|2013 Season (CBSSports.com)||47.00||3.00||2.00||7.00||4.02||1.23||43.00||15.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Chi. Cubs|| 3.0||0||0|| 0.00||0||0||4|
|vs LHB|| 11.1||0||0|| 0.79||0||0||10|
|vs RHB|| 12.2||0||0|| 0.71||0||1||15|
|05/21/2013||Mark Melancon, RP PIT||Allen Webster, SP BOS|
|05/21/2013||Aramis Ramirez, 3B MIL|
Joe Mahoney, 1B MIA
Yovani Gallardo, SP MIL
Jhoulys Chacin, SP COL
Jonathan Pettibone, SP PHI
|John Lannan, SP PHI|
Mark Melancon, RP PIT
Tyler Skaggs, SP ARI
Oscar Taveras, CF STL
Juan Uribe, 3B LAD
Julio Teheran, SP ATL
Chad Billingsley, SP LAD
|05/21/2013||Danny Espinosa, 2B WAS|
Domonic Brown, LF PHI
Mark Melancon, RP PIT
|Jimmy Rollins, SS PHI|
Aroldis Chapman, RP CIN
Juan Lagares, RF NYM
|Last 10 Games|
|Mark Melancon making strides for Pirates|
|by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com|
(4/10/13) Mark Melancon has thrown five scoreless inning for the Pirates so far and told MLB.com on Wednesday that he benefited from working with pitching coach Ray Searage and Jim Benedict, a special assistant to general manager Neal Huntington, during the spring.
"I learned more about my delivery and about pitching in general in a month of spring training than I have my whole pro career," Melancon said.
The right-hander is coming off a campaign in which he posted a 6.20 ERA in 41 appearances for the Red Sox.
"He brought awareness to some of the things in my delivery which, honestly, I haven't really yet changed," Melancon said of Benedict. "It's a work in progress, and I'm just glad I'm aware of it, so in the long run I can deal with it and be that much better."
|Mark Melancon continues sharp spring|
|by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com|
(3/28/13) Pirates reliever Mark Melancon recorded yet another scoreless outing Thursday against the Yankees. He allowed one hit and recorded a strikeout.
Melancon has been sharp all spring, as the outing lowered his ERA to a crisp 1.64 in 11 innings. He's allowed just eight hits with eight strikeouts against five walks. If Jason Grilli falters in the closer role this year, expect Melancon to be his successor.
|Melancon learns from struggles|
|(2/17/13) After posting a 2.78 ERA over 71 appearances for the Astros in 2011, Mark Melancon did not adjust well to the American League last season. He was traded to the Red Sox in the offseason and recorded a 6.20 ERA in 41 appearances. Melancon was on the move again this winter and ended up in Pittsburgh. The right-hander told the Beaver County Times he thinks his struggles from a year ago will help him get back on track in 2013. I just didn't pitch well at times last year and then got into a pattern where I was pitching irregularly and had a hard time staying in a rhythm, Melancon said Sunday. It was a good learning experience. Its not a cliché when people say you learn more about yourself during the bad times than in the good."
|Melancon joins Pirates' bullpen|
|by Al Melchior | Data Analyst|
(12/26/12) The Red Sox traded reliever Mark Melancon to the Pirates as part of a six-player trade that was completed on Wednesday. While the Pirates received Melancon, outfielder Jerry Sands, infielder Ivan De Jesus and pitching prospect Stolmy Pimentel, the Red Sox got reliever Joel Hanrahan and second baseman Brock Holt in return. Melancon came over to the Red Sox from the Astros last offseason, and he had a difficult year with Boston, going 0-2 with a 6.20 ERA.
Pirates spoil Garza's strong return from DL, down Cubs
Travis Snider hit a pinch-hit grand slam during a five-run sixth and the Pittsburgh Pirates spoiled a strong return to the mound for Matt Garza with a 5-4 win over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.
Locke, Alvarez homer foil Harrell, help Pirates stay hot
Jeff Locke allowed three hits over seven innings, Pedro Alvarez homered and the Pittsburgh Pirates won for the eighth time in 10 games, 1-0 over the Houston Astros on Sunday.
Astros 4, Pirates 2 (11)
Jason Castro led off the 11th inning with a double and scored the go-ahead run on a close play at the plate as the Astros topped the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2 on Saturday night.
Bullpen Report: Time to hold on a second
Why should holds be considered when evaluating relievers, even for those owners who don't need to address the statistic in their leagues? Nando Di Fino provides a clear explanation in his Bullpen Report.
Pirates have best closer-setup man combination in baseball
The Pirates have the fourth best record in the NL and are undefeated when leading after seven innings thanks to their closer and setup man.
|It's tough to envision a way that 2012 could have been any worse for Mark Melancon. After saving 20 games and posting a 2.78 ERA and 1.22 WHIP for the Astros in 2012, Melancon joined the Red Sox. And after closer Andrew Bailey went down with a hand injury, Melancon looked to have the inside track as the favorite for saves. Then all hell broke loose. Alfredo Aceves and Melancon had a competition to see who could have the more spectacular implosion. Melancon won, giving up 11 runs in two innings (over four appearances) and was demoted to Triple-A. He returned in June and posted a 4.19 ERA the rest of the season -- even getting a save in late August -- a stretch which proved he could still pitch in the majors. A return to the National League -- he was sent to the Pirates in the Joel Hanrahan deal -- not only gets Melancon back to the league in which he had the most success, but also gives him a much clearer path to saves, as only Jason Grilli stands in the way of Melancon closing games. He's worth a late pick in NL-only drafts because of the possible save potential. (Updated 1/2/13)|
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|5/22/13||CHC||7:05 pm||Jeff Samardzija|
|5/23/13||CHC||12:35 pm||Edwin Jackson|
|5/24/13||@ MIL||8:10 pm||Marco Estrada|
|5/25/13||@ MIL||4:10 pm||Mike Fiers|
|5/26/13||@ MIL||2:10 pm||Yovani Gallardo|
|5/27/13||@ DET||1:08 pm||Justin Verlander|
|5/28/13||@ DET||7:08 pm||Rick Porcello|
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