Tag: Mark Melancon

The Pirates Have a Playoff Pitching Staff of Reclamation Projects

The Pittsburgh Pirates wouldn't be here today without their pitching. The team has been successful this year due to pitching and defense making up...

Three Situations the Pirates Bench, Bullpen Could Prove Crucial

Bench play and bullpen performance has had almost zero impact on the Pirates' 2013 postseason. That's because their three scores have gone 6-2, 9-1,...

Bullpen Wars: Why Pirates-Cardinals Could Be Decided in Relief

A five-game playoff series shines a light on every aspect of your team. Stars will shine brighter and flaws will be exposed. In this National...

Who Would Be On Your Playoff Roster?

The playoffs are coming up next week, which starts the discussion of playoff rosters. If you're unfamiliar with the rules for selecting a playoff...

Moneyball – The 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Version

One of the biggest misconceptions about "Moneyball" is that people were led to believe that the Oakland Athletics were the first team to come...

A Marte Partay, a Block, Electric Stuff, But Morneau’s Defense Was...

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a wild finish to tonight's game. It started in the eighth inning when Mark Melancon came on to protect a...

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

The playoff race brings out strange emotions. One of those emotions is the tendency to magnify a bad outing into something more than just...

Morton Electric, McCutchen ‘Clutch’, Pirates Lose 3-2

For an inning, it seemed the ship would be righted. Andrew McCutchen hit a 93 mph get-me-over fastball in a 3-0 count off San...

Liriano Flirts with History, Pirates Win 3-2

Francisco Liriano made it seem like, for the first time since 1965, the Chicago Cubs would go without a hit. But after six innings...

The More Things Stay the Same, the More They Change

A little under a year ago, things weren’t exactly looking up for Neal Huntington and the Pirates’ front office. The team had improved significantly...
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