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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 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. Sep 11 - 10:45 PM

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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.
Sep 10 - 10:39 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.
Aug 30 - 6:57 PM

Mark Melancon tossed a perfect ninth inning Friday against the Reds for his 25th save of the season.

Melancon notched one strikeout in the inning and needed just 12 pitches to finish off the victory. He has five straight scoreless appearances and three saves since his blown save against the Nationals on August 17.
Aug 29 - 10:46 PM

Mark Melancon converted his 24th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning in Wednesday's win over the Cardinals.

Melancon allowed a first-pitch single to Jhonny Peralta to lead off the ninth but then got two lineouts and a flyout to end it. The right-hander has nailed down 24-of-28 save chances this season and holds a 2.11 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 52/9 K/BB ratio over 55 1/3 frames.
Aug 27 - 3:54 PM

Mark Melancon tossed a scoreless ninth inning against the Cardinals to earn his 23rd save on Tuesday.

Melancon issued a walk in the inning, but the Cardinals never really threatened to deprive him of the save. The right-hander struck out one, giving him a 52/9 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 innings, and he owns a 2.15 ERA and 0.92 WHIP overall.
Aug 26 - 10:08 PM

Mark Melancon worked his way out of a ninth-inning jam, picking up his 22nd save in Tuesday's win over the Tigers.

Staked to a two-run lead, Melancon allowed one-out singles to Alex Avila and Nick Castellanos, but was able to get Torii Hunter to fly out and Rajai Davis to ground out to end the ballgame. Melancon continues to do a good job for the Pirates in the ninth inning, having converted 22 of 25 save opportunities with a 2.15 ERA, a 0.89 WHIP, and a 47/7 K/BB ratio.
Aug 12 - 10:36 PM

Mark Melancon struck out the side in the ninth inning Friday against the Padres for his 21st save of the season.

Melancon has now converted each of his last 11 save opportunities. He owns an excellent 2.19 ERA and 47/7 K/BB ratio across 49 1/3 innings this season.
Aug 8 - 10:07 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Chris Stewart
3Tony Sanchez
1B1Pedro Alvarez
2Ike Davis
3Gaby Sanchez
2B1Neil Walker
2Chase d'Arnaud
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Clint Barmes
3B1Josh Harrison
2Brent Morel
LF1Starling Marte
2Jose Tabata
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Travis Snider
2Jose Tabata
3Andrew Lambo
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Francisco Liriano
2Gerrit Cole
3Charlie Morton
4Edinson Volquez
5Jeff Locke
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Justin Wilson
4Jared Hughes
5John Axford
6Jeanmar Gomez
7Brandon Cumpton
8Stolmy Pimentel
9Casey Sadler
10Bobby LaFromboise
11John Holdzkom
12Vance Worley