All posts tagged "Mark Melancon"

  • First Pitch
    First Pitch: The Common, Yet Wrong Way to Manage a Bullpen

    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...

  • Analysis
    Video: Hurdle Talks Locke, Bullpen; Strasburg More Efficient

    Three videos today from the after the Nationals' 5-4 win against the Pirates at PNC Park. Clint Hurdle's interview is broken up into two parts and I was even able to snag some of Stephen Strasburg's clubhouse interview. I'll have a recap of today's game up this evening but for now enjoy...

  • Game Recaps
    Status Quo for Burnett, Bullpen; Mercer Homers in Pirates Win

    The moments that turned out to be the vital ones for the Pirates in Friday’s 3-1 win against the Washington Nationals pretty much summed up Pittsburgh’s season in a nutshell. With Neil Walker officially being placed on the disabled list, the team had to call Jordy Mercer up from Indianapolis on Friday...

  • First Pitch
    First Pitch: Hanrahan a Recent Example of Why You Sell High on Relievers

    Joel Hanrahan has been removed as the Red Sox closer. Back when the Joel Hanrahan trade happened, there were a lot of complaints that the Pittsburgh Pirates didn't get enough in return and should have held on to Hanrahan until the trade deadline to get a better return. Today, after a rough...

  • Game Recaps
    Pirates Continue Their Late Inning Hitting to Beat St. Louis 5-3

    The Pirates have had a small trend this year with late inning comebacks. They’ve struggled against starting pitchers, but have managed comebacks against opponents bullpens. That appeared once again in the seventh inning of Saturday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Pirates were riding a good start by A.J. Burnett, who...

  • Game Recaps
    Pirates Shut Out Phillies 2-0 as Pitching Continues to Thrive

    If Jeff Locke was pitching to save his spot in the rotation… he is well on his way. Locke put together the best start of his brief Major League career Tuesday night to tack on another outing to a strong run of Pirates’ pitching. After some early hiccups, Locke recorded outs on...

  • Analysis
    A Lot Being Asked of Pirates’ Bullpen

    Consistency has been a problem for the Pirates this season. The offense needed more than a week to find its stride and the starting pitching (outside of A.J. Burnett and Wandy Rodriguez) has been hit and miss. One aspect of Pittsburgh's club that actually has been consistent has been the strong work...

  • Game Recaps
    Pirates Beat Braves 4-2 to Complete Successful Homestand

    The Pittsburgh Pirates getting out to a 10-8 record to start 2013 would be far less impressive if half of those games were against, say, the Marlins, Padres and Astros. Strength of schedule plays a larger part in early-season stats and records than many of us want to recognize. Yes, the Texas...

  • Game Recaps
    Pirates Win Thanks to an Improved McDonald and Strong Lineup Construction

    Tonight wasn’t the type of game you’d normally expect the Pirates to win. It’s not the type of matchup you’d expect any team to win. On one side you had the best team in baseball, with a pitcher who entered the game with 20.1 shutout innings to start the season. On the...

  • Game Recaps
    Bullpen Strong Again in Pirates 3-1 Win Against Reds

    The Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen one again showed why it has been one of the strongest units in Major League Baseball this season on Saturday. The only fireworks came after the game (and during the ninth inning from the inaugural game at Highmark Stadium — home of the Pittsburgh RiverHounds soccer team), as the bullpen...

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