Watson (2-3) was unable to retire any batters in his appearance against Oakland on Wednesday, allowing six runs on five hits and one walk to take the loss.
Watson entered the contest in the sixth inning with the Angels ahead by two runs. By the time he left, Oakland had seized the lead without making any additional outs. The southpaw wasn't exactly pummeled -- all five hits against him were singles (including one that didn't leave the infield) -- and the one free pass he issued was intentional, but the outing ranks as the worst of his career. Per Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register, Watson had never before allowed more than four runs in any appearance. The veteran reliever's ERA shot up from 3.43 to 6.00 as a result of the disastrous performance, but Watson should retain a prominent role in the Angels' bullpen.
Watson suffered a blown save in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Athletics after allowing a run on one hit and two walks. over two-third of an inning.
Watson entered to begin the eighth frame with the Angels up one and ended up walking two batters before allowing a run to score on a rushed throw to first base. He was replaced by Raisel Iglesias who was able to bail him out of any more trouble. Watson still owns a solid 2.25 ERA and has a 12:5 K:BB and three holds over 16 innings.
Watson (2-2) took the loss Wednesday against Cleveland after allowing one run on one hit and a walk while striking out a batter in two-thirds of an inning.
Watson came in to relieve Shohei Ohtani with two outs in the fifth and struck out Eddie Rosario to get out of the inning. He came back out for the sixth and issued a leadoff walk to Jose Ramirez who wound up scoring the go-ahead run on an infield single. The 36-year-old left-hander owns a 2.57 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and an 11:2 K:BB over 14 innings in his first season with the Angels.
Watson (2-1) earned the win over Cleveland on Monday by striking out all three batters he faced over one inning.
The southpaw entered the contest in the fifth frame with no outs, a pair of runners on base and Los Angeles holding a four-run lead. He was credited with the win after setting Cesar Hernandez, Jake Bauers and Jose Ramirez down on strikes. Watson holds a 10:1 K:BB over 13.1 innings this season and has posted a 2.03 ERA along with a 0.68 WHIP.
Watson (1-1) was tagged with the loss Friday against Boston as a result of allowing two runs on two hits in one inning. He struck out one.
The veteran reliever was summoned in the seventh inning with Los Angeles up by a run. He couldn't protect the lead, serving up a two-run home run to Bobby Dalbec that provided the winning margin. Watson has been one of the top performers in a beleaguered Angels bullpen this season and still holds a 2.25 ERA despite the poor outing. He should continue to be used in high-leverage situations moving forward.
Watson earned a hold by pitching a perfect 1.2 innings against Houston on Monday.
Watson was extremely efficient with his pitches in the relief appearance, needing only 13 -- eight of which were strikes -- to retire five batters. The left-hander has now logged seven consecutive scoreless outings, allowing only two hits over 7.2 innings during that stretch. He's clearly cementing a trusted role in the Angels' bullpen, as Watson has been credited with a hold in each of his past three appearances.
The Angels activated Watson (calf) from the 10-day injured list ahead of Sunday's game against the Dodgers.
Los Angeles will swap out two right-handed pitchers on the active roster with two lefties, as Watson and Jose Suarez (recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake) will replace Felix Pena (optioned to Triple-A) and Alex Cobb (placed on 10-day IL with finger injury). Watson should step back into a high-leverage setup role for the Angels after he pitched effectively in his first nine outings with the club before being placed on the IL on May 2 with the minor left calf strain.
Watson (calf) is in contention to return from the injured list when first eligible Sunday, Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times reports.
If Watson doesn't make it back Sunday, he's expected to return early next week. He was having a strong season before being shut down with a calf strain, allowing just one run on five hits and a walk in 8.1 innings of relief.
The Angels placed Watson on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a left calf strain, Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Watson hadn't pitched since Wednesday while managing the calf injury, and after failing to show much improvement, the Angels elected to deactivate him. James Hoyt was recalled from the taxi squad in a corresponding move to give the Angels a fresh arm out of the bullpen.
Watson (1-0) recorded a one-out win Monday against the Astros after retiring the only batter he faced.
Watson entered the game in the top of the seventh inning with two outs, and he retired Yordan Alvarez on a groundout to pick up his first win of the campaign. Watson has posted two scoreless appearances this season, allowing one hit with a walk and a strikeout across two innings.
Watson signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Angels on Monday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Watson opted out of his minor-league deal with Philadelphia a few days earlier after it became evident that he wouldn't make the Opening Day roster. He'll provide the Angels depth for a bullpen that isn't at full strength heading into the regular season.
Watson opted out of his minor-league deal with the Phillies on Friday, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Watson looked to have a good chance to open the season as one of the top lefties in the Phillies' bullpen, but he's evidently failed to impress this spring. His 7:2 K:BB in five Grapefruit League innings was strong, but he also allowed five runs (four earned) on nine hits. Jose Alvarado and JoJo Romero will open the year as the only projected southpaws in the Philadelphia bullpen.
Watson agreed Wednesday with the Phillies on a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to MLB spring training, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
Despite being one of baseball's more reliable lefty relievers over the past decade and coming off a 2020 campaign in which he turned in a 2.50 ERA and 0.89 WHIP over 21 appearances with the Giants, Watson was unable to fetch a guaranteed deal in free agency. The 35-year-old should still be in good position to win a spot in the Phillies' Opening Day bullpen, though he likely won't merit much consideration for save chances with Archie Bradley, Hector Neris, Jose Alvarado and Brandon Kintzler all possessing previous closing experience.
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.
Watson should operate in a high-leverage role in 2020, but it's unlikely manager Gabe Kapler utilizes traditional late-inning roles, Maria Guardado of MLB.com reports.
The left-hander was battling some tightness in his left shoulder during spring training, but he was able to get healthy during the shutdown and has been slowing ramping things up in summer camp. Watson has 30 career saves and brings a distinguished veteran presence compared to most of the Giants' bullpen, but Kapler is expected rely on a matchup-based approach, which could mean no official closer. Watson said, "There's probably not established roles. We're going to be mixing and matching and trying to figure out how to win a game every night." Tyler Rogers and Trevor Gott could also factor into that ninth-inning mix, but none of the three seem likely to receive consistent save opportunities in the shortened season.
Watson (shoulder) is back to 100 percent health and will be ready to participate fully in workouts when the Giants resume training, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Watson was slowed in spring training while tending to a minor bout of tightness in his left shoulder, but the season's delay of more than three months has provided him with plenty of time to make a full recovery without having to miss any game action. The southpaw profiles as the Giants' top candidate for saves in 2020, though new manager Gabe Kapler's historical preference to play matchups in the ninth inning may result in San Francisco opting for more of a closer-by-committee approach.
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|06/16||@ OAK||L 4-8||1||0.0||5||6||1||0|
|06/11||@ ARI||W 6-5||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|06/05||vs SEA||W 12-5||0.2||0||0||0||1|
|06/04||vs SEA||W 3-2||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|06/01||@ SF||W 8-1||1.0||1||0||0||1|
|05/29||@ OAK||W 4-0||1.0||0||0||0||0|
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