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Mark Melancon | Relief Pitcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (30) / 3/28/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Mark Melancon pitched another scoreless ninth inning, earning his 28th save as the Pirates escaped with a 3-2 victory against the Padres on Tuesday.
We're coming up on two months since Melancon last allowed an earned run. The Padres mounted a bit of a threat when Melvin Upton, Jr. singled with one out, but Melancon got Clint Barmes to line out and Yangervis Solarte to strike out to end the contest. The right-hander has been as reliable as they come, currently 28-for-29 in save opportunities with a 1.54 ERA and a 29/8 K/BB ratio in 41 innings. Jul 7 - 11:54 PM

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Mark Melancon carved through the White Sox in 1-2-3 fashion for his 22nd save as the Pirates held on for a 3-2 win on Wednesday.

Melancon struck out Avisail Garcia, got Adam LaRoche to ground out, and Alexei Ramirez to hit an infield pop-up to end the game. The right-hander has been successful in all but one of his 23 save chances with a 1.93 ERA and a 17/6 K/BB ratio in 32 2/3 innings. Melancon has been one of the game's best closers despite some early season worries and diminished velocity.
Jun 17 - 10:53 PM

Mark Melancon made short work of the White Sox in the ninth inning, picking up his 21st save as the Pirates earned a 3-0 win on Tuesday.

Melancon got Melky Cabrera to ground out, Avisail Garcia to line out, and Conor Gillaspie to ground out for an easy, eight-pitch ninth inning. The right-hander has been lights out for going on two months now, as he hasn't allowed an earned run since May 11. Melancon is 21-for-22 in save opportunities with a 1.99 ERA and a 16/6 K/BB ratio in 31 2/3 innings.
Jun 16 - 10:19 PM

Mark Melancon notched his 20th save with a clean ninth inning against the Phillies on Saturday.

In a fitting bit of symmetry, Melancon recorded his 20th save to secure starter Gerrit Cole's 10th win. Melancon entered the game holding a 4-3 lead. He induced a pair of ground ball outs before striking out Ben Revere to end the game. This season, he's been a rock solid 20-for-21 in save chances with a 2.05 ERA and 16/6 K/BB ratio over 30 2/3 innings.
Jun 13 - 7:28 PM

Mark Melancon snagged his 19th save of the season on Wednesday as the Pirates took down the Brewers 2-0.

Melancon is now tied with Trevor Rosenthal for the major league lead in saves. The right-hander needed only seven pitches, inducing three consecutive ground outs. He has erased any concern stemming from his early-season struggles as he's now 19-for-20 in save chances with a 2.20 ERA and a 15/5 K/BB ratio over 28 2/3 innings.
Jun 10 - 9:43 PM

Mark Melancon survived a shaky ninth inning Friday against the Braves to notch his 17th save of the season.

Nothing came easy on this night. After entering the bottom of the ninth inning with a three-run lead, Melancon got Juan Uribe to ground out to begin the inning. However, A.J. Pierzynski followed with a single and Todd Cunningham reached on a throwing error from Melancon before Pedro Ciriaco hit an RBI single. Joey Terdoslavich then came up as the tying run, but he hit into a double play to end the game. Melancon still isn't missing many bats, but it hasn't mattered much. He hasn't allowed a run since May 11 and hasn't blown a save since April 21.
Jun 6 - 12:40 AM

Mark Melancon held the Giants at bay with a scoreless ninth inning, grabbing his 15th save in Tuesday's 7-4 win.

Melancon allowed a leadoff single to Hunter Pence, but got a pair of ground outs and a pop-up to close out the game with ease. The right-hander continues to get the job done, having now successfully converted 15 of 16 save chances with a 2.52 ERA and a 13/5 K/BB ratio in 25 innings.
Jun 3 - 1:44 AM

Mark Melancon kept the Giants off the board in the ninth inning, grabbing his 14th save as the Pirates won 4-3 on Monday.

Melancon sandwiched a pair of ground outs with a strikeout of Brandon Crawford in a 12-pitch frame. Though his velocity still isn't where it was last season, it's a couple MPH above his average for April. Melancon has been scored upon just once in his last 17 appearances, and he's perfect in 12 save opportunities with a 2.63 ERA and a 13/5 K/BB ratio in 24 innings.
Jun 2 - 1:04 AM

Mark Melancon picked up his 12th save with a scoreless ninth inning as the Pirates downed the Marlins 5-2 on Wednesday.

Melancon saw the tying run step to the plate with two outs as a result of Jung-Ho Kang's fielding error and an Adeiny Hechavarria single, but he got Ichiro Suzuki to ground out to end the game. Despite early-season struggles and continued low velocity, Melancon has been getting the job done for the Pirates. He has allowed a run just once in his last 15 appearances and is now 12-for-13 in save chances with a 2.86 ERA and an 11/5 K/BB ratio in 22 innings.
May 27 - 3:26 PM

Mark Melancon got a two-out save Friday against the Mets.

Melancon was called on to protect a three-run lead after Gerrit Cole was pulled with two on and one out in the ninth. He retired both of the batters he faced to finish off the win. Melancon's velocity still isn't close to what it was last year, but he's 10-for-11 in save chances and owns a 3.15 ERA over his first 20 appearances.
May 22 - 9:57 PM

Mark Melancon recorded his ninth save of the season in Sunday's win over the Cubs, striking out one and allowing a hit in a scoreless inning of work

Melancon came on in the ninth inning with the Cubs up 3-0. Jorge Soler reached base on a one-out error and Melancon allowed a subsequent single to put runners on first and second, but he put out his own fire and the Cubbies failed to score. Melancon is 9-for-10 in save chances with a 3.44 ERA and an 11/5 K/BB ratio over 18 1/3 innings.
May 17 - 5:54 PM

Mark Melancon managed to pick up his eighth save despite allowing a home run as the Pirates topped the Phillies 4-3 on Monday.

Melancon took the hill in the ninth to protect a two-run lead and immediately served up a leadoff home run to the light-hitting Odubel Herrera. He was otherwise able to carve his way through the bottom of the Phillies' lineup. Melancon is now 8-for-9 in save chances with a 4.11 ERA and a 9/4 K/BB ratio in 15 1/3 innings. Melancon's velocity and peripherals paint the picture of a ticking time bomb, but he was able to rack up eight consecutive scoreless outings until Monday night.
May 11 - 10:40 PM

Mark Melancon tallied his sixth save of the season Saturday in the Pirates' 7-5 defeat of the Cardinals.

Melancon retired all three batters he faced in a perfect ninth inning. He's pitched much better lately after having some major issues in early April and the right-hander should continue to gain more fantasy value as the Pirates begin to play better baseball. Maybe his fastball velocity will improve as temperatures rise. That happens for some pitchers.
May 9 - 9:53 PM

Mark Melancon walked one and allowed a hit in Saturday's contest with the Diamondbacks, but did not allow a run in picking up his fifth save of the season.

It was a less than clean outing for Melancon, though despite the struggles, he still picked up the save for the third straight game. Even with the string of saves, we would stay far, far away from Melancon in mixed leagues. He's allowed six runs in 9 1/3 innings pitched and his diminished velocity doesn't portend things getting much better.
Apr 25 - 11:26 PM

Mark Melancon pitched a flawless ninth in a three-run game for his fourth save against the Diamondbacks.

Melancon will remain quite shaky while dealing with diminished velocity, but the Pirates don't want to make a switch unless they have to. He's helped the cause with easy saves the last two days.
Apr 25 - 12:49 AM

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