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Mark Melancon | Relief Pitcher | #43

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 3/28/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Arizona
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 9 (0) / NYY
Contract: view contract details

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Mark Melancon earned his 43rd save of the season Sunday in the Nationals' 10-7 defeat of the Pirates.
A nice bounceback outing from the veteran closer, who blew a save against his former team on Friday night. He worked a 1-2-3 inning Sunday on just 12 pitches, striking out one. Melancon has a 1.76 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, and 61/12 K/BB ratio in 66 1/3 innings this season, and now 13 saves as a member of the Nationals. Sep 25 - 5:52 PM

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Facing his former team for the first time since the July's trade, Mark Melancon blew a save Friday against the Pirates.

It was his first blown save with the Nationals and of course it came against his former team. Melancon gave up the tying run on a double from Sean Rodriguez with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. He bounced back with a scoreless 10th inning, but the Pirates eventually won the game in the 11th.
Sep 24 - 12:34 AM

Mark Melancon struck out the side in a scoreless ninth inning to secure his 41st save in Sunday's win over the Phillies.

Melancon came on for the ninth with the home team clinging to a 3-2 advantage. He fanned Odubel Herrera and Tommy Joseph to start the inning before surrendering a two-out single to Maikel Franco. He proceeded to strike out Cody Asche to end the game. The ace closer is now 41-for-44 in save chances between the Pirates and Nationals. All three of those blown saves came in a Pirates uniform.
Sep 11 - 5:04 PM

Mark Melancon gave up a run by still recorded his 39th save in Tuesday's win over the Braves.

Melancon yielded a leadoff double and then a one-out RBI single to Dansby Swanson, but he got out of it by inducing a game-ending double play. The closer has allowed three runs over the last two days but hasn't blown a save since landing with the Nationals.
Sep 6 - 11:11 PM

Mark Melancon notched his 38th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning Friday versus the Mets.

Melancon gave up a leadoff single to Alejandro De Aza to begin the frame, but he was able to snuff out any attempt at a rally beyond that. The 31-year-old has been a stabilizing force in the back-end of Washington’s bullpen since coming over from the Pirates. He has allowed just one run in 14 2/3 innings while going 8-for-8 in save chances.
Sep 2 - 11:22 PM

Mark Melancon issued a walk but hung on to collect his 37th save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Phillies.

Melancon walked Cesar Hernandez to lead off the ninth inning as he tried to protect a one-run lead, but he quickly rebounded with a strikeout and double play ball. He's a perfect 7-for-7 in save chances and has allowed just one run over 13 2/3 innings since arriving with the Nationals.
Aug 30 - 10:18 PM

Mark Melancon allowed two inherited runners to score and gave up a run of his own but survived the ninth inning to earn his 33rd save against the Braves on Saturday.

He was brought in with two runners on base in a 7-3 game. He gave up an RBI single to Ender Inciarte. Erick Aybar then drove in two more with a double but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple. That brought the Braves to within one run but Melancon was able to retire Freddie Freeman and Matt Kemp to end the game. He still has a sparkling 1.51 ERA despite the shaky outing.
Aug 13 - 10:57 PM

Nationals acquired RHP Mark Melancon from the Pirates for LHP Felipe Rivero and LHP Taylor Hearn.

Though the Nationals missed out in their pursuit of Aroldis Chapman, they managed to land the lockdown closer that they so desperately were seeking on the trade market. Melancon, who is set to hit free agency after this season, owns a minuscule 1.51 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 38/9 K/BB ratio across 41 2/3 innings this season.
Jul 30 - 3:39 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Nationals have agreed to acquire Mark Melancon from the Pirates.

It's a huge get for the Nationals and a major upgrade to their bullpen. Felipe Rivero is one of the players heading to the Pirates in the deal and they are getting an additional prospect as well. With Jonathan Papelbon struggling, Melancon will step right in and provide elite stability in the ninth inning.
Jul 30 - 3:02 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Nationals are focused on acquiring closer Mark Melancon from the Pirates.

There are multiple teams chasing after the Pirates stopper, and he would be an instant upgrade to the struggling Jonathan Papelbon in the Nationals bullpen. Melancon owns a stellar 1.51 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 38/9 K/BB ratio across 41 2/3 innings while converting 30 saves.
Jul 30 - 1:56 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that, in addition to the Nationals, the Indians and Giants have also inquired on Mark Melancon.

The Pirates are fielding offer for their closer even as they're in the Wild Card hunt. Rosenthal says they're looking for a seventh-inning reliever type in addition to a prospect for Melancon.
Jul 29 - 3:10 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Nationals have inquired on Mark Melancon.

Rosenthal adds that there are "multiple teams" pursuing the closer, with SB Nation's Chris Cotillo saying the Mets might be one of them. The Pirates are in the thick of the Wild Card hunt, but it appears they still might consider trading Melancon, who is an impending free agent. Rosenthal notes that the Nats have also inquired on Wade Davis, as they seem likely to acquire a reliever this weekend with Jonathan Papelbon struggling.
Jul 29 - 11:57 AM

Mark Melancon picked up save No. 29 in the Pirates' 7-4 defeat of the Phillies on Saturday.

Melancon racked up two strikeouts in a perfect ninth inning. He is sporting a fantastic 1.55 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and 38/9 K/BB ratio in 40 2/3 innings this season for the Pirates, who are trying to stay within striking distance of a Wild Card spot. They might consider trading their impending free agent closer if things go south.
Jul 23 - 7:51 PM

Mark Melancon pitched a scoreless ninth inning Thursday against the Brewers to earn his 28th save.

Melancon struck out one in the clean inning of work. It was a refreshing turn after the veteran had blown his previous two save chances. Even with the blown saves, Melancon is having another tremendous year, owning a 1.59 ERA and 1.01 WHIP through 39 2/3 innings.
Jul 21 - 10:27 PM

Mark Melancon tallied his 24th save of the season Sunday in the Pirates' 6-3 win over the A's.

Melancon also pitched scoreless frames on Friday and Saturday, helping the Bucs to a big three-game weekend sweep of Oakland. The veteran closer retired all three batters he faced on Sunday -- one via strikeout. He boasts a 1.35 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 28/8 K/BB ratio in 33 1/3 innings this season for a .500 (41-41) Pirates team.
Jul 3 - 7:55 PM

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