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35 Mark Melancon RP
Height/Weight: 6-2/215 | Birthdate: 3/28/1985 | Birthplace: Arvada, CO | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Pittsburgh | College: Arizona | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $521,000 | Owned/Started%: 75/65 | Average Draft Position: 237.10
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Mark Melancon picks up 19th save Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Pirates closer Mark Melancon picked up his 19th save Sunday.

Melancon entered with a two-run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning. He made quick work of the Rockies, notching two strikeouts over his inning of work. Melancon lowered his ERA to 2.17 following the outing. 


Mark Melancon tosses perfect ninth for 18th save


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Pirates closer Mark Melancon tossed a scoreless ninth inning during a 5-3 win Sunday against the Rockies for his 18th save.

Melancon needed 12 pitches to retire the side in order. He started with a groundout of Charlie Culberson, followed the first out by getting Michael McKenry to fly out to right field and finished off the game with a strikeout of DJ LeMahieu.


Mark Melancon picks up another save Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2014) Pirates reliever Mark Melancon picked up a save Friday against the Rockies.

Melancon entered the game with a two-run lead. He made things interesting initially, giving up a leadoff single. Melancon then settled in, inducing a flyout, strikeout and groundout to close out the inning. He's now saved 17 games with the club. 


Homer doesn't derail Mark Melancon's 16th save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) Pirates closer Mark Melancon made it interesting, but ultimately closed out a 3-2 win over the Phillies.

Melancon entered the game with a two-run lead, and immediately allowed the Phillies to trim it in half as Marlon Byrd hit a leadoff home run to open the ninth. He closed out the inning with three straight outs, including two by strikeout to end the game.

Melancon's ERA rose to 2.43 in the outing, but he saved his 16th game in 19 chances. 


Mark Melancon needed for one-out save Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2014) Pirates closer Mark Melancon was called on for a one-out save during a 5-2 win Sunday against the Mets.

Melancon entered the game after Jared Hughes allowed New York to plate two runs in the ninth inning. Melancon inherited one runner, who reached third after Daniel Murphy's two-out single off Melancon. Murphy moved up to second base on a fielder's indifference before Curtis Granderson flied out to right field to end the game.

Melancon recorded his 15th save and second in the series. It was his fifth June save.


Mark Melancon works quick ninth for 14th save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2014) Pirates closer Mark Melancon bounced back from a pair of subpar outings with an easy ninth inning Thursday, in a 5-2 win over the Mets.

Melancon retired the Mets' hitters in order on just seven pitches, though he did not strike out a single batter for the second straight appearance. He is now 14 for 17 on save chances, with a 2.41 ERA and 0.83 WHIP in 37 1/3 innings.  


Mark Melancon notches 13th save Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2014) Pirates closer Mark Melancon picked up his 13th save Tuesday after giving up two earned runs on three hits in the ninth inning of his team's 6-5 win over the Rays.

The Pirates had a three-run lead when Melancon took the mound, and they wound up needing it, as he gave up a two-run single after a wild pitch put both of the previous batters to get a hit in scoring position. He's now surrendered three runs in his last two outings, but he delivered a save in each. Melancon owns a 2.48 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 33:6 K:BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings.


Mark Melancon strikes out side in save Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) Pirates closer Mark Melancon struck out the side Saturday to earn his 11th save and finish off his team's 5-3 win over the Cubs.

Melancon just replaced Jason Grilli in the closing role and acquitted himself just fine in his first save opportunity after the change was made. He owns a sparkling 1.83 ERA, 0.76 WHIP and 32:6 K:BB ratio in 34 1/3 innings.


Mark Melancon becomes must-add closer


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/20/2014) Funny the way things change.

When Jason Grilli hurt his forearm midway through last season, it was something just short of a disaster in Fantasy. He was the darling late-rounder whose rapid rise was as surprising as the Pirates' as a whole, giving him numbers on par with -- or perhaps better than -- Joe Nathan, Aroldis Chapman and even Craig Kimbrel.

