All posts tagged "Mark Melancon"

  • Game Recaps
    Pirates Lose Another Extra-Inning Game in Atlanta

    In the 6th inning on Tuesday night, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle had a decision to make. Starting pitcher Jeff Locke had just made his 103rd pitch, and it was lined by Atlanta Braves’ second baseman Dan Uggla into left for a two-out single. With right-handed-hitting B.J. Upton up to bat and Locke...

  • Analysis
    Projecting NL All-Star Rosters: Grilli, Burnett Could Be Only Pirates

    Andrew McCutchen has the 7th-most votes among outfielders, but can he get in as a reserve? (Photo Credit: David Hague) There is only one month left in the fan voting for the 2013 MLB All-Star Game at New York's Citi Field. Today, MLB released updated ballot results for the National League. The...

  • Game Recaps
    Pirates Ride Jones’ River Shot, Superb Bullpen To 5-4 Comeback Win

    When PNC Park was built in 2001 along the North Shore of the Allegheny River, the Pirates erected a sign on the right-field wall to track how many home runs the Bucs would hit into the river on the fly. Twelve years later: 1. After the Pirates (35-22) missed chances to score...

  • First Pitch
    First Pitch: Thoughts on the Bullpen, Mercer, Taillon, Cole, and the Reds

    Thursday is podcast recording day, which means I spent most of my time today writing articles for the site, recording tomorrow’s show, and editing that show. Therefore, rather than a formal article, we’re going to do a Thursday thoughts article again. **Put me down as someone who isn’t concerned with the bullpen...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Hurdle Not Too Worried About Reliever Innings

    The performance of the bullpen has played a role in the the Pirates’ winning ways, especially given the many close games they have won. Pittsburgh’s relievers are ranked 2nd in the National League in ERA, 3rd in strikeout percentage and 4th in FIP. That success has not come without a cost, though,...

  • Game Recaps
    Walker’s Homer Breaks Stalemate, Pirates Beat Tigers 1-0

    Before we get to the game’s pivotal moment, I should praise the work of Clint Hurdle to counteract my usual desire to bury him. Eyebrows were raised when Hurdle removed Jeanmar Gomez with 73 pitches. Gomez had retired the last eight Detroit Tigers hitters, and looked primed to keep working through the...

  • First Pitch
    First Pitch: Like the Pirates Pitching Staff? Thank Neal Huntington.

    Dave Littlefield has not been in the general manager’s office for over five years, but his impact on this Pirates team can still be felt. No, that’s not a bad thing! Sure, he left the Pirates’ minor-league system in shambles despite six straight Top-11 picks, but at least a couple of those...

  • First Pitch
    First Pitch: Runs Tough to Come By in Burnett Starts

    A.J. Burnett has pitched like a staff ace so far in 2013 but does not have the record to show for it. Granted, wins and losses are not good statistics to judge a pitcher’s performance but what is troubling has less to do with Burnett and more to do with the Pirates...

  • Podcast
    P3 Episode 5: Polanco the Top Prospect? Can Pirates Keep Winning? Mark Melancon Interview

    Episode five of The Pirates Prospects Podcast can be downloaded or streamed below. This week’s episode includes analysis from Tom Bragg (@TomBraggSports) and James Santelli (@JamesSantelli) on the Pirates, John Dreker (@JohnDreker) on the draft, an interview with Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Mark Melancon (@Mark_Melancon_), and more. Highlights of the show include: Minor...

  • Game Recaps
    Francisco Liriano Digs Up A Gem In 1-0 Pirates Win

    Slider. Changeup. Slider. Slider. Slider. Slider. Slider. Changeup. Changeup. Slider. Changeup. Slider. Slider. Slider. Changeup. Slider. Slider. Fastball! Slider. Those were the pitches Francisco Liriano threw to get Cubs batters to swing and miss en route to nine strikeouts in the Pirates’ 1-0 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. Liriano gave...

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