The 2010 Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen leaves a lot to be desired, but Evan Meek has quietly become a very good set-up man.

His numbers this year are staggering. He’s 3-1 with a 0.78 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP. In addition, his 33:8 strikeout to walk ratio is very impressive.

In a category I call quality appearances, (an appearance of 2/3 of an inning or more, with an ERA below 4.00 and a WHIP below 1.33) he is 19 of 25. That is, 76 percent and most of those that don’t qualify we’re not extremely poor appearances.

In this age of baseball, where managers tend to hold starters to pitch counts and play pitcher shuffle in the late innings, Meek is a hot commodity.

I would love to see the Pirates keep him around, but I believe there is a real good chance they move him prior to the 2010 trade deadline.

If the Pirates do move him, they need to realize the commodity they have and must demand the premium he will bring.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope Huntington and company decide to keep their talent and build a champion.

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