The Nationals shored up their pen by trading for Mark Melancon. The Pirates are chasing a wild card with an above average pen -- even without him.
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Hernan Perez drove in three runs with a two-run homer and an RBI single, lifting the Brewers over the Pirates 5-3 Saturday night after Pittsburgh dealt closer Mark Melancon to Washington.
Mark Melancon ramatically increased the use of his cutter with the Pirates. He became one of the game's top relievers and a target of the Nationals.
Lineup: Pirates (52-49) at Brewers (45-56)
- 1. David Freese, 1B (R)
- 2. Gregory Polanco, RF (L)
- 3. Andrew McCutchen, CF (R)
- 4. Starling Marte, LF (R)
- 5. Jung Ho Kang, 3B (R)
- 6. Francisco Cervelli, C (R)
- 7. Josh Harrison, 2B (R)
- 8. Jordy Mercer, SS (R)
- 9. Jameson Taillon, RHP
By landing hard-throwing lefty Felipe Rivero and a prospect, the Pirates did a good job of converting their closer into present and future value.
Eric Karabell ESPN Senior Writer
Nationals upgrade closer with Mark Melancon, but real statistical winner is Tony Watson. Another lefty with saves! Wonder how the No. 3 active saves guy feels about this trade?
Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer
Nationals didn't want to pay the price of any of their top prospect pitchers to solve their desperate closer need and accomplished that today when they landed the Pirates Mark Melancon in exchange for lefty reliever Felipe Rivero and minor league left-handed pitcher Taylor Hearn. The Nats had Davis, Miller, Chapman all ahead of Melancon on their target list but didn't like the exorbitant asking price. Melancon a 3-time all star including last 2 yrs has 1.51 ERA 0.96 whip. Cheap price to pay considering present sellers market.
Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer
The Nationals had to find a closer. They found one in Pittsburgh. Get Mark Melancon for LHP Felipe Rivero and LHP Taylor Hearn. Nationals give up two good arms but hold onto Lucas Giolito, Trea Turner & Reynaldo Looez
The Washington Nationals acquired All-Star closer Mark Melancon in a trade Saturday with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Junior Guerra limited Pittsburgh to four hits over 8 2/3 strong innings, Chris Carter hit a two-run home run and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pirates 3-1 on Friday night.
The Indians, Giants and Nationals are among the teams reportedly interested in Pirates closer Mark Melancon.
Expert picks: Melancon a dark horse for trade?
Two of five ESPN baseball experts polled see Pirates closer Mark Melancon as the biggest surprise player to be dealt before the deadline. Trade deadline predictions (Insider)
Here come the Pittsburgh Pirates
If Gerrit Cole, who pitched a gem Wednesday, can get on a roll, Andrew McCutchen, who homered and drove in four runs, can get on a roll and if the bullpen remains on its roll ... well, the Bucs are just 2½ back in the wild-card race. And their upcoming 12 games are against cellar-dwellers. Five things we learned Wednesday
Pair of Pirates each drive in four
Both Andrew McCutchen and Jung Ho Kang drove in four runs for the Bucs on Wednesday. It's the first time the Pirates had multiple players with at least four RBIs in the same game since Ryan Doumit (four) and Adam LaRoche (five) each did it on Sept. 17, 2008, the Elias Sports Bureau reports.
Wednesday's longest home runs
Yoenis Cespedes' nine-pitch showdown against Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright in the seventh inning ended in a 447-foot homer that ranked as the day's longest. Meanwhile, Giancarlo Stanton had yet another big blast.
Gerrit Cole pitched a three-hitter for his first career complete game and Andrew McCutchen had a three-run home run among his three hits as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Seattle Mariners, 10-1.
With a relatively weak market for affordable closers, it might make sense for the Pirates to see what they could get in a deal for Mark Melancon.
For Jeremy Hellickson, the Phillies want a player who "isn't your best prospect, but would fit somewhere in your top five," reports Jayson Stark.
King Felix didn't cheat Francisco Liriano
Liriano had a rough day on the mound Tuesday, but he was able to make the most of his one at-bat by launching a 425-foot homer off Mariners ace Felix Hernandez. The blast is the eighth by a pitcher to reach that distance since 2009, per ESPN's Home Run Tracker.
Felix Hernandez settled down after a shaky start and picked up his first victory in more than two months when the Seattle Mariners topped the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-4 on Tuesday night.
Small chance Pirates trade Meadows
The Pirates are in the wild-card hunt, but they'll likely play it conservatively at the deadline. In other words, guys such as Austin Meadows, Josh Bell, Harold Ramirez and Reese McGuire aren't going anywhere, David Schoenfield writes. Untouchable players for all 30 teams
What does future hold for McCutchen?
It's largely been a season to forget for Andrew McCutchen, but he can still bounce back as a productive hitter and play for a long time. That said, ZiPS has his projected career WAR in line with that of a Hall of Famer's #MLBRank: Forecasting the future
Pirates suffer setback in ESPN rankings
The Bucs remain in the thick of the wild-card battle. They've been dealt another blow, however, as Tyler Glasnow left his second career start after the third inning with right shoulder discomfort and landed on the disabled list. Week 16 Power Rankings
Pirates @ Brewers
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