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Closer Melancon quiet exclamation point for Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) The greatest season by a Pittsburgh Pirates reliever began with doubt. Mark Melancon struggled early on, blowing a save against the Chicago Cubs on April 21 while running his ERA to 8.53. Melancon responded by converting his next 35 save opportunities on his way to 51, the most in the majors and the most ever by a Pirate. Melancon did it with a cerebral approach...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Mark Melancon Is Shutting Them Down

Toward the end of April, things weren’t looking so hot for Pirates relief ace Mark Melancon. His velocity was down — way down — and Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was beginning to field questions about Melancon’s job security. Fast forward to September, and it seems like ages ago that we were even discussing this in a serious matter, because Melancon is on the verge of a historic...
Via Fangraphs
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 9-14-15 to 9-20-15

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 9/14/15 thru 9/20/15, the 24th week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 regular season.   Weekly result: 3 Wins and 4 Losses, 23 Runs Scored and 29 Runs Allowed.   Hero of the week: Francisco Liriano. The Pirates needed a big effort to stop the bleeding from what had been a very tough week for the club. Liriano gave them just what...
Via Hidden Vigorish
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Sunday Notes: Melancon, Anthopoulos, Tracking Pitches, more

Mark Melancon has 47 saves this season – a franchise record – and 96 since coming to Pittsburgh three years ago. In 214 games with the Pirates, he has a 1.75 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP. Those numbers must seem unfathomable to Red Sox fans. In 2012, Melancon came out of the Boston bullpen 41 times and put up an ugly 6.20 ERA. Torched in high-leverage situations early on, he subsequently...
Via Fangraphs
19 days 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
July 22, 2015  |  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...
July 14, 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...
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...
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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