There is no reason why Mark Melancon should be handcuffed to the eighth inning. Photo by: David Hague
After today's game, Clint Hurdle announced that he would only be using Jason Grilli and Mark Melancon when the team is ahead. Hurdle didn't use either reliever in the ninth inning, instead turning to Tony Watson for a second inning in a game that was tied 4-4. Watson gave up the eventual winning run, and the Pirates lost 5-4 with their two best relievers on the bench.
I can understand not wanting to over-use your top relievers. Grilli and Melancon have both been worked hard this season. I don't have as much of a problem with not using either guy in the ninth inning. My problem comes in the sixth inning.
Now I know I'm crazy for suggesting this, but the time to use Grilli or Melanc...
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