Last season, the New York Mets’ bullpen had its up and downs. Most of the team’s relief pitchers had a WHIP over 1.30 and an xFIP over 3.70. The team should look to add more veteran relievers to ensure late-inning success in 2018 and beyond, and if Sandy Alderson is looking for such a pitcher, Tony Watson would be a solid option.
Last season, Watson pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Unfortunately for the Pirates, Watson had many frustrating outings. In 47 games with them, he had a 3.66 ERA and 1.52 his WHIP, and he was dealt to the Dodgers at the trade deadline.
With the Dodgers, Watson turned his crummy season around and started to pitch well like he had in previous seasons. He had a 2.70 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP with the Dodgers. Additionally, Watson he had the highest strike percentage of his career. In September, he was a pest for hitters, who hit just .162 against him as he managed to put up a 0.87 WHIP.
If Watson were to sign with the Mets, ideally the scenery of Citi Field could help him. For what it’s worth, he’s pitched well in eight games at the ballpark with a 0.63 WHIP. Additionally, Watson has posted excellent career numbers against divisional foes, the Philadelphia Phillies and the Miami Marlins.