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Keeping their cool

The Pirates were able to pull off a sneaky-tough win on Thursday and get out of Miami with three out of four. You may have thought that the Bucs could coast again with Cole on the mound and the Marlins looking as awful as ever, but it’s rarely that easy. Cole did his job, no doubt about that. His last two starts have been exactly what we wanted to see following a bit of a rough...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Marte's gems in 9th save Melancon's scoreless innings streak

Pirates closer Mark Melancon took the hill Friday night sporting a big-league best 32 saves and a nifty streak of 21 consecutive scoreless appearances. But his impressive streak was about to be snapped, or so it looked. With Pittsburgh up a run, Melancon came on to shut down the Cincinnati Reds in the ninth. But Melancon gave up a lead-off single to Brandon Phillips, followed by...
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27 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...
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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

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
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July 14, 2015  |  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...
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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...
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...
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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

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