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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
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Recent Bullpen Usage and the Need to Bank Wins

Here is the bullpen usage of the Pirates’ primary relievers over the last 14 games: Games Innings Justin Wilson 7 5.1 Jared Hughes 7 6 Ernesto Frieri 6 5.2 Tony Watson 6 7 Jeanmar Gomez 5 4 Mark Melancon 3 2.2   Last night Clint Hurdle needed his pen to protect a 2-1 lead against the Marlins in the 8th inning. Despite having the previous day off, primary...
Via Hidden Vigorish
August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Is the bullpen fading?

Jason Grilli (Photo courtesy of Gene J. Puskar) The Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen has been clutch all season for the team, but as October approaches the recent struggles of the “Shark Tank” is apparent. In late May, the relievers combined for 9 2/3 shutout innings in a pair of 1-0 extra-inning wins over powerful Detroit in a three-day span. A month later, they combined for 12 two...
September 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Mark Melancon will be Named to All-Star Game

Mark Melancon has been one of the NL’s best relief pitchers in 2013. (Photo by: David Hague) Pirates reliever Mark Melancon will be named to the 2013 MLB All-Star Game as an injury replacement. Major League Baseball’s announcement will come later Sunday after Melancon was chosen by National League manager Bruce Bochy. Melancon owns an NL-reliever-best 0.81 ERA in his first Pittsburgh...
Via Pirates Prospects
July 14, 2013  |  1 Comment

Why I like Mark Melancon

The biggest reason I’m OK with the Joel Hanrahan trade is the inclusion of reliever Mark Melancon. The other three guys are pretty big question marks, although I think Jerry Sands has a good chance of at least being decent in a platoon-ish role. Still, Melancon is just as (if not more) valuable than Hanrahan in my eyes, largely because he’s under team control through 2016 and...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
December 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Beat Farming: Melancon mows down AAA batters

Who has the time to keep up with all of the Sox minor league teams? We'll do all the work to keep you updated with the beat on the farm. Mark Melancon is doing all he can to get that phone call to re-join the Boston Red Sox. Including last night, Melancon has pitched in 6 2/3 innings over 6 appearances, allowing 4 hits, 0...
Via Ted's Army
May 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Beat Farming: Melancon and Thomas prove to be 4-A pitchers

Who has the time to keep up with all of the Sox minor league teams? We'll do all the work to keep you updated with the beat on the farm. Justin Thomas and Mark Melancon couldn't cut it in Boston, but are mowing down batters in AAA. They are just another pair of "4-A" players that need a little more skill to succeed...
Via Ted's Army
May 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Sox send Mark Melancon to Pawtucket

As many speculated this morning, the Red Sox decided to option Mark Melancon to Pawtucket to work on his game in a less pressure-filled environment. The expected-to-be-solid setup man has an ERA just south of 50.00, so it's probably a good idea to take a look at what's going on. In his place comes Junichi Tazawa. Tazawa has been a promising pitcher for years now, but has...
Via Ted's Army
April 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Mark Melancon Swims With Great White Sharks in Southern New Zealand (Video)

Mark Melancon is preparing for his return to the AL East by swimming around in what ocean dwellers may view as a giant chum bucket. The Red Sox pitcher, who was acquired this offseason from Houston, recently spent time swimming with great white sharks in Southern New Zealand. Melancon began his career with the Yankees in 2009, so the 26-year-old knows a few things about pressure...
February 07, 2012  |  Discuss

BoSox acquire Melancon from Astros

The Red Sox, reinforcing their bullpen, acquired right-hander Mark Melancon from the Astros on Wednesday in exchange for infielder Jed Lowrie and right-hander Kyle Wieland, according to a major-league source. The addition of Melancon likely will be only one of multiple additions the Red Sox make to their bullpen. The team is talking to the Athletics about a trade for closer Andrew...
Via Fox Sports
December 14, 2011  |  Discuss
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