All posts tagged "Mark Melancon"

  • Game Recaps
    Pirates Retaliate Against the Reds in the Best Way Possible With a 4-0 Win

    After Monday’s game — which saw Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman throw near Neil Walker’s head in...

  • Game Recaps
    Pirates Locke Down and Shut Out Dodgers 3-0

    Did you see this coming? Did you see Jeff Locke having the National League’s 5th-best ERA in mid-June? If you’re surprised, that’s because Locke’s performance sneaks up on you. The Pirates have needed nine starters to fill four spots because of injuries, poor pitching or in Gerrit Cole’s case, delaying a service...

  • Game Recaps
    Francisco Liriano Pitches Seven Scoreless to Stop Pirates’ Slide

    Francisco Liriano was at his wildest, but the left-hander battled through jams with strikeouts and flyouts to pitch the Pirates to a 2-0 win Friday afternoon in Chicago. The left-hander struck out eight hitters and allowed only two hits en route to the second seven-inning shutout of the Cubs in the last...

  • 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. Neal Huntington became Trader Neal to get a lot of young players in his early years. No, that's not a bad thing! Sure, he left the Pirates'...

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