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A Realistic View of Mark Melancon’s “Struggles” as the Closer

A Realistic View of Mark Melancon’s “Struggles” as the Closer

Mark Melancon gave up runs last night, proving he's human. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

The playoff race brings out strange emotions. One of those emotions is the tendency to magnify a bad outing into something more than just a bad outing. It's normal to forget the good performances and remember the bad performances. But when it comes to late September in a close playoff race, those bad performances get elevated into something more than just one bad outing.

Last night the reaction I received on Twitter was surprising following Mark Melancon blowing the save. Here was the situation:

**Charlie Morton gave up one run in eight innings and was at 99 pitches. He had only gone more than 99 pitches twice this year, topping out at 104. Keep in mind that he's returning from Tommy John surger...

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