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Mark Melancon | Relief Pitcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (29) / 3/28/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Mark Melancon struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning to pick up the save against the Rockies on Sunday.
Melancon went through the meat of the Rockies order, retiring Josh Rutledge, Corey Dickerson and Nolan Arenado to close out the win. He's now got a 2.17 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 42/6 K/BB ratio over 45 2/3 innings of work. As the unquestioned closer on a Pirates team that should be in a lot of close ballgames the rest of the way, Melancon has plenty of fantasy value these days. Jul 27 - 9:24 PM

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Mark Melancon tallied his 18th save of the season Sunday in the Pirates' 5-3 defeat of the Rockies.

Melancon retired all three Colorado batters that he faced -- fanning one -- in the top of the ninth inning. The right-hander has a fantastic 2.22 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and 40/6 K/BB ratio in 44 2/3 frames this season. Pittsburgh has won its first three games following the All-Star break for the first time since 2004.
Jul 20 - 4:59 PM

Mark Melancon slammed the door on the Rockies on Friday, preserving a two-run advantage and earning his 17th save of the season in the process.

He did allow a leadoff single to start the ninth inning, though no damage came of it. He has been terrific to this point in the season, registering a 2.32 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 38/6 K/BB ratio over 42 2/3 innings. He has now made good on 17 of his 20 save chances on the season, and looks poised to hold the job for the remainder of the season.
Jul 19 - 12:28 AM

Mark Melancon collected his 16th save of the season Saturday in the Pirates' defeat of the Phillies.

Melancon gave up a solo home run to Marlon Byrd, but he managed to finish the game off and protect Pittsburgh's one-run lead. The 29-year-old owns a 2.43 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, and 36/6 K/BB ratio in 40 2/3 innings this season.
Jul 5 - 7:04 PM

Mark Melancon recorded the final out of Sunday's win over the Mets for his 15th save of the season.

Melancon entered with two outs in the ninth to put out a fire started by Jared Hughes. Daniel Murphy singled, extending the Mets' rally, but Melancon was able to get Curtis Granderson to fly out to right to end the game. As the Pirates recently shipped out Jason Grilli to the Angels, Melancon will have the closer's job all to himself until he struggles or Ernesto Frieri shows dominance. Melancon is 15-for-18 in save chances with a 2.33 ERA, a 0.88 WHIP, and a 33/6 K/BB ratio in 38 2/3 innings.
Jun 29 - 4:53 PM

Mark Melancon picked up his 14th save, tossing a scoreless ninth inning in Thursday's win over the Mets.

Melancon entered the night with back-to-back rough outings, but made short work of the Mets, getting a fly out and two ground outs on seven pitches. The right-hander is now 14-for-17 in save chances. Thursday's outing lowered his ERA to 2.41 and his WHIP to 0.83.
Jun 26 - 10:11 PM

Mark Melancon allowed two hits and a run in Sunday's ninth inning, but he limited the damage to earn the save against the Pirates.

Melancon entered and promptly allowed singles to Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro, but he recovered to get the next three outs without allowing another hit. The run scored was the first he's given up since May 30. The right-hander has a 2.04 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 33/6 K/BB ratio over 35 1/3 innings and has a chance to run away with the closer role while Jason Grilli struggles.
Jun 22 - 8:28 PM

Mark Melancon earned his 11th save of the season Saturday in the Pirates' defeat of the Cubs.

It was his first save since officially taking over as the Pirates' closer on Friday. He owns a dominant 1.83 ERA and 0.76 WHIP in 34 1/3 innings this season, and is an obvious must-own in all mixed fantasy leagues.
Jun 22 - 12:20 AM

Mark Melancon will take over as the Pirates' primary closer.

Jason Grilli has been booted from the role, though manager Clint Hurdle has said he intends for it to be a temporary demotion. Melancon boasts a 1.55 ERA over the last two seasons with the Pirates and has filled in a couple times while Grilli was on the DL. He should be a fine fantasy option in the ninth inning. Tony Watson could also see the occasional save chance when matchups dictate it or Melancon needs a breather.
Jun 20 - 2:06 PM

Mark Melancon earned his 10th save of 2014 in the Pirates' 5-3 win over the Mets on Monday.

Melancon served up a leadoff homer to Lucas Duda in the bottom of the ninth inning but retired the next three batters he faced -- two via strikeout. The right-hander has been a dominant force in the Pittsburgh bullpen since the start of the 2013 season and may keep getting save opportunities until Jason Grilli (oblique) fully settles back in.
May 26 - 5:03 PM

Mark Melancon recorded his ninth save of the season Saturday in the Pirates' 3-2 defeat of the Nationals.

Bucs closer Jason Grilli was given the night off after earning a save in his return from the disabled list on Friday. Melancon has been flat-out dominant since joining the Pirates last season, but he's expected to be in a setup role going forward.
May 24 - 10:29 PM

Mark Melancon worked around a pair of ninth-inning walks to pick up his eighth save in Thursday's win over the Nationals.

Melancon, for the most part, has been automatic since taking over as closer in late April. Thursday's outing was anything but automatic, but he still got the job done, closing out the 3-1 victory. Along with eight saves, Melancon has a 2.05 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP.
May 22 - 10:36 PM

Mark Melancon worked a scoreless ninth to pick up his seventh save of the season in Wednesday's win over the Orioles.

Melancon notched a pair of strikeouts in the effort as well. With Jason Grilli on his way back, the Pirates will have to think long and hard about taking Melancon out of his new ninth-inning role. The right-hander has a 2.14 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, and 14/3 K/BB ratio in 21 innings.
May 21 - 10:56 PM

Mark Melancon took a blown save and a loss after giving up two runs in the ninth Thursday against the Brewers.

Melancon never got an out; after giving up a single to Ryan Braun, he walked back-to-back batters and then surrendered a broken-bat single to Khris Davis that scored two and won the game. The walks were particularly uncharacteristic for Melancon; he had walked just one batter in 19 innings entering the game. He's now 5-for-7 in save chances since replacing the injured Jason Grilli.
May 15 - 4:22 PM

Mark Melancon tossed a scoreless ninth inning to convert his fifth save of the season in Wednesday's win over the Brewers.

Melancon has been great for the Pirates since taking over as the closer when Jason Grilli hit the DL. Since April 24, Melancon has allowed one run over nine innings, converting five of six save opportunities.
May 14 - 11:27 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Chris Stewart
1B1Ike Davis
2Gaby Sanchez
2B1Neil Walker
2Josh Harrison
3Michael Martinez
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Clint Barmes
3B1Pedro Alvarez
2Brent Morel
LF1Starling Marte
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Gregory Polanco
2Travis Snider
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Francisco Liriano
2Gerrit Cole
3Charlie Morton
4Edinson Volquez
5Jeff Locke
6Vance Worley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Ernesto Frieri
3Tony Watson
4Justin Wilson
5Jared Hughes
6Stolmy Pimentel
7Jeanmar Gomez