Granted, Mark Melancon thrived in his absence, recording 14 saves with a 1.99 ERA in 23 appearances from the time Grilli went down to the time he returned, but he didn't quite dominate the way Grilli did and was, at that time, considered inferior.

Flash forward nearly a year, and Fantasy owners couldn't be more excited to see Melancon back in the role. Grilli just hasn't been the same since the forearm injury -- Fantasy owners came to realize it well before the Pirates did -- and once again, Melancon is thriving with a 1.89 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 7.8 strikeouts per nine innings. He even got 10 saves earlier this year when Grilli missed time with a strained oblique, eliminating any shred of doubt he could handle the role.

While most every reliever who inherits the closer role midseason brings some measure of uncertainty to it, Melancon looks like a safe bet. Make him a priority off the waiver wire.


Mark Melancon back into closer role for Pirates


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2014) Clint Hurdle has announced that Mark Melancon is the new closer for the Pirates. He is the logical candidate with experience in that role. Jason Grilli has been ousted.

"We're very comfortable with what (he) can do in (the ninth inning)," Hurdle told the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.

Melancon locked down 10 of 12 save chances through May before Grilli returned from injury. He has continued his effectiveness in a late-inning role, having pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings on just one hit and fanning nine.


Mark Melancon tosses perfect eighth in return to setup role


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2014) Pirates reliever Mark Melancon was back in his setup role Thursday against the Dodgers, after Jason Grilli was given back his closer's job prior to the game.

Melancon worked a perfect eighth inning with the Pirates up. He set the Dodgers down in order on 13 pitches, while striking out two batters. The Pirates went on to win, 6-3.

Melancon went 10 for 12 as the Pirates closer, and will now continue to team with Grilli to give the team a formidable late-inning duo. He has a 2.16 ERA in 25 innings of work. 


Mark Melancon locks down 10th save Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2014) Pirates reliever Mark Melancon got the call again to close out Monday's game against the Mets. He answered the call by earning his 10th save in a 5-3 win.

Melancon's outing got off to an inauspicious start as Lucas Duda crushed the first pitch he saw from Melancon over the right-field wall to cut the deficit to two runs. Though, Melancon was unfazed by the home run. He retired the next three batters in order, which included strikeouts of Juan Centeno and Matt den Dekker to finish off the win.

Melancon is now 10 of 12 in save opportunities. He has six strikeouts in his last four outings (four innings).


Mark Melancon notches ninth save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2014) With closer Jason Grilli for the night, Pirates reliever Mark Melancon took the charge again in the ninth inning, securing a 3-2 win and the save against the Nationals Saturday night.

Melancon struck out one and needed just 11 pitches to complete a 1-2-3 inning. He has nine saves and owns a 1.96 ERA in 23 innings of work.

Jason Grilli owners should hold on to Mark Melancon


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/23/2014) After missing one month with an oblique injury, Jason Grilli returned to the Pirates bullpen Friday ready to take back the closer role he had entrusted to Mark Melancon.

The problem is Melancon was so effective in the role that Grilli may not have as long of a leash going forward.

It won't be an issue if Grilli gets back to pitching like he did in the first half last year, recording 29 saves with a 1.99 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 13.9 strikeouts per nine innings. But since straining his right flexor tendon almost immediately after the All-Star break, he hasn't been the same, recording seven saves with a 4.60 ERA, 1.60 WHIP and 8.6 strikeouts per nine innings in 17 appearances.

Maybe he just hasn't had a chance to get comfortable between the two injuries and will get back to dominating after a few uninterrupted weeks. But if he continues to flounder, you couldn't blame the Pirates for going back to what seems like a sure thing in Melancon.

Sure, you'd like to free up a roster spot by dropping Melancon, but given how valuable he would be as a closer, let's wait for Grilli to get his legs under him first.


