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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
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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

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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

Mark Melancon retired the Cubs in order to pick up his third save of the season in Thursday's win over the Cubs.

Melancon's velocity was still low, but the Cubs were ineffective nevertheless. The right-hander got a flyout, strikeout and then ground out to end it. Melancon got a vote of confidence from manager Clint Hurdle on Thursday, a day after melting down in the ninth inning. However, fantasy owners will want to continue monitoring Melancon's velocity and the bullpen situation in Pittsburgh as the calendar turns to May.
Apr 23 - 3:49 PM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Wednesday that he's sticking with Mark Melancon at closer.

Melancon blew a save in brutal fashion Tuesday night against the Cubs, yielding three runs in the top of the ninth inning with diminished velocity on his cutter. He has surrendered six runs in 6 1/3 innings this season and will be given the night off Wednesday. It might be smart to stash Tony Watson in fantasy leagues, though the Bucs would likely try a committee first if they do eventually abandon Melancon.
Apr 22 - 4:25 PM

Mark Melancon blew the save in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs, serving up three runs in an inning of work.

Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported continued lower velocity for Melancon. His cutter sat in the high 80's after averaging close to 92 MPH last season. The right-hander loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth inning before Starlin Castro plated two with a single to tie the game, and Welington Castillo put the Cubs on top with a ground out. The Pirates, obviously, have to be concerned about Melancon's velocity and may have to consider making a change if his struggles persist. He has allowed six runs with a 4/3 K/BB ratio in 6 1/3 innings so far.
Apr 21 - 10:29 PM

Mark Melancon picked up his first save of the 2015 season, needing just two pitches to record the final out against the Brewers on Friday.

The Pirates began the ninth inning with a four-run advantage, but Antonio Bastardo got himself into a jam before Melancon was called in to put out the fire. He's been shaky in the early going, posting a 6.23 ERA and 1.38 WHIP over his first 4 1/3 innings.
Apr 17 - 10:10 PM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said that while he's not concerned, he will be keeping an eye on Mark Melancon's velocity.

Melancon is averaging just 88.7 mph with his fastball so far this season, which is a notable drop from the 91.6 mph he averaged last year. Pitchers sometimes take a little while before their velocity returns, and obviously that's what the Pirates are hoping will occur here. "We’re going watch and we’re going to communicate," Hurdle said. "Concern is not a word that I’m going to use. Disappointed is not a word I’m going to use."
Apr 15 - 9:59 AM

After coming in with a 5-1 lead, Mark Melancon gave up three runs in the ninth before finishing off the Tigers on Monday.

It wasn't just a "closer pitches badly in non-save situation" thing; Melancon's velocity is well down right now and it cost him, as he gave up two doubles, a homer and a single before escaping the frame with a double play and a strikeout. Melancon, who typically throws 91-94 mph, has been mostly at 89-90 mph through three appearances. He did have a similar blip early last season, so maybe he'll get his velocity back in short order. If not, there could be more rough times ahead. His owners might want to add Tony Watson as insurance just in case.
Apr 13 - 4:48 PM

Pirates and RHP Mark Melancon avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.4 million contract.

It's a large raise for Melancon, who held a 1.90 ERA while recording 33 saves for the Pirates last season. He's been one of the best relievers in the National League the last two years and will serve as Pittsburgh's closer again in 2015.
Jan 16 - 2:53 PM

Mark Melancon retired the side in order in the ninth inning as the Pirates wrapped up a win against the Reds on Friday.

Melancon required just nine pitches to dispatch of the Reds. He's 33-for-37 in save chances with a 1.90 ERA and a 71/11 K/BB ratio on the year.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 10:09:00 PM

Mark Melancon tossed a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Brewers for his 31st save of the season.

It wasn't nearly as tricky as Thursday night, as Melancon needed just eight pitches to set down the Brewers in order. The 29-year-old has converted nine straight save chances and owns a dominant 1.85 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 67/10 K/BB ratio over 68 innings this season.
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 10:43:00 PM

Mark Melancon got into hot water, but escaped the ninth inning without any damage, picking up his 30th save of the season in Thursday's win against the Red Sox.

Melancon hit Allen Craig to lead off the inning, then allowed a single to Daniel Nava. Next, Will Middlebrooks hit a grounder up the third base line and it hit pinch-runner Jemile Weeks, who was ruled out for obstruction. From there, Melancon struck out Jackie Bradley, Jr. and got Christian Vazquez to ground out to end the threat. Quite an interesting way to earn save number 30. Melancon has otherwise been lights out, sporting a 1.88 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and 67/10 K/BB ratio.
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 10:31:00 PM

Mark Melancon was asked to put out a fire in the bottom of the ninth and completed the task, earning his 29th save as the Pirates downed the Phillies on Thursday.

With a 4-0 lead, Jared Hughes put the first two batters he faced on base with a single and a walk, which made it a save situation and Melancon was brought into the ballgame. One of the inherited runners was allowed to score, but Melancon recorded a pair of strikeouts before getting Grady Sizemore to foul out on the third base side to end the game. Melancon is now 29-for-33 in save opportunities with a 3.53 ERA.
Thu, Sep 11, 2014 10:45:00 PM

Mark Melancon breezed through the bottom of the Phillies' batting order in the ninth inning, converting his 28th save as the Pirates won 6-3 on Wednesday.

Pirates pitching set down the last 16 Phillies to step to the plate, with Melancon getting the final three. Melancon has locked down 28 saves in 32 chances with a 2.00 ERA and a 61/10 K/BB ratio.
Wed, Sep 10, 2014 10:39:00 PM

Mark Melancon picked up his 26th save of the season Saturday in the Pirates' 3-2 defeat of the Reds.

Melancon retired all three batters he faced in the top of the ninth inning, one via strikeout. He owns a dominant 2.04 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 54/9 K/BB ratio in 57 1/3 frames this season for the Bucs.
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 06:57:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
1B1Pedro Alvarez
2Corey Hart
2B1Neil Walker
2Sean Rodriguez
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Jung Ho Kang
3Justin Sellers
3B1Josh Harrison
LF1Starling Marte
2Jaff Decker
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Gregory Polanco
2Andrew Lambo
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3A.J. Burnett
4Charlie Morton
5Jeff Locke
6Vance Worley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Antonio Bastardo
4Jared Hughes
5Radhames Liz
6Arquimedes Caminero
7Rob Scahill
8Brandon Cumpton