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Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 6-15-15 to 6-21-15

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 6/15/15 thru 6/21/15, the 11th week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 regular season.   Weekly result: 4 Wins and 3 Losses, 23 Runs Scored and 23 Runs Allowed.   Hero of the week: This was a weird week to find a hero and a zero. No one player really stood out – for good or bad. Jung Ho Kang did knock in 5 runs and blasted a...
Via Hidden Vigorish
7 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
10 days ago  |  Discuss

College coach believes Pirates made right selection in first round

The Pirates used their first round pick in the MLB Draft on University of Arizona shortstop Kyle Newman. Newman's college coach, Andy Lopez, also happens to be close to Pirates closer Mark Melancon and the two were able to catch up earlier this week with the conversation including Newman at some points. "He's like you: great makeup and a quality, quality human being," Lopez...
Via Fox Sports
17 days ago  |  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...
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates' Melancon has turned a corner

After a rough start to the season, Pittsburgh Pirates closer Mark Melancon has found his rhythm. "Melancon has made 10 straight scoreless appearances (10 1⁄3 innings) and has been scored on just once in his last 19 outings," as the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review notes. When Melancon got off to a rough start there were questions about his velocity and many wondered if he should...
Via Fox Sports
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Closer Report, Week 9: You can Spell Melancon Without a K

For a few days it's been all quiet on the closer front.  Usually in the lede, I talk about a change in regime and the pluses/minuses and my opinion on it.  There hasn't been one for two whole weeks...  It's crazy.  MLB is putting me outta business in the jibing about fantasy closers market.  Where does the unemployment line start?  I am only half kidding, and I'm also...
Via Razzball
24 days ago  |  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

Player Profile #84: Mark Melancon | RP | PIT

Mark Melancon is finally getting his due as a top fantasy closer, this is despite three very solid seasons out of his last four. Bouncing around from team to team, three over his last four years to be exact, hasn’t been his faul. Neither is still playing out his rookie contract; each team that’s controlled him as traded him. Except for the Pirates, that is, who just agreed to...
Via Baseball Professor
February 03, 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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