Watson served up three runs on three hits while striking out one over an inning in Saturday's 8-4 win over St. Louis.
Watson had pitched just once over the past seven days, so manager Bruce Bochy decided to give his setup man some work in an 8-1 contest, much to the chagrin of the reliever's fantasy owners. The 34-year-old allowed two runners to get on base before promptly surrendering a three-run shot to Paul Goldschmidt. Despite the rough outing, Watson still owns a 3.38 ERA and 1.15 WHIP and is tied for third in the majors with 18 holds this season.
Watson tossed a clean inning en route to his 14th hold in Saturday's 8-7 win over the Brewers.
Watson needed just seven pitches (six strikes) to retire the side in the eighth inning. The veteran southpaw has been locked in of late, posting a 1.86 ERA with nine strikeouts and five holds over his last 10 contests.
Watson allowed two hits and struck out two batters over a scoreless frame in Thursday's 3-1 win over Miami.
Watson was able to bridge the gap to closer Will Smith, notching his team-leading 10th hold of the campaign. The veteran southpaw owns a 2.70 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 5.3 K/BB through 20 innings. Watson remains a strong trade candidate as the Giants continue to flounder this season.
Watson picked up the win after tossing a clean inning while recording a strikeout in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Reds.
Watson notched his first win in relief as the Giants completed their second comeback victory against the Reds in their current series. The veteran southpaw hit a bit of a rough patch at the end of April, but he has responded with three shutout outings to begin the month of May. Watson remains a solid option in holds leagues with seven (tied for third in majors) in 13 appearances.
Watson fired a perfect inning with a strikeout in Thursday's 1-0 victory over the Rockies.
The Giants haven't been winning many games this season (5-9), but when they have, Watson is usually bridging the gap to closer Will Smith. The 34-year-old owns a strong 1.93 ERA to go along with four holds through five appearances. Thursday's strikeout was surprisingly just his first of the year, but his strikeout rate is unlikely to remain at 1.9 K/9 after he posted a 9.8 K/9 in 2018.
Watson tossed a scoreless inning while striking out a batter in Saturday's spring training win over the Padres.
Watson, like fellow southpaw Will Smith, has appeared in just three games so far this spring. Neither pitcher has much to prove: The former is expected to serve as the team's primary left-handed setup man, and the latter will begin the year as closer. Watson turned in one of his finest seasons since his days in Pittsburgh last year (2.59 ERA, 5.1 K/BB ratio and 32 holds), and he should be able to help out those in holds leagues yet again.
Watson gave up a hit and struck out a batter over two-thirds of a scoreless inning in Sunday's 4-3 win over the Pirates.
Watson notched his 25th hold in the process, which is the most he has recorded since his days in Pittsburgh when he was considered one of the best left-handed relievers in the game. The 33-year-old now owns a sparkling 2.28 ERA and a 4.7 K/BB ratio over 51.1 innings, making him a strong asset in holds leagues.
Watson allowed two hits over a scoreless inning en route to his 17th hold of the season in Wednesday's 6-5 win over the Marlins.
Watson was deployed in the seventh inning against a lefty-heavy portion of the Marlins' lineup. Manager Bruce Bochy stated that Sam Dyson would serve as the team's primary closer in Hunter Strickland's absence, with Watson seeing the occasional save opportunity based on matchups. Dyson allowed two runs on four hits before giving way to Reyes Moronta for the save Wednesday, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Watson get a shot to prove his meddle as closer if a save opportunity presents itself in the upcoming four-game set against the Padres. The 33-year-old owns a 1.82 ERA with 40 strikeouts over 34.2 innings this season.
Manager Bruce Bochy said Watson will see some save chances with Hunter Strickland (hand) on the disabled list, though Sam Dyson is expected to see the lion's share of opportunities, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Bochy identified Watson and Dyson as options to fill in as the team's closer before Tuesday's game, and the manager confirmed after the contest that Dyson -- who recorded the save Tuesday -- would serve as the primary ninth-inning man while Watson offers a left-handed option that could also see some occasional save chances. The 33-year-old Watson, who has recorded at least one save in each of the past five seasons, owns a pristine 1.87 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 40:6 K:BB across 33.2 innings this season and will be the next man up if Dyson struggles in his new role.
Watson is a candidate to serve as the Giants' closer in the absence of Hunter Strickland (hand), Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The Giants' ninth-inning role became available after Hunter Strickland suffered a broken right hand by punching a wall following Monday's game against the Marlins. Manager Bruce Bochy reported Tuesday that Watson and Sam Dyson are both candidates to act as closer while Strickland rehabs over the next 6-to-8 weeks. Watson is a lefty and Dyson throws right-handed, so it wouldn't be all too surprising to see Bochy utilize both relievers in save situations based on matchups.
