watson threw 12 of his 17 pitches for strikes and, even though he allowed a two-out single to Kyle Lewis, he slammed the door after Kyle Seager grounded out for the final out of the game. Watson has gone 2-for-2 in save opportunities this season and should remain as the team's primary closer moving forward if he keeps tossing the ball like he has done it all year long. He owns a 0.64 ERA and has allowed just one earned run in 14 innings across 16 appearances.
Watson notched the save Saturday against the Diamondbacks after tossing a scoreless ninth inning. Watson threw nine of his 13 pitches for strikes Saturday en route to his first save of the season. He hasn't allowed any runs over his last 10 appearances out of the bullpen, notching five holds, a win, a save and a 0.58 WHIP in that stretch. In fact, Watson has given up just one run all season and has an excellent 0.75 ERA in 14 appearances in 2020.
Watson (1-0) pitched a third of an inning and earned the win in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Diamondbacks. After starter Johnny Cueto gave up a solo home run to Eduardo Escobar and walked Jake Lamb, Watson was brought in with two outs in the seventh inning. Watson managed to pick off Lamb to end the threat, and the Giants took the lead in the eighth to reward the reliever with the win. Through 11 innings, Watson has a sparking 0.82 ERA, 0.73 WHIP and nine strikeouts. He is likely to see late-inning assignments, although he has yet to record a save this season.
Watson pitched a scoreless inning, allowing a walk and striking out one to earn a hold in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Diamondbacks. Watson was able to protect a 4-2 lead in the eighth inning, and Tyler Rogers was perfect for the save in the ninth. That duo appears to have the inside track for saves this season. Through 10.2 innings this season, Watson has a 0.84 ERA, 0.72 WHIP and 9:2 K:BB across 12 appearances. Rogers has a 5.71 ERA and 1.27 WHIP, but he's also collected two saves to Watson's zero. The 35-year-old Watson has produced six holds, and should continue to see high-leverage work.
Watson has yet to get a save opportunity this season, but he has logged five straight scoreless appearances while collecting three holds over that span. Trevor Gott opened the year with saves in four of his first five appearances, but he has been dreadful of late, giving up 11 earned runs while blowing two saves over his last 1.1 innings, so he is seemingly out as the Giants' closer. Watson could be the next man up, but Tyler Rogers has a similar scoreless streak and is 1-for-2 on save chances this season. If it is a committee, it may be tricky to extract value from the situation, but it's possible one of Watson, Rogers or a dark horse candidate could emerge now that Gott has seemingly pitched himself out of the ninth inning.
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