Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 9-8-14 thru 9-14-14

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 9/8/14 thru 9/14/14, the 24th week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 baseball season.   Weekly result: 5 wins and 2 Losses, 37 Runs Scored and 24 Runs Allowed   Hero of the week: Russell Martin. Martin knocked in 9 runs this week. He was 9 for 23 (.391 avg). Among Martin’s hits were his 9th homer of the season and 3 doubles....
Via Hidden Vigorish
1 day ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: The Pirates Once Had a Good Bullpen; How Can They Get Back?

The other day I was going back and looking at a few articles that I wrote from the start of the season, when I ran across this title: The Pirates are Returning a Bullpen That Was One of the Best in Baseball At the time it was true. The bullpen was great last year, and the Pirates were returning the same bullpen this year. But five months after that article was written, it’s clear...
Via Pirates Prospects
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates 5, Cubs 3 // Pirates 5, Cubs 0

Now THAT was a good day. Spectacular pitching, offense getting the job done, and two huge wins to provide a much needed boost in the standings. The Bucs are now just a half game back of the final playoff spot, and while a series win against the Cubs may not make you feel better about what happened in St Louis, it’s still an accomplishment. The Pirates have now won 4 of their last...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates win yesterday’s game, go for a semi-sweep in Wrigley

The Pirates won the resumption of yesterday afternoon’s suspended game against the Cubs in dramatic fashion today, taking the series opener in Wrigley by a 5-3 score. Tony Watson and Mark Melancon both pitched two scoreless innings, and Josh Harrison and Tony Sanchez drove in runs in the top of the 11th to provide the margin of victory. John Holdzkom pitched an easy bottom of the...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 8-25-14 thru 8-31-14

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 8/25/14 thru 8/31/14, the 22nd week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 baseball season.   Weekly result: 4 wins and 2 Losses, 17 Runs Scored and 12 Runs Allowed   Hero of the week: Josh Harrison just continues to amaze everyone. He is the spark plug at the top of the order. Harrison had 10 hits in 24 ABs this week including two...
Via Hidden Vigorish
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 133: Pirates 3 Cardinals 1

After two days of ugly bullpen work from the Pirates, this game was pretty much exactly what they needed. Ike Davis hit a looooooong home run in the bottom of the second inning to give the Pirates a 2-1 lead and Andrew McCutchen hit a sac fly in the third after the Cardinals cut the lead in half, then Jeff Locke, Tony Watson, and Mark Melancon cruised through the game’s final six...
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 8-18-14 thru 8-24-14

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 8/18/14 thru 8/24/14, the 21st week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 baseball season.   Weekly result: 3 wins and 3 Losses, 30 Runs Scored and 29 Runs Allowed   Hero of the week: Starling Marte. Marte has been hot all month, but he really turned it on this week. Marte blasted 3 homers, scored 7 runs, and had 10 hits in 23 ABs...
Via Hidden Vigorish
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 8-4-14 thru 8-10-14

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 8/4/14 thru 8/10/14, the 19th week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 baseball season.   Weekly result: 3 wins and 3 Losses, 22 Runs Scored and 22 Runs Allowed   Hero of the week: Gregory Polanco. Polanco stepped up in a big way this week to make up for some of the lost offense missing from the lineup with Andrew McCutchen out...
Via Hidden Vigorish
August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

What Can We Expect from Charlie Morton?

The Pirates are front and center in a playoff run and Charlie Morton has been their most valuable pitcher. Sadly, Charlie Morton has only posted 1.2 wins above replacement. So yes, he may lead the Pirates but he merely leads Mark Melancon by 0.1 wins above replacement and Vance Worley, who has made 14 less starts, by 0.3. Morton’s start yesterday against the Padres was a microcosm...
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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Recent Bullpen Usage and the Need to Bank Wins

Here is the bullpen usage of the Pirates’ primary relievers over the last 14 games: Games Innings Justin Wilson 7 5.1 Jared Hughes 7 6 Ernesto Frieri 6 5.2 Tony Watson 6 7 Jeanmar Gomez 5 4 Mark Melancon 3 2.2   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...
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August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Rumors: Pittsburgh looking for bullpen help

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...
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July 12, 2014  |  Discuss

