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Pirates Could Make Lefty Closer Tony Watson Available

The Pittsburgh Pirates are shopping the face of their franchise in Andrew McCutchen and could also be looking to trade more pieces including their lefty closer Tony Watson according to Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Watson, 31, had a 3.06 ERA, 1.064 WHIP, and 15 saves last year for the Pirates in 70 appearances. In 67.2 innings, he allowed only 52 hits, but ten of them...
Via Mets Merized Online
5 days ago

Going deep: Cards stun Pirates with three ninth-inning homer runs

PITTSBURGH -- Matt Carpenter, Randal Grichuk and Jhonny Peralta all homered off closer Tony Watson with two outs in the ninth inning, helping the St. Louis Cardinals rally past the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-7 on Tuesday night.The Cardinals were down to their last strike when Carpenter sent a long drive to right-center to tie it 6-6. Grichuk followed two batters later with a two-run shot...
Via Associated Press
September 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Watson gives up go-ahead homer in Pirates loss

PITTSBURGH (AP) It's been a rough June so far for Tony Watson. After earning his first loss of the season in Miami on Wednesday, Watson gave up four runs in his next appearance on Saturday. On Sunday, he was touched for two more runs and took the loss in his team's 5-4 defeat at the hands of the Los Angeles Angels. Watson (1-2), the Pirates usually reliable set-up man, has now...
Via Associated Press
June 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Bucs pitcher Watson says chasing Cards has him 'somewhat frustrated'

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been on quite run in August and are on pace to win nearly 100 games this season. Still, unless the St. Louis Cardinals stumble in September, it won't be good enough for Pittsburgh to win the NL Central. If the Pirates can't catch the Cards, they know what that means, a one-game, do-or-die playoff to advance to the divisional series. That's a scary proposition...
Via FOX Sports
September 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Watson escapes, Cole wins again

Saturday’s game wasn’t quite as mind-numbingly dull as Friday’s, but it was sort of another snoozer after the Pirates jumped out to a quick lead. Sean O’Sullivan is about as unremarkable of a major league pitcher as you’ll ever see, and while I wouldn’t say he pitched well, the Pirates weren’t exactly hitting him hard. (They scored early largely thanks to some infield...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
June 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 4-27-15 to 5-3-15

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 4/27/15 thru 5/3/15, the 4th week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 regular season.   Weekly result: 1 Win and 5 Losses, 14 Runs Scored and 18 Runs Allowed   Hero of the week: Jung Ho Kang. Kang started just two games but made the biggest offensive impact of any Pirates hitter this week. He provided the club with two game tying...
Via Hidden Vigorish
May 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Sunday Notes: Bucs’ Watson, Rox McMahon, Belle the Beast, much more

Tony Watson was an All-Star last season. If you’re a casual fan and the Pirates aren’t your team, you maybe weren’t aware of that. The 29-year-old left-hander isn’t exactly a household name. Opposing hitters know who he is. Working as a set-up man in the City of Bridges, Watson had a 1.63 ERA in 78 […]
Via Fangraphs
April 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Tony Watson < 500

We are headed into murky territory for the Tony Watson was excellent for the Pirates last year. He struck out a ton of hitters, he had a microscopic ERA, and he did most of his work in the seventh inning or later in close games. The Pirates had bullpen issues last year, but those issues mostly existed in getting the game to Tony Watson and Mark Melancon. On the occasions that the...
February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

The Pirates are the best example of the argument against relievers as All-Stars

When writing about the Pirates’ three All-Stars last night, I mostly wanted to focus on Josh Harrison, since I figured Harrison would be one of the more controversial choices (as he should have been) for the NL team. I briefly laid out how dominant Tony Watson’s been in the last calendar year or so and left it at that, but I almost completely glossed over the larger question...
July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen elected All-Star starter, Josh Harrison and Tony Watson will join him in Minneapolis

.@jhay_da_man will join Cutch and Tony Watson on the NL All-Star team! #ASG — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) July 6, 2014
July 06, 2014  |  Discuss

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