RP - SF
Tony Watson was named as one of the Giants closing options by manager Gabe Kapler in an interview earlier this week.
This is not a surprising piece of news, as Watson seemed slated for a late-inning role back in the spring prior to the shutdown. The 35-year-old southpaw is the Giants most experienced bullpen asset and has been incredibly reliable throughout his nine big-league seasons to date. Watson has 30 career saves and a nice 2.81 ERA over more than 600 MLB relief appearances. Kapler also mentioned right-hander Tyler Rogers as an option to close out games.
Tony Watson is the favorite the begin the year as the Giants' closer.
Watson has not yet been formally named the team's closer, though he's embracing the role as leader of the Giants' young bullpen. Watson has 30 career saves, making him the most accomplished reliever on the roster. Shaun Anderson was believed to be another candidate to close, but he is being stretched out to accommodate a starter's workload this spring. Watson is not, at this point, an interesting fantasy option at reliever, due to the lack of stability in his role and the predicted weakness of the Giants.
Giants manager Gabe Kapler says the team will use a closer-by-committee approach to start the season.
This is mostly out of necessity after the organization let Will Smith walk as a free agent. Tony Watson is the team's most experienced option. However, as a lefty he might be more valuable in a situation role. Shaun Anderson and Tyler Rogers are other possibilities to see save chances. This is probably a situation to avoid for fantasy purposes.
Tony Watson allowed four runs on three hits in the eighth inning to give the Mets the lead and eventual win. This was his first loss since July 25.
Watson has continued to have a good season and helps fantasy owners with holds. This was just one of those outings. He is still a fantasy option if you need holds.
Tony Watson only pitched 2/3 of an inning Sunday against the Diamondbacks but that was enough to record his 24th hold of the season.
If your fantasy league has a holds category then Watson has been one of the best pitchers for that category this season. He has only allowed one run since the All-Star break. He is a big piece in the Giants bullpen and a fantasy option.