Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:37:22 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Mark Melancon will remain the team's closer, with RPs Joakim Soria and Tony Watson serving as setup men.
Fantasy Tip: Melancon owners have nothing to fear as long as he continues to be successful in the closer role. He's earned plenty of rope this season, so it'd likely take a lot for the Pirates to bump him out of the role. Soria's fantasy value obviously takes a big hit. There's not much reason to hold onto him if he's not closing games.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:51:26 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates closer Mark Melancon is expected to remain the closer, following the acquisition of RP Joakim Soria from the Detroit Tigers Thursday, July 30. Soria and RP Tony Watson will serve as a setup duo.
Fantasy Tip: Melancon owns a measly 1.32 ERA, but he also a miniscule strikeout rate of just 6.23. Still, Melancon has racked up 32 saves for the season, and he'll likely continue to receive the majority of save opportunities. Soria owners should move on once an official decision is made by the Pirates.
Wed, 03 Jun 2015 11:14:53 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Mark Melancon's status for the game Wednesday, June 3, is being described as "wait-and-see" by manager Clint Hurdle. RP Tony Watson also will not be available against the San Francisco Giants.
Fantasy Tip: Melancon has saved three of the team's last four games, including pitching on back-to-back nights the past two days. If a save situation arises today and Melancon doesn't pitch, Jared Hughes could be the option in the ninth for Hurdle. Your friendly public service announcement: Nothing new to see here. Carry on.
Sat, 17 Jan 2015 12:18:02 -0800
The Pittsburgh Pirates have avoided arbitration with RP Tony Watson by agreeing with him on a one-year contract worth $1.75 million.
Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:46:33 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates RPs Tony Watson and Justin Wilson will be unavailable against the Washington Nationals Sunday, Aug. 17.
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:59:07 -0700
The Pittsburgh Pirates are mostly looking for relievers who can pitch in the seventh inning or earlier, as the team is content with RP Tony Watson in the eighth and CL Mark Melancon in the ninth.
Sun, 06 Jul 2014 17:38:58 -0700
Los Angeles Dodgers SPs Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw, Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto and RP Aroldis Chapman, St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright and RP Pat Neshek, Atlanta Braves SP Julio Teheran and RP Craig Kimbrel, San Francisco Giants SP Madison Bumgarner, Milwaukee Brewers RP Francisco Rodriguez, San Diego Padres SP Tyson Ross, Pittsburgh Pirates RP Tony Watson and Washington Nationals SP Jordan Zimmermann have been named as the pitchers for the National League in the 2014 All-Star Game. Oakland Athletics SP Jeff Samardzija was named to the team as a representative of the Chicago Cubs, but he was traded this weekend. Samardzija will be inactive for the game.
Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:52:54 -0700
The Pittsburgh Pirates have removed RP Jason Grilli from the closer's role. RP Mark Melancon will see the bulk of the save opportunities now, and RP Tony Watson could also work the ninth inning on occasion.
Fantasy Tip: If Melancon is available in your leagues, snatch him up immediately. Watson is worth adding to your roster in cavernous mixed and NL-only leagues. It's unclear if Grilli has a shot to win the job back, so don't drop him just yet. In the meantime, you should considering benching him.
Fri, 23 May 2014 13:07:46 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates RPs Mark Melancon and Tony Watson will be held out of action Friday, May 23, meaning RP Bryan Morris will be the first option to close out the game in the ninth, if needed.
Fantasy Tip: Clint Hurdle said he will avoid using Jason Grilli (oblique) tonight after he was just activated from the DL.
Fri, 13 Sep 2013 08:36:18 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Jason Grilli will work in middle relief for the time being as he returns from his forearm injury. RP Mark Melancon remains as the team's closer, with RPs Tony Watson and Kyle Farnsworth serving as setup men.