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Closer Melancon takes first loss as Pirates fall to Rockies

PITTSBURGH (AP) Mark Melancon was philosophical after his first loss of the season. Rookie infielder Christian Adames' first career home run capped a four-run ninth inning as the Rockies rallied to beat Melancon and the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1 on Saturday, ending their eight-game losing streak against Pittsburgh. Adames' two-run shot to straightaway center field came after rookie...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Adames' first homer caps 4-run 9th as Rockies win 4-1

PITTSBURGH (AP) Christian Adames' first career homer capped a four-run ninth inning as the Colorado Rockies rallied to beat closer Mark Melancon and the Pirates 5-1 on Saturday, ending their eight-game losing streak against Pittsburgh. Adames' two-run shot to straightaway center field came after Tony Wolters singled off Melancon (0-1) to snap a 1-1 tie and another run scored on...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Melancon ever-ready for save situations

Shortly after the second inning ended Tuesday night, Pirates physical therapist Kevin "Otis" Fitzgerald approached closer Mark Melancon. Pittsburgh had a nine-run lead. Should Melancon stop his usual stretching routine?
6 days ago

Hurdle trusts Melancon, no matter the situation

Mark Melancon entered the Pirates' series finale against the Cardinals on Sunday with a five-run lead and the bases loaded. He threw two pitches and picked up his ninth save of the season.
15 days ago

Necessary Moves: Mark Melancon, Pittsburgh Pirates

Over the next 30 days, I’ll look at 30 players—one from each team—that I believe should be traded, but more along the lines of a “what if” scenario. Some will seem obvious, just as others will seem nonsensical. Some may also seem desperate, but it’s important to understand that this list is entirely subjective and made up solely of notable names. A player can be deemed...
Via The Sports Post
December 07, 2015  |  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
September 20, 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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