Mark Melancon To Giants
The Giants signed 31 Year old free agent Mark Melancon on 4 year $62M deal. Mark Melancon is a underrated top 5 closers in the league right now with great numbers. The Nationals traded for Melancon to help their postseason run at the trade deadline, but the Giants got the better prize getting him for four years. Mark Melancon has good consistent numbers; he posted a 0.00 ERA 5 Strikeouts and 2BB in the postseason for the Nationals. His numbers last season was great with a 1.51 ERA 0.96 WHIP 38 SO 9BB 41.2IP 30 saves with the Pirates and 1.82 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, 27 SO, 3 BB, and 17 Saves with the Nationals. His career numbers is 2.60 ERA 444 Games 447 IP, 101BB, 407 Strikeouts, WHIP 1.036, 168 Saves. Giants addressed their issue with the closing role already.
What The Giants Can Expect ?
According to “Brooks Baseball” Mark Melancon has thrown 6,644 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2009 and 2016, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and the MLB Postseason. In 2016, he has relied primarily on his Cutter (92mph) and Curve using a Knuckle Curve grip (82mph), also mixing in a Fourseam Fastball (92mph). He also rarely throws a Splitter (84mph), Sinker (93mph) and Change (86mph).
His cutter results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers’ cutters, has well above average velocity, has some sink and has strong cutting action. His curve has an exceptional bite, is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers’ curves, is much harder than usual and has primarily 12-6 movement. His fourseam fastball has less armside movement than typical, has some natural sinking action and has essentially average velocity.
Unforgettable Bullpen Sorrows Last Year
The Giants was in need for a starting closer since the start of last season, but couldn’t reach a deal or a trade that can land them one. The Giants need of a closer showed it’s significance in the Postseason last year against the World Series Champions. The Giants almost took the Cubs to Game 5 of the NLDS, but it vanished real quickly in the 9th inning. The Giants were three outs away from their 11th consecutive elimination victory, and forcing a decisive Game 5 in their NL Division Series at Wrigley Field. Giant’s manager Bruce Bochy used five relievers in a desperate, six-batter span. Cubs completed their comeback rally against the Giants winning 6-5. Bochy began the ninth with Derek Law, and Kris Bryant singled through an infield shift. Then left-hander Javier Lopez, in possibly his final act as a Giant, walked Anthony Rizzo, Sergio Romo, another impending free agent who threw 32 pitches while giving up a tying home run Monday night, hung a slider that Ben Zobrist lined to right field for a double.With the tying runs in scoring position, Bochy went to left-hander Will Smith and Cubs manager Joe Maddon burned pinch hitter Chris Coghlan for Willson Contreras, whose single up the middle whizzed past the pitcher’s bare hand.
The Giants deepened their Bullpen with this signing and would be a lot of World Series favorites with this signing. The Giants made a good sign and you would see a change as soon as Melancon get a save on his first appearance.