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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 put out a fire in the ninth inning, earning his 40th save in Monday's 5-2 win against the Marlins.
Antonio Bastardo started the inning, but allowed back-to-back singles to Marcell Ozuna and Casey McGehee to put runners on first and third. Melancon entered and allowed a run to score on a ground out, but got Adeiny Hechavarria to hit into a game-ending 4-6-3 double play. Business as usual for Melancon, who's now 40-for-42 in save situations with a 1.50 ERA and a 44/12 K/BB ratio in 60 innings. Aug 24 - 11:22 PM

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Mark Melancon picked up his league-leading 39th save on Sunday, working a scoreless ninth inning to protect a three-run lead against the Giants.

Melancon set down the Giants in order, picking up a strikeout in the process. The 30-year-old right-hander has been unbelievable in his first full season as the Pirates closer, compiling a 1.53 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 44/12 K/BB ratio across 59 innings.
Aug 23 - 11:53 PM

Mark Melancon helped the Pirates defeat the Diamondbacks 4-1 on Wednesday, escaping ninth inning trouble for his 38th save.

Antonio Bastardo started the inning, but allowed a bunt single and a walk before manager Clint Hurdle turned to Melancon. The closer allowed an RBI single to Paul Goldschmidt to make it a 4-1 game, but struck out A.J. Pollock, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and David Peralta consecutively to end the game. Melancon is now 38-for-40 in save chances with a 1.58 ERA and a 42/12 K/BB ratio in 57 innings.
Aug 19 - 10:07 PM

Mark Melancon allowed two unearned runs in the ninth inning, blowing the save, but the Pirates still won in 15 innings against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

Ender Inciarte reached base on a fielding error by Jung-Ho Kang to open the ninth inning. Melancon then got two quick outs, but a single followed by another fielding error by Sean Rodriguez allowed two runs to score to knot the game at 8-8. Hard to blame Melancon for that, but he gets a blown save nevertheless. It's his first blown save since April 21. Melancon is 37-for-39 in save situations overall with a 1.61 ERA and a 39/12 K/BB ratio in 56 innings.
Aug 19 - 12:30 AM

Despite allowing a run, Mark Melancon picked up his 36th save of the season in Friday's 3-2, 10-inning win over the Mets.

The Pirates scored twice in the top of the 10th to give Melancon a 3-1 lead and a little wiggle room. Wiggle he did, allowing a lead-off double to Juan Lagares before moving the outfielder to third on a wild pitch. Lagares would score on Curtis Granderson's sacrifice fly. Melancon then recorded the next two outs without issue. He's now a stellar 36-for-37 in save chances while pitching to a 1.67 ERA with a 38/12 K/BB ratio over 54 innings. He might not be your prototypical strikeout closer, but batters are hitting just .220 against him.
Aug 14 - 11:40 PM

Mark Melancon nailed down his 35th save of the season Saturday in the Pirates' 6-5 defeat of the Dodgers.

Melancon gave up a leadoff single to Howie Kendrick and a one-out RBI double to Scott Van Slyke, but he was able to protect the Pirates' two-run lead. Joakim Soria pitched a scoreless seventh inning and Joe Blanton was terrific between innings four and six as the Bucs survived a rough Francisco Liriano start.
Aug 8 - 8:00 PM

Mark Melancon allowed a run but still got his 34th save of the season in Wednesday's 7-5 victory over the Cubs.

Melancon allowed a leadoff single to Starlin Castro and a one-out double to Matt Szczur before Addison Russell brought in a run with a ground out. It's the first earned run the right-hander had allowed since May 11, a span of 34 appearances. He struck out Dexter Fowler to end the game. Melancon has blown only one save in 35 opportunities, sporting a 1.44 ERA with a 35/11 K/BB ratio in 50 innings.
Aug 5 - 10:47 PM

Mark Melancon worked around trouble Friday against the Reds for his major league-leading 33rd save of the season.

It wasn't without some drama, as Melancon allowed two hits and a single in the inning. Really, the save should go to Starling Marte, who threw out Brandon Phillips at home plate for the second out before making a diving catch to end it. Melancon hasn't allowed an earned run in 33 consecutive appearances and owns a stingy 1.29 ERA on the year.
Jul 31 - 10:33 PM

Pirates general manager Neil Huntington confirmed Thursday that Mark Melancon will remain the team's closer.

The acquisition of Joakim Soria on Thursday strengthened an already deep and talented setup corps for the Bucs, but it won't force the All-Star right-hander from his ninth-inning gig. Melancon boasts a stellar 1.32 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and league leading 32 saves on the year.
Jul 30 - 8:33 PM

Mark Melancon earned his major league-leading 32nd save on Sunday, closing out a 3-1 win over the Nationals.

It was a perfect nine-pitch inning in which Melancon got Yunel Escobar to foul out, Clint Robinson to strike out, and Ian Desmond to ground out. Melancon moves to 32-for-33 in save opportunities with a 33/9 K/BB ratio in 46 innings for the second-place Pirates.
Jul 26 - 4:36 PM

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

Melancon managed to work around two hits to finish off the victory. The 30-year-old hasn't allowed an earned run in 30 appearances dating back to May 15. He leads the majors in saves and owns a 1.40 ERA and 0.98 WHIP.
Jul 24 - 10:53 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Pirates are working to acquire a reliever to bolster their bullpen.

The Pirates made a move to upgrade their offense earlier in the day on Thursday when the acquired Aramis Ramirez from the Brewers, and now it appears they are on the hunt for a late-inning arm. With Mark Melancon firmly entrenched in the ninth inning, any available help would join Tony Watson and Jared Hughes in a setup capacity.
Jul 23 - 9:19 PM

Mark Melancon converted his 30th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning, wrapping up Monday's 10-7 victory against the Royals.

Melancon issued a leadoff walk to Eric Hosmer, but induced a ground ball double play from Kendrys Morales before striking out Salvador Perez to finish off the game. The right-hander is 30-for-31 in save chances this year with a 1.43 ERA and a 32/8 K/BB ratio in 44 innings. Melancon is now up to 29 consecutive appearances without allowing an earned run.
Jul 20 - 11:57 PM

Mark Melancon threw a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Cardinals for his major league-leading 29th save of the season.

Melancon allowed a one-out single to Randal Grichuk, but retired the next two batters he faced to finish off the victory. With his velocity now back to his previous level, the 30-year-old hasn't allowed an earned run in his last 27 appearances dating back to May 11.
Jul 10 - 10:50 PM

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

Depth Charts

C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
1B1Pedro Alvarez
2Michael Morse
3Corey Hart
2B1Neil Walker
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Jung Ho Kang
3B1Josh Harrison
2Aramis Ramirez
3Sean Rodriguez
LF1Starling Marte
2Travis Ishikawa
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Gregory Polanco
2Andrew Lambo
Starting Pitcher
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3A.J. Burnett
4Charlie Morton
5J.A. Happ
6Jeff Locke
7Casey Sadler
Relief Pitcher
R1Mark Melancon
2Joakim Soria
3Tony Watson
4Antonio Bastardo
5Jared Hughes
6Arquimedes Caminero
7Rob Scahill
8Joe Blanton
9Deolis Guerra
10Brandon Cumpton