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Tony Watson | Relief Pitcher | #44

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (32) / 5/30/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 225
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Nebraska
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 9 (0) / PIT
Contract: view contract details
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Tony Watson has been removed from the Pirates' closer role.
Manager Clint Hurdle gave Watson a vote of confidence Wednesday afternoon, but then the lefty proceeded to blow yet another save chance later that night. He'll move into a lower leverage role for now. Felipe Rivero and Juan Nicasio will share the closer duties for the Pirates. Jun 9 - 3:46 PM

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Tony Watson gave up two runs in the ninth inning to blow another save as his team fell in extra innings to the Orioles on Wednesday.

He allowed two inherited runners to score and then gave up two runs of his own. Watson received a vote of confidence from manager Clint Hurdle earlier in the day. He has now blown five saves in 14 chances. Watson has a 4.44 ERA with 20 strikeouts and eight walks in 26 1/3 innings. It wouldn't be surprising if Watson were given a time-out from the closer's role in Pittsburgh. Felipe Rivero is the guy to grab if he is available in your fantasy league.
Jun 8 - 1:43 AM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said that Tony Watson will remain the team's closer.

Watson blew his fourth save of the season on Tuesday when he gave up a two-run home run to Jonathan Schoop in the ninth inning. He is now 10-for-14 in save opportunities while pitching to a 3.91 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 19/8 K/BB ratio across 25 1/3 innings. For the time being, it looks like he will hold onto his job. Should he continue to struggle, the Pirates could potentially turn to Felipe Rivero.
Jun 7 - 4:22 PM

Tony Watson gave up a two-run homer in the ninth to blow his fourth save Tuesday against the Orioles.

The Pirates would be better off with Watson back in his old setup role, but that would probably mean promoting Felipe Rivero and potentially paying him megabucks down the road as an arbitration-eligible closer. They'd rather not go that route, but another blown save from Watson might not leave them with much choice. He's just 10-for-14 right now.
Jun 6 - 11:16 PM

Tony Watson worked a scoreless ninth inning in a non-save situation Sunday versus the Mets.

Watson retired all three batters he faced on just 11 total pitches to ice the Pirates' 11-1 blowout victory at Citi Field. He's made two scoreless, hitless appearances since blowing his third save of the season last Monday against the Diamondbacks.
Jun 4 - 4:09 PM

Tony Watson blew a save but got a win Monday in the Pirates' defeat of the Diamondbacks.

Watson gave up a game-tying two-run shot to Chris Iannetta in the top of the ninth inning, but Andrew McCutchen answered with a walkoff blast in the bottom of the ninth. Watson has now allowed nine earned runs in May and he's blown his last two save opportunities. Felipe Rivero may get a look at closer earlier than anticipated.
May 29 - 7:54 PM

Tony Watson blew his second save of the season Tuesday in Atlanta.

Ender Inciarte reached on a one-out infield single and the scored the game-tying run on a Nick Markakis double. After an intentional walk to Matt Kemp, Matt Adams slashed a walk-off RBI single. Watson has been pretty shaky so far in May, allowing seven runs over nine appearances.
May 24 - 2:05 AM

Tony Watson tallied his 10th save of the year Sunday in the Pirates' 1-0 defeat of the Phillies.

Watson picked up a strikeout in an easy 1-2-3 top of the ninth inning to keep the Bucs' combined shutout intact. The left-hander has a 2.75 ERA and 14/7 K/BB ratio in 19 2/3 innings this season as Pittsburgh's closer.
May 21 - 6:11 PM

Tony Watson tossed a clean ninth inning to earn a save against the Phillies on Saturday.

He was protecting a three-run lead while facing the bottom of the Phillies' lineup and he set them down in order. He carries a 2.89 ERA with 13 strikeouts in 18 2/3 innings. He has two wins, no losses, nine saves and one blown save.
May 20 - 7:37 PM

Tony Watson allowed a solo home run to Arizona's Nick Ahmed on Saturday, but he settled down to secure his eighth save of the season.

Ahmed has allowed an earned run in back-to-back outings, but he is certainly not skating on thin ice. He ranks fourth in the National League with eight saves and he has a sparkling 1.84 ERA and respectable 1.43 WHIP, making him one of the better fantasy closers.
May 13 - 11:42 PM

Tony Watson pitched the final two innings and earned the win as the Pirates beat the Brewers 2-1 in 10 innings on Saturday.

He was brought in to pitch his usual ninth inning with the score tied. He allowed a single to Eric Thames but nothing else. He came back out and pitched a perfect 10th inning with two strikeouts and got credited with a win when the Pirates scored in the bottom of the frame. It was his first win of the season to go with seven saves and a 0.73 ERA in 12 1/3 innings.
May 6 - 10:48 PM

Tony Watson slammed the door on the Yankees in the ninth inning on Sunday, earning his sixth save of the season.

Watson was tasked with protecting a one-run lead and made things interesting by loading the bases with one out, but was able to bear down and strike out Aaron Hicks and get Pete Kozma to bounce into a fielder's choice to end the game. Watson has converted each of his first six save opportunities while posting a 1.13 ERA and 5/5 K/BB ratio in eight innings.
Apr 23 - 4:35 PM

Tony Watson allowed a hit in the ninth inning but closed the door without allowing a run to earn a save against the Braves on Saturday.

He gave up an infield single to Freddie Freeman to lead off the inning. Freeman advanced to second on a fielder's choice, then Watson drilled Nick Markakis with a pitch to bring the winning run to the plate. Watson then got Brandon Phillips to pop out before whiffing Chase d'Arnaud to end the game. It was an adventure but Watson got the job done in the end. He has pitched on back-to-back days and therefore may not be available on Sunday should another save chance arise.
Apr 8 - 11:15 PM

Tony Watson tossed a scoreless ninth inning on Friday versus the Braves to record his first save of the season.

Watson hit Kurt Suzuki with a pitch to lead off the frame, but he managed to escape with a couple groundouts and a lineout to preserve the one-run win. Daniel Hudson and possibly Felipe Rivero loom as potential closing options should Watson slip up, but the lefty should have a good bit of leash right now.
Apr 7 - 5:14 PM

Tony Watson allowed five runs in two-thirds of an inning out of the pen Sunday against the Blue Jays.

Uncharacteristically shaky, Watson has given up eight runs in 4 1/3 innings, though all of those runs have come in two of five outings. The Pirates haven't opened up their closer spot to a competition, but if they did, Daniel Hudson would be running away with the job. We'd prefer Hudson anyway, but Watson figures to be the choice initially.
Mar 19 - 5:38 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Elias Diaz
4Jacob Stallings
1B1Josh Bell
2John Jaso
2B1Josh Harrison
2Max Moroff
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
LF1Gregory Polanco
2Adam Frazier
3Jose Osuna
CF1Starling Marte
RF1Andrew McCutchen
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Jameson Taillon
3Ivan Nova
4Chad Kuhl
5Trevor Williams
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Felipe Rivero
2Juan Nicasio
3Tony Watson
4Daniel Hudson
5Antonio Bastardo
6Jhan Marinez
7Wade LeBlanc
8Josh Lindblom
9Edgar Santana