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Mark Melancon | Relief Pitcher | #35

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (31) / 3/28/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Arizona
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 9 (0) / NYY
Contract: view contract details

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Mark Melancon worked around a two-out double to throw a scoreless inning and record his 16th save in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks.
Melancon made things interesting with a two-out double to Chris Owings, but he jammed Yasmany Tomas with two strikes and got him to lift a weak fly ball to right field for the final out of the evening. He has 16 saves and a 2.21 ERA in 20 1/3 innings. All is well in Pittsburgh. May 25 - 11:03 PM

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Mark Melancon earned his 15th save of the season Monday in the Pirates' defeat of the Rockies.

Melancon was called on in the top of the ninth inning after Jared Hughes had allowed two baserunners. Melancon gave up a run on a DJ LeMahieu sacrifice fly, but that run was charged to Hughes and the Pittsburgh closer induced a game-ending flyout from Ryan Raburn moments later. Melancon has a 2.33 ERA in 19 1/3 innings this season, and he's 15-for-16 in save opportunities.
May 23 - 4:02 PM

Mark Melancon fired a scoreless ninth inning against the Rockies on Friday for his 14th save.

Holding a one-run lead, Melancon surrendered a one-out single to DJ LeMahieu before Daniel Descalso singled with two outs, but he survived after Charlie Blackmon lined out to left field to end it. He’s now 14-for-15 in save chances this year to go along with a 2.50 ERA and 13/4 K/BB ratio in 18 innings.
May 20 - 10:18 PM

Mark Melancon nailed down his 13th save of the season with a scoreless frame in Tuesday's win over the Braves.

Daniel Castro reached against Melancon on a two-out single, but the closer got Jeff Francoeur to ground into a fielder's choice to preserve the three-run victory. It appears Melancon's depressed strikeout rate might be here to stay, but he's still been plenty effective with a 2.65 ERA and 13 saves in 14 chances.
May 17 - 11:30 PM

Mark Melancon converted his 12th save of the season with a perfect ninth inning in Monday's win over the Braves.

The closer got a strikeout and a couple groundouts to easily seal the three-run victory. Melancon is striking out fewer batters for the second straight season but holds a 2.81 ERA and 1.13 WHIP and has nailed down 12 of 13 save opportunities.
May 16 - 10:59 PM

Mark Melancon worked around a single and a walk to lock down his 10th save of the year in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Reds.

Melancon issued a lead-off single to Jay Bruce and a (smart) two-out walk to Joey Votto, but otherwise had little trouble in Wednesday's save opportunity. Fantasy owners have bellyached about his velocity decline and his decreased strikeout rate; however, his transformation into a cutter-specialist has resulted in 94 saves since the beginning of 2014. The 31-year-old also owns a 2.57 ERA in 14 innings this year. He's just fine, thanks.
May 11 - 11:54 PM

Mark Melancon picked up his ninth save of the season Sunday in the Pirates' defeat of the Cardinals.

Melancon was brought on in the bottom of the ninth inning after Ryan Vogelsong loaded the bases and induced a game-ending doubleplay from Yadier Molina. Melancon has a cool 2.77 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 11/2 K/BB ratio in 13 innings this season for the Pirates. He's blown only one save opportunity.
May 9 - 7:57 AM

Mark Melancon tossed a scoreless inning Friday against the Cardinals for his eighth save of the season.

Melancon struck out one and worked around a one-out double by Aledmys Diaz to finish off the victory. The 31-year-old was shaky early on last season, but that hasn’t been the case so far this year. He owns a 2.92 ERA and 11/2 K/BB ratio over 12 1/3 innings.
May 7 - 12:40 AM

Mark Melancon got four outs for his fourth save of the year Friday against the Diamondbacks.

Melancon did allow an inherited runner to score after entering in the eighth, but he protected a one-run lead from there. He has a 1.17 ERA in the early going, which is a nice change from last year's rough start.
Apr 23 - 1:13 AM

Mark Melancon earned his third save of the season Monday in the Pirates' defeat of the Tigers.

Melancon allowed a leadoff single to J.D. Martinez in the bottom of the ninth inning, but he quickly erased that threat with a doubleplay lineout and then Jarrod Saltalamacchia struck out swinging. Melancon surrendered a run on Opening Day against the Cardinals, but that was a non-save situation and he has otherwise been sharp.
Apr 11 - 4:37 PM

Mark Melancon delivered a 1-2-3 ninth inning Friday against the Reds for his second save of the season.

Melancon needed just seven pitches to lock down the win. The 31-year-old led the majors with 51 saves last season while posting a 62/14 K/BB ratio over 76 2/3 innings. He might not have the strikeout upside of some of the elite relievers in the game, but he should be a top-tier fantasy closer option once again.
Apr 8 - 10:50 PM

Mark Melancon earned his first save of the season Wednesday night against the Cardinals.

Melancon was called into the game in the top of the ninth inning after Cory Luebke issued a one-out walk to Matt Holliday and a two-out single to Yadier Molina. The veteran closer induced a soft grounder from Kolten Wong to end that threat and preserve the Pirates' season-opening three-game series sweep. Melancon should be a force all year on another good Bucs team.
Apr 6 - 10:35 PM

Mark Melancon allowed one run in a non-save situation Sunday in the Pirates' Opening Day win over the Cardinals.

Melancon began warming up in the bottom of the eighth inning with the Bucs ahead 3-0 and manager Clint Hurdle decided to go ahead and stick with his ninth-inning man even after the Pirates tacked on a fourth run. Melancon gave up a leadoff single to Yadier Molina then hit Kolten Wong with an inside pitch. Two batters later, Matt Carpenter punched a two-out RBI single into shallow right. Melancon finally induced a flyout from Matt Adams to end the threat and net the Bucs a 4-1 Opening Day win.
Apr 3 - 4:24 PM

Pirates and RHP Mark Melancon avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $9.65 million contract.

It's a jump of over $4 million from last year's salary. Melancon put together a 2.23 ERA and 62/14 K/BB ratio over 76 2/3 innings in 2015 and was arbitration-eligible for a final time this offseason.
Jan 15 - 2:37 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman hears from two rival GMs that the Pirates are listening to trade offers for closer Mark Melancon.

It appears to be a trend around the league, as Heyman also hears that Rangers closer Shawn Tolleson and Phillies fireballer Ken Giles are available for the right price. "Everyone's closer is available," said one GM. "People, especially the young GMs, have no fear of trading their closer." With a weak free agent class among relievers, teams could be willing to pay a big price in the trade market. Melancon led the majors with 51 saves this season while posting a 2.23 ERA and 62/14 K/BB ratio over 76 2/3 innings. He made $5.4 million in 2015 and is going into his final year of arbitration. Tony Watson could take over as closer if the Pirates trade him.
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 11:58:00 AM

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