Mark Melancon escapes shaky outing with save No. 8


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2014) Pirates reliever Mark Melancon struck out one and worked his way around two walks in a scoreless ninth inning to secure a 3-1 win and the save against the Nationals on Wednesday. Melancon is 8 for 10 in save chances this season with a 2.05 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP in 22 innings of relief.

Mark Melancon fans two for save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2014) Pirates reliever Mark Melancon made quick work of the Orioles Wednesday, as he closed out a 9-8 win with just 10 pitches.

Melancon tossed a perfect ninth inning, recording one out by flyball and striking out two hitters. He picked up his seventh save in nine chances, though it could be one of his last, with Jason Grilli on the verge of return.  


Mark Melancon makes quick work of Yankees


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2014) Pirates reliever Mark Melancon needed just 13 pitches to complete a perfect ninth inning for the save in Game 2 of a doubleheader against the Yankees in New York. He is now 6 for 8 in save chances with a 2.25 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP in 20 innings of work.

Mark Melancon retires none in defeat to Brewers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) Pirates temporary closer Mark Melancon not only blew a save and took the loss Thursday in Milwaukee. He couldn't even register an out.

Melancon surrendered a single and two walks before a Khris Davis two-run single closed out a 4-3 defeat. Melancon had nailed down his previous four save opportunities, but has yielded at least one baserunner in six of his last seven appearances.

He will give the role away upon the impending return of Jason Grilli.


Mark Melancon picks up fifth save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) Pirates reliever Mark Melancon recorded his fourth save in a row Wednesday against the Brewers, following a late rally to put Pittsburgh up.

Melancon entered the game following a three-run top of the ninth, and retired the Brewers with little trouble. He allowed a two-out single, but then recorded an easy groundball to close out the inning.

Melancon has five saves in six chances since stepping in for an injured Jason Grilli at the start of the month. He has a 1.42 ERA on the season as a whole. 


Mark Melancon records save No. 4


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2014) Pirates closer Mark Melancon was playing with fire in the ninth inning against the Cardinals Saturday, but worked out of trouble to secure a 4-3 win.

Melancon allowed the leadoff runner to reach base, and had two runners on with two out at one point, but he struck out the final better he faced to close out the game. Melancon struck out two batters in route to his fourth save of the season, while lowering his ERA to 1.50. 


Mark Melancon picks up third save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2014) Pirates reliever Mark Melancon worked his way around a hit and need only 10 pitches to complete a scoreless ninth inning, securing a 6-4 win and his third save of the season Friday night against the Cardinals. He owns a 1.59 ERA and a 0.76 WHIP in 17 innings.

Mark Melancon bounces back Wednesday to earn save


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) Temporary Pirates closer Mark Melancon recovered from a blown save Monday to nail one down Wednesday against San Francisco.

Melancon entered with a one-run lead and retired the Giants on three straight flyouts to snag his second save of the season.


Mark Melancon coughs up late lead


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2014) Pirates relief pitcher Mark Melancon was charged with a blown save on Monday against the Giants in extras.

Melancon was unable to nail down the save in the ninth, surrendering a game-tying single with no outs. He permitted one run on three hits in one inning of work. His ERA went from 1.29 to 1.80 after Monday's outing. He owns a 10:1 K:BB ratio in 15 innings of relief.

Mark Melancon notches first save Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2014) Pirates pitcher Mark Melancon recorded his first save of the season Saturday, giving up one hit and striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning in his team's 8-6 win over the Blue Jays.

Melancon is quite capable of serving as an above-average closer whenever needed, and he should continue to do so for the next few weeks with Jason Grilli on the shelf. Melancon owns a 1.29 ERA and 10:1 K:BB ratio in 14 innings.


Mark Melancon picks up first win of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2014) Pirates reliever Mark Melancon (1-1) tossed a perfect ninth inning and was awarded his first win of the season Friday night at home against the Blue Jays. Pedro Alvarez and Starling Marte homered in the ninth to give Pittsburgh the win. Melancon owns a 1.38 ERA over 13 innings pitched.