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Hurdle's trust in Melancon is rewarded

Pirates closer Mark Melancon had come under a lot of scrutiny lately not only because of the lack of results, but because his velocity was down as well. While everyone was ready to give up on Melancon, manager Clint Hurdle stuck with his closer and his patience is starting to be rewarded as Melancon notched saves both Thursday and Friday. “You've got to give those men some rope...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

The bullpen isn't as bad as you think

  The Pirates have blown some late leads, but over a 162-game season that is bound to happen. Now that doesn't make the losses any easier to digest, but it is important to maintain perspective throughout the rough patches of a 162-game baseball season. Mark Melancon has struggled, the entirety of the Pirates bullpen has not. However, when the closer struggles, it is a never a good...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 13: Pirates 4 Cubs 3

Well, that was exhausting. With Mark Melancon “unavailable” last night (we’ll see where things go from there), it seemed like the Pirates were in great shape after Rob Scahill got the last out in the sixth inning for Vance Worley. Caminero in the seventh, Hughes in the eighth, Watson in the ninth with a 4-1 lead seemed like a solid enough route, even after Caminero had trouble...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Melancon will remain the closer, despite struggles

Mark Melancon has struggled in the ninth inning, but Clint Hurdle isn't ready to remove him from the closer's role quite yet. “For me it’d be an absolute overreaction, one blown save, to make a switch now,” Hurdle told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Not only is Melancon struggling to get outs, but his velocity has been a topic of discussion recently. The closer hasn't been throwing...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Shark attacked

Melancon’s cutter bottomed out at 86 mph tonight. Sat 87-88. That pitch averaged 91.6 mph last season — Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) April 22, 2015 Hurdle says “no injury” related issues with Melancon. — David Manel (@DavidManel) April 22, 2015 Melancon said he is unaware of continued velocity decline — Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) April 22, 2015 https...
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6 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...
11 days ago  |  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...
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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...
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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

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