Star Performer of the Week Sept. 19-25

In a rare seven game week that featured both home and road games the Astros compiled a 3-4 record. No one who played in today’s game will be eligible for this week’s award because that game was such an embarrassment. That leaves a small number of players to choose from. This week’s runner-up is Wesley Wright. I have given Wright a lot of grief this season but he has really put together a nice little run as the left-handed bullpen specialist. Wright came through with three more scoreless appearances during the week.

This week’s award goes to one of Wright’s bullpen mates, Mark Melancon. The Astros closer had three scoreless appearances of his own this week. Melancon picked up a pair of saves and pitched a scoreless inning in yesterday’s 13 inning marathon. Melancon has allowed only one hit in 8 & 1/3 innings this month, chalking up 13 strikeouts along the way. Melancon now has a 7-4 record with 20 saves for the year.

Topics: Houston Astros, Mark Melancon, Wesley Wright

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  • Stroscrow

    Melancon has had a very impressive rookie season. 20 saves is impressive on a team that didn’t break 60, and also is the fact that he pitched 71 plus innings as well. Melancon doesn’t have typical closer stuff, nor do I think he is the long term answer, but since the Astros are on a long road back to being competitive he can probably bridge the gap. On the other hand you never know. Melancon could be the answer. He has a decent fastball, 12-6 hammer hook, and a cutter. The last pitch could develop into a plus pitch. Out of the pitchers that throw a cutter he has the highest velocity on his cutter. His cutter velocity is even faster than one of the greatest closers of all time who makes his living off of that pitch. I wonder if it is just coincide that Melancon came from the same team as that said closer. Hmmmmm….

    Nice job working Wesley Wright’s name in there. He really has had a good year all the way around. I watch alot of Astros AA and AAA games on milb.tv all year, and Wright was impressive all year once he shelved trying to be a sidearm pitcher. Lefty relievers are volatile (see Fernando ABad) but if Mills is still our coach next year (sadly it seems like that may be the case), then we know that he likes having two lefties in the pen. Right now my money is on Escalona and Wright. Xavier Cedeno is another option as well, but he is still relatively young and had a good year as a starter in the system. If the Astros retain him for next year then I would like to see them give him every chance to stick as a starter first since the system is so bare on lefty starters.

  • Stroscrow

    Melancon has had a very impressive rookie season. 20 saves is impressive on a team that didn’t break 60, and also is the fact that he pitched 71 plus innings as well. Melancon doesn’t have typical closer stuff, nor do I think he is the long term answer, but since the Astros are on a long road back to being competitive he can probably bridge the gap. On the other hand you never know. Melancon could be the answer. He has a decent fastball, 12-6 hammer hook, and a cutter. The last pitch could develop into a plus pitch. Out of the pitchers that throw a cutter he has the highest velocity on his cutter. His cutter velocity is even faster than one of the greatest closers of all time who makes his living off of that pitch. I wonder if it is just coincide that Melancon came from the same team as that said closer. Hmmmmm….

    Nice job working Wesley Wright’s name in there. He really has had a good year all the way around. I watch alot of Astros AA and AAA games on milb.tv all year, and Wright was impressive all year once he shelved trying to be a sidearm pitcher. Lefty relievers are volatile (see Fernando ABad) but if Mills is still our coach next year (sadly it seems like that may be the case), then we know that he likes having two lefties in the pen. Right now my money is on Escalona and Wright. Xavier Cedeno is another option as well, but he is still relatively young and had a good year as a starter in the system. If the Astros retain him for next year then I would like to see them give him every chance to stick as a starter first since the system is so bare on lefty starters.

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