Watson gave up a run on two hits over an inning in Saturday's 5-4 win over the Cubs.
Watson got in hot water when he allowed a run to come home in a hotly contested matchup, but he was able to pass the torch successfully to Hunter Strickland, who nailed down the win. The 33-year-old has been a key part of the Giants' bullpen this season, posting a 2.45 ERA with 24 strikeouts and nine holds over 22 innings.
Watson pitched a perfect inning and struck out two while picking up the hold Sunday against the Angels.
Watson notched his third hold of the season after retiring the Angels in order during the eighth inning. The 33-year-old left-hander has struck out 13 and allowed one run in nine appearances this season, good for a 0.93 ERA. Watson should continue to be used in high-leverage situations as one of the more reliable options out of San Francisco's bullpen moving forward.
Watson (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth inning and struck out two batters to earn his first win Friday against the Dodgers.
The lefty also recorded a hold with a scoreless eighth frame Opening Day, so it appears he's going to be leaned on in a high-leverage role. It positions Watson to be a serviceable fantasy asset in plenty of settings, and it's a gig he's excelled at in the past. He's now struck out five batters and allowed just a single baserunner through two innings, so it's an encouraging start for the 33-year-old veteran. It's worth noting that the San Francisco bullpen could reshuffle when Mark Melancon (elbow) returns from injury, though.
Watson picked up his first hold of the season after firing a scoreless inning with a walk and three strikeouts against the Dodgers on Thursday.
Manager Bruce Bochy named Hunter Strickland the team's temporary closer in the wake of Mark Melancon's (arm) injury, leaving Watson in his previously expected setup role. The Giants' bullpen struggled limiting left-handed batters last year, so the southpaw should see plenty of hold chances this season, especially in matchups against the Dodgers' premier left-handed bats -- a team they'll face 10 times in their first 28 games.
Watson is one of several options the Giants are considering as emergency fill-ins should Mark Melancon (arm) land on the disabled list to begin the year, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Melancon admitted that he was feeling an undisclosed pain in his throwing arm Tuesday, so a start on the disabled list seems likely, even if the Giants are remaining mum on their closer's status. Sam Dyson seems to be the favorite to fill in due to his experience in the role last season, but Watson was also mentioned as a potential replacement. Hunter Strickland, who had the best spring training of the trio, was also rumored to be in the mix. All three players are worth a flier for those hunting for cheap saves.
Watson has agreed to a contract with the Giants, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports.
The terms of the deal are not yet available, but it is believed to be a multi-year deal. Watson will serve as the top lefty in the Giants' bullpen this season, although clearly Mark Melancon and likely Sam Dyson will be ahead of him in the hierarchy for saves. The 32-year-old southpaw is known for outperforming his peripherals, posting an ERA under 3.40 in six straight seasons despite often working with a strikeout rate that is subpar by late-inning reliever standards. He could be a source of value in leagues that reward holds, and could get in the mix for saves if Melancon struggles mightily or gets hurt.
Watson fired a clean inning with two strikeouts in Friday's 1-0 win over the Padres.
Watson has turned things around following his three-run implosion Aug. 8, posting a 2.25 ERA with three holds over his last 10 appearances. The 32-year-old will continue to be used in the later innings as one of the Dodgers' top left-handed options out of the 'pen.
Watson (5-4) was charged with a blown save after giving up three runs on two hits and two walks in the eighth inning against Arizona on Tuesday. He recorded two outs.
After entering with one on and one out, Watson proceeded to load up the bases and then serve up a table-turning grand slam to Jake Lamb. The rough outing pushed his season ERA up to a troubling 4.01 and his WHIP to a horrendous 1.54, and he now has as many blown saves (eight) as holds on the season. While the lefty did record holds in his first two appearances for Los Angeles, he's been far too uneven for fantasy owners to trust him even in leagues that count that category.
The Pirates have agreed to trade Watson to the Dodgers, pending a physical, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.
Watson, who compiled a 3.66 ERA in 46.2 innings with the Pirates before being traded, will give the Dodgers a much-needed left-handed option out of the bullpen. He also has the ability to give Kenley Jansen an occasional rest at the end of games -- having collected 10 saves earlier in the season before losing his closing job to Felipe Rivero -- but he'll primarily work in a setup role.
Watson (5-3) gave up a run on two hits and a walk in the seventh inning against the Giants on Wednesday, sending him to the loss column.
After starter Trevor Williams battled San Francisco's Jeff Samardzija to a draw over six innings, Watson came in and promptly ruined things. He just posted an identical stat line (except for the decision) against the Giants on Monday, and these two games have interrupted the momentum he'd been building by allowing just one run over his prior 12.2 innings. At this point, it doesn't look like there's any chance he'll win his old closing gig back from Felipe Rivero.
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