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Mark Melancon | Relief Pitcher | #35

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (31) / 3/28/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Arizona
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 9 (0) / NYY
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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

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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

Mark Melancon allowed two singles in the ninth inning, but got three strikeouts to close the door on the Athletics and collect his 23rd save on Saturday.

The three strikeouts helped reverse a trend of declining strikeout rates for Melancon. He may not have an elite ability to fan batters but he has an elite 1.39 ERA nonetheless. He has given up only one home run in 32 1/3 innings this year.
Jul 3 - 2:59 AM

Mark Melancon tossed a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Dodgers for his 21st save of the season.

Melancon gave up a leadoff single to Corey Seager, but then induced a double play grounder from Justin Turner before striking out Adrian Gonzalez to end it. The 31-year-old is 21-for-22 in save chances this season to go along with a 1.53 ERA and 23/8 K/BB ratio over 29 1/3 innings. If the Pirates fall out of contention, they figure to get plenty of calls on him leading up to the deadline.
Jun 24 - 10:43 PM

Mark Melancon pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Giants on Monday to earn his 20th save.

It wasn't textbook -- Melancon gave up a leadoff single and a line drive that turned into a double play before getting a flyout to end the game -- but it all looks the same in the scorebook. Melancon now has 20 saves in 21 chances this year, third-most in the National League. He owns a delightful 1.59 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 22/8 K/BB ratio over 28 1/3 innings overall.
Jun 20 - 9:51 PM

Mark Melancon had himself quite the day on Tuesday, striking out all three hitters he faced in the ninth inning to close out the Mets and protect a two-run advantage in the nightcap of their doubleheader.

That after Melancon worked a scoreless ninth inning a few hours earlier to close out Game 1. He has been one of the top ninth-inning performers in the National League again this season, compiling a 1.78 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 20/5 K/BB ratio over 25 1/3 innings while successfully converting 19 of his first 20 save chances.
Jun 7 - 10:16 PM

Mark Melancon earned his 17th save of the season Saturday in the Pirates' defeat of the Angels.

Locke needed just six pitches in a perfect ninth to protect the Pirates' one-run lead. He has a 1.93 ERA in 23 1/3 innings this season and he's blown only one save.
Jun 4 - 7:21 PM

Mark Melancon worked around a two-out double to throw a scoreless inning and record his 16th save in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks.

Melancon made things interesting with a two-out double to Chris Owings, but he jammed Yasmany Tomas with two strikes and got him to lift a weak fly ball to right field for the final out of the evening. He has 16 saves and a 2.21 ERA in 20 1/3 innings. All is well in Pittsburgh.
May 25 - 11:03 PM

Mark Melancon earned his 15th save of the season Monday in the Pirates' defeat of the Rockies.

Melancon was called on in the top of the ninth inning after Jared Hughes had allowed two baserunners. Melancon gave up a run on a DJ LeMahieu sacrifice fly, but that run was charged to Hughes and the Pittsburgh closer induced a game-ending flyout from Ryan Raburn moments later. Melancon has a 2.33 ERA in 19 1/3 innings this season, and he's 15-for-16 in save opportunities.
May 23 - 4:02 PM

Mark Melancon fired a scoreless ninth inning against the Rockies on Friday for his 14th save.

Holding a one-run lead, Melancon surrendered a one-out single to DJ LeMahieu before Daniel Descalso singled with two outs, but he survived after Charlie Blackmon lined out to left field to end it. He’s now 14-for-15 in save chances this year to go along with a 2.50 ERA and 13/4 K/BB ratio in 18 innings.
May 20 - 10:18 PM

Mark Melancon nailed down his 13th save of the season with a scoreless frame in Tuesday's win over the Braves.

Daniel Castro reached against Melancon on a two-out single, but the closer got Jeff Francoeur to ground into a fielder's choice to preserve the three-run victory. It appears Melancon's depressed strikeout rate might be here to stay, but he's still been plenty effective with a 2.65 ERA and 13 saves in 14 chances.
May 17 - 11:30 PM

Mark Melancon converted his 12th save of the season with a perfect ninth inning in Monday's win over the Braves.

The closer got a strikeout and a couple groundouts to easily seal the three-run victory. Melancon is striking out fewer batters for the second straight season but holds a 2.81 ERA and 1.13 WHIP and has nailed down 12 of 13 save opportunities.
May 16 - 10:59 PM

Mark Melancon worked around a single and a walk to lock down his 10th save of the year in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Reds.

Melancon issued a lead-off single to Jay Bruce and a (smart) two-out walk to Joey Votto, but otherwise had little trouble in Wednesday's save opportunity. Fantasy owners have bellyached about his velocity decline and his decreased strikeout rate; however, his transformation into a cutter-specialist has resulted in 94 saves since the beginning of 2014. The 31-year-old also owns a 2.57 ERA in 14 innings this year. He's just fine, thanks.
May 11 - 11:54 PM

Mark Melancon picked up his ninth save of the season Sunday in the Pirates' defeat of the Cardinals.

Melancon was brought on in the bottom of the ninth inning after Ryan Vogelsong loaded the bases and induced a game-ending doubleplay from Yadier Molina. Melancon has a cool 2.77 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 11/2 K/BB ratio in 13 innings this season for the Pirates. He's blown only one save opportunity.
May 9 - 7:57 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Eric Fryer
1B1John Jaso
2B1Josh Harrison
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
3Sean Rodriguez
LF1Starling Marte
2Matt Joyce
CF1Andrew McCutchen
2Adam Frazier
RF1Gregory Polanco
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3Jeff Locke
4Jameson Taillon
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Arquimedes Caminero
4Neftali Feliz
5Jared Hughes
6A.J. Schugel
7Ryan Vogelsong
8Juan Nicasio
9Jon Niese