The trouble with the bullpen

If you want to look at the first two games of this Pirates/Cardinals series with absolutely zero emotion and only with cold logic, the conclusion that you would probably draw is this: the Pirates have continued to play well this week, but a combination of bad luck and a thin bullpen has cost them two games that could have been wins. The Pirates play a lot of close games: three of...
July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals 5, Pirates 4

Ugh. 0 for 17 with RISP. Two walk off homers. Zero Mark Melancon pitches thrown. I hate this series. — Brian McElhinny (@rtjr) July 9, 2014 That tells the story. Once again, the Pirates had plenty of chances to open up this game and didn’t. They went into a tie game in the ninth and once again saved their best remaining reliever for a lead that would never come….because of...
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July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 90: Cardinals 5 Pirates 4

The Cardinals have two walkoff home runs off of Justin Wilson and Ernesto Frieri in a series where Mark Melancon has thrown zero pitches. We sure have evolved an efficient model of bullpen usage here in the era of statistics and sabermetrics. Image credit: CPG Grey, Flickr
July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

The Pirates are the best example of the argument against relievers as All-Stars

When writing about the Pirates’ three All-Stars last night, I mostly wanted to focus on Josh Harrison, since I figured Harrison would be one of the more controversial choices (as he should have been) for the NL team. I briefly laid out how dominant Tony Watson’s been in the last calendar year or so and left it at that, but I almost completely glossed over the larger question...
July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels Trade Ernesto Frieri to Pirates for Jason Grilli

The Los Angeles Angels and Pittsburgh Pirates have swapped "closers." The Angels will send Ernesto Frieri to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for Jason Grilli. Frieri has spend the last 3 seasons with Angels, saving 71 games in 81 chances. His 6.39 ERA this season has blown his Angels career ERA up to 3.80, which was his ERA last season when he saved 37 games. Grilli...
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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Mark Melancon Takes Over As Pirates Closer

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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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Mark Melancon taking over as Pirates closer

getty images Mark Melancon will re-assume the closers role with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Melancon has previously filled in for Jason Grilli over the past two seasons. He will again be doing so this year as Grilli gets a temporary break. In 35 games this season Grilli has a 1.89 ERA and a 0.78 WHIP and already has 10 saves. Grilli temporarily out as #pirates closer. Melancon takes...
June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Fun with MLB auctions

Major League Baseball has an auction happening tonight at A few items caught my eye, so I made a bid or two on a few game-worn jerseys.First, we have Pittsburgh closer Mark Melancon, and his game-worn #35 jersey. The 'current bid' was $400, but I can't go any higher than 45 cents.Next: it's Chris Stewart and his game-worn #19 jersey. I can almost...
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June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 52: Brewers 1 Pirates 0

The Pirates are 29-33 and eight games behind the Brewers. They’re 3-10 against the Brewers this year. In two of the four series they’ve played against them, they won the first game of the series in crushing fashion and then lost all of the rest of the games in the series. In the last three series against the Brewers, they’ve lost four games by one run; that includes the Jason...
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Closer Report: Week 9

There is something to be said about doing your job, and then saying "good job but the regular guy is back, and he's taking your job back."  Mark Melancon filled in swimmingly for the injured Jason Grilli and his line is better than most closers in the F-tier of my rankings.  To his dismay, Grilli is back, and is being eased back into his role.  Is it fair? Probably...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

What’s going on with the bullpen?

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...
May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. New York Yankees – Game 41

I don’t even want to talk about that abortion we witnessed in Milwaukee. I don’t think Mark Melancon is the answer at closer. Give me Tony Watson or give me death. That’s it. That’s all. I hate the Yankees. I hate them for the reasons you do. I hate that we’re gonna have to suffer…
Via This Is Getting Old
May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Series Wrap-Up: Elation to devastation

- UGH! The Pirates were so close to what would have been a really big, meaningful series win at “The House of Horrors” in Milwaukee. Three outs away. If the ninth inning goes as planned on Thursday, the Bucs head to New York with four consecutive series wins, the Brewers monkey off their backs, and a much smaller hole to climb out of with a slightly easier schedule coming up...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
May 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers show resiliency with ninth-inning win

MILWAUKEE -- In a matter of 15 minutes, the Milwaukee Brewers turned another frustrating offensive performance into a thrilling come-from-behind win. A ninth-inning rally against Pirates closer Mark Melancon was capped by Khris Davis' two-run, walk-off single lifting the Brewers to a 4-3 victory and a series win over their division rivals. "I was looking to put the ball...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
May 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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