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|2015 Season (CBSSports.com)||71.00||3.00||4.00||42.00||2.15||0.95||73.00||9.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Arizona|| 2.0||0||0|| 0.00||2||1||0|
|vs LHB|| 3.1||0||0|| 0.00||0||2||2|
|vs RHB|| 6.0||0||0|| 9.00||0||2||3|
|12/24/2014||Jose Fernandez, SP MIA|
Jose Peraza, SS ATL
Chris Coghlan, LF CHC
|Mark Melancon, RP PIT|
|12/23/2014||Khris Davis, LF MIL|
Nolan Arenado, 3B COL
Matt Harvey, SP NYM
|A.J. Pollock, CF ARI|
Michael Morse, 1B MIA
Jon Jay, CF STL
Mark Melancon, RP PIT
|12/23/2014||Mark Melancon, RP PIT|
Matt Harvey, SP NYM
|Jayson Werth, RF WAS|
Robert Stephenson, SP CIN
Sergio Romo, RP SF
Hector Rondon, RP CHC
|Last 7 Games|
Pirates' Mark Melancon unavailable Sunday
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(4/26/15) Pirates closer Mark Melancon is unavailable to pitch Sunday after racking up three saves in the last three days, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Melancon has dealt with some velocity issues this April and owns a 5.79 ERA and 5:4 K:BB ratio in 9 1/3 innings, but he hasn't surrendered a run in any of his three appearances over the last three days. With the closer getting a scheduled break, the team could turn to lefty Tony Watson or righty Jared Hughes in a save opportunity Sunday.
Pirates reliever Mark Melancon earns fifth save Saturday
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(4/25/15) Pirates relief pitcher Mark Melancon worked a nearly perfect ninth inning Saturday in Pittsburgh's 2-1 win over the Diamondbacks, earning his fifth save of the season.
Melancon got past a single with one out to start the inning after Nick Ahmed was caught stealing second. Melancon finished things off by forcing a groundout to second by Yasmany Tomas. Melancon lowered his ERA to 5.79 in 9 1/3 innings of work this season.
"I do believe every player has a bank account here," Hurdle said to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "They invest by what they do, and they put things in the bank and those things draw interest. There come times when you take money out."
Pirates closer Mark Melancon battles back against critics
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
|(4/25/15) Pirates closer Mark Melancon wasn't exactly turning cartwheels over implications that he was losing his grip on the job after a sluggish start to the season.
He blew a two-run lead Tuesday to the Cubs, raising his earned run average to 8.53 and prompting Clint Hurdle and the media to point out that his velocity was down. But after two straight 1-2-3 saves, including one on Friday, he fought back.
"I blew one save - one save," Melancon told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "Should anybody lose confidence after one save? That's for them to decide, I guess."
Melancon, whose velocity remains down, had a closed-door meeting with Hurdle in which he was told the closer job was still his.
"I try to put myself in his position," Hurdle said. "What opportunity would I hope to get, based on what I've done for the club. When (his) performance goes the other way, I don't need to be the first one to overreact."
Hurdle also expressed his belief that Melancon can remain effective despite decreased velocity.
"It's about execution and location," he said.
Pirates closer Mark Melancon sets down three pinch hitters for save
|by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer|
|(4/25/15) Closer Mark Melancon (S, 4) set down the Diamondbacks in order in the ninth inning on Friday to earn the save in the Pirates' victory.|
All three batters Melancon retired were pinch hitters.
Pirates closer Melancon bounces back Thursday for third save
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
|(4/23/15) Embattled Pirates closer Mark Melancon is suddenly a little less embattled, courtesy of a 1-2-3 ninth inning to close down the Cubs on Thursday for his third save.
Melancon turned an 8-6 lead into a 9-8 defeat Tuesday as his velocity was down and he struggled to throw strikes. But he needed only 10 pitches (seven strikes) to dispatch Pittsburgh's NL Central rival, striking out Addison Russell in the process.
The right-hander is still saddled with a 7.36 ERA.
|2014 summary: Mark Melancon proved to the Pirates he could close in 2013, filling in for All-Star Jason Grilli for a six-week stretch in the second half, so when Grilli flopped to begin 2014, they didn't hesitate to turn the role over to Melancon full-time. And his transition couldn't have gone more smoothly. From the day of his first save May 3 to season's end, he tied for the seventh-most saves in baseball, compiling a 2.02 ERA and 0.93 WHIP.|
Playing time status: Grilli didn't last with the Pirates through the end of the season, so they don't really have anyone who could threaten Melancon's role. Given his 1.65 ERA and 0.92 WHIP over the last two seasons, though, he's established himself as well as any reliever could.
2015 outlook: Melancon isn't one of those closers who's going to strike out two batters an inning, which immediately drops him a tier in the relief pitcher rankings. But he's one of the safer picks of that group, especially pitching for an expected contender. If you fall asleep at
the wheel and wind up with him as your top reliever, it wouldn't be your most regrettable decision on Draft Day.
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|4/27/15||@ CHC||8:05 pm||Jason Hammel|
|4/28/15||@ CHC||8:05 pm||Travis Wood|
|4/29/15||@ CHC||8:05 pm||Kyle Hendricks|
|5/1/15||@ STL||8:15 pm||Lance Lynn|
|5/2/15||@ STL||2:15 pm||John Lackey|
|5/3/15||@ STL||2:15 pm||Michael Wacha|
|5/5/15||CIN||7:05 pm||Homer Bailey|
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