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MARK MELANCON RUMORS

Game 99: Pirates 8 Twins 7

It’s not often that a team can get away with a win in a game where their starting pitcher had nothing and one of their best relievers had even less than that, but the Pirate offense and Mark Melancon managed to pull off that feat exactly tonight. I suppose 99 games into the season is a little late to still be saying, “this is the sort of game that I thought the Pirates could...
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6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 7-20-15 to 7-26-15

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 7/20/15 thru 7/26/15, the 16th week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 regular season.   Weekly result: 4 Wins and 3 Losses, 32 Runs Scored and 33 Runs Allowed.   Hero of the week: Jung Ho Kang. Kang recorded multiple hits in 5 straight games this week. He was 11 for 28 (a .423 batting average) with 4 doubles and 5 runs scored...
Via Hidden Vigorish
1 day ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Saves leader Melancon is key to Pirates' hopes, MLB's mission

It's Ambassador Melancon to you. It has a nice right to it. No, Pittsburgh Pirates closer Mark Melancon doesn't moonlight as a U.S. Ambassador, but it is an official role he assumes for Major League Baseball. The major's saves leader with 30 entering Wednesday's games has literally spanned the globe during offseasons to teach the game of baseball.  “I’ve got to travel to New...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Four All-Stars in Four Days: Mark Melancon’s unique consistency

The All-Star Break is four days long. The Pirates have four All-Stars. This is a meaningless coincidence, but I have started series on far flimsier grounds. Welcome to Four All-Stars in Four Days. When I was a kid that devoured Pirate lore like a hung-over Pac-Man in a maze full of bacon pellets, there was always one stat line that stood out to me above almost any other one. It was...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Holt And Melancon Connect Again As All-Stars

Brock Holt (FenwayNation Photo)They met briefly when the Red Sox played the Pirates last year, but Brock Holt and Mark Melancon are really connecting now as All-Stars. The two got together to discuss that 'day-after-Christmas' 2012 trade that put them in the positions they are now. Holt came to The Carmine Hose along with Joel Hanrahan in exchange for Ivan De Jesus, Melancon, Stolmy...
Via FenwayNation
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates' Melancon savoring All-Star experience

The Pirates' Mark Melancon is at his second All-Star game, but seems to be enjoying it like it's his first.Melancon is cherishing every moment of the experience -- and doing it alongside his family.The reliever also had time to drop by and say hi to the broadcasters.And show off his special talent.Photo Credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
Via Fox Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates Still Sit 5 Games Back Despite 7 Game Win Streak

Mark Melancon #35 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches for a save in the 9th inning against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on June 17, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Pirates defeated the White Sox 3-2. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) The Pittsburgh Pirates are a win shy of matching the longest winning streaks in the MLB this season. The New York Mets and the Toronto...
Via The Sports Journal
June 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Mark Melancon looks better, but where are the strikeouts?

If you just go by traditional stats, Mark Melancon’s been fine since his only blown save on April 21st. He’s pitched in 22 games since then, throwing 22 1/3 innings. He’s only allowed two runs in that span, he’s converted all 17 save opportunities he’s been given, and nothing he’s done in those 22 games has contributed to a Pirate loss. It’s hard for any relief pitcher...
Via WHYGAVS?
June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

On the impending Mark Melancon crisis

You, as a Pirate fan, have almost certainly seen some of the things being written about Mark Melancon’s alarmingly decreased velocity to open the 2015 season. I’m a little behind on this one (I apologize that I’m just getting to this now, I’m awfully crunched for time at the moment between TAing and trying to not be a grad student anymore), but it’s pretty easy to display...
Via WHYGAVS?
April 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Mark Melancon is the rock of the Pirates pitching staff

The Pirates are going to the playoffs for the second consecutive year. We know their offense is led by defending MVP and a contender to repeat in Andrew McCutchen, but who has been the best pitcher in Pittsburgh this season? The answer is, somewhat surprisingly, Mark Melancon. Sent away from Boston after an abysmal 45 innings, the Pirates have found absolute gold in Melancon over...
Via The Outside Corner
September 24, 2014  |  Discuss
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