On Thursday night, MLB Network continued their top ten right now series. Earlier in the night, both Tony Watson and Mark Melancon were named among the best relievers in the Majors. In the second show, Neil Walker was named the fourth best second baseman.
On last year’s show, Walker ranked eighth among all second baseman in baseball. That was coming off a season in which he put...
On Thursday night, MLB Network continued their lists of the top ten players at each position in the Majors. The Pittsburgh Pirates had two representatives on the relief pitchers list, with Tony Watson coming in tenth place and Mark Melancon finished seventh.
The show also has personal lists from Brian Kenny and Dan Plesac, plus recaps from a panel of experts that includes Bill James...
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...
In Japan on Sunday, Mark Melancon pitched a scoreless ninth, finishing off a 6-1 win by the MLB All-Stars. He struck out two batters and all eight pitches he threw went for strikes. Melancon pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Wednesday, allowing one hit. The MLB All-Stars are taking on Japan’s national team and not doing well, losing three of the four games played so far in the...
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...
Here is the bullpen usage of the Pirates’ primary relievers over the last 14 games:
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...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have had their bright spots in their bullpen this year. Mark Melancon and Tony Watson have exceeded expectations so far this year, but the rest of the 'pen has been a bit of a roller-coaster.The Pirates are 48-45 and only 3.5 games up in a four way race for the National League Central. The Milwaukee Brewers are struggling, and the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati...
After making the playoffs last season, there were big time expectations for the Pirates this season. Right now the Pirates are 35-37, and are currently in 4th place in the NL Central. Manger Clint Hurdle has shaken up the teams bullpen. Hurdle removed Jason Grilli as the teams closer, and has given the job to Mark Melancon.#494963387 / gettyimages.comSo far in 2014, the 37 year...
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After yesterday’s Mark Melancon meltdown, I obviously started thinking about the way that the Pirates’ bullpen has seemingly been the biggest obstacle between where they are (borderline out of division contention) and where they could be this year. Every time I started down this road, though, this nagging thought kept coming back to me: by the numbers, the bullpen hasn’t actually...