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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%: 79/70 | Average Draft Position: 236.87
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Mark Melancon fans two, converts save No. 32


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Pirates closer Mark Melancon struck out two and needed 20 pitches to complete a 1-2-3 ninth inning to secure a 1-0 victory over Atlanta on Monday. He has converted 32 of 36 save chances, with a 1.93 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP over 70 innings of relief.

Mark Melancon closes out Red Sox


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Pirates closer Mark Melancon struck out one and worked his way around two hits in a scoreless ninth inning to close out a 3-2 victory over the Red Sox on Thursday. He needed 15 pitches to pick up the save. He has converted 30 of 34 save chances, with a 1.88 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP over 67 innings of relief.

Mark Melancon Ks two for save No. 29


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Pirates closer Mark Melancon struck out two and worked his way around a walk in a scoreless inning of work for the save Thursday night against Philadelphia. Melancon has converted 29 of 33 save chances, with a 3.53 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP over 26 starts (145 1/3 innings). 

Mark Melancon delivers 28th save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Pirates closer Mark Melancon earned his 28th save Wednesday, striking out one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off his team's 6-3 victory over the Phillies.

Melancon has posted perfect innings in four of his last six appearances, and he's surrendered only three earned runs since the All-Star break. The closer owns a 2.00 ERA and 61:10 K:BB ratio in 63 innings.


Mark Melancon slams door shut on Phillies


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2014) Pirates closer Mark Melancon struck out one and needed 17 pitches to retire the side in order in the ninth inning to close out a 6-4 win over the Phillies. He has converted 27 of 31 save chances, with a 2.03 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP over 62 innings of relief.

Mark Melancon closes out Reds


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) Pirates closer Mark Melancon struck out one and needed 15 pitches to close out a perfect ninth inning and a 3-2 victory over the Reds. He has converted all but four of his 30 save chances. He owns a 2.04 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP over 57 1/3 innings of relief.

Mark Melancon picks up save No. 25


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Pirates closer Mark Melancon picked up his 25th save Friday against the Reds.

Melancon entered the game with a one-run lead, and managed to shut the door. He pitched a perfect inning, striking out one hitter. He threw 12 pitches, nine of which were strikes. Melancon lowered his ERA to 2.08 following the appearance. 


Mark Melancon shuts down Cardinals for another save


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Pirates closer Mark Melancon nailed down his second save in less than 24 hours Wednesday against St. Louis.

Melancon entered with a two-run lead in the ninth and promptly surrendered a single to Jhonny Peralta. But he retired the next three batters in order to secure his 24th save in 28 opportunities.


Mark Melancon records 23rd save Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Pirates closer Mark Melancon earned his 23rd save Tuesday, walking one batter and striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning to finish off his team's 5-2 win over the Cardinals.

Melancon's save was his first in two weeks, as he blew his only save opportunity during that stretch. With three straight scoreless outings to his credit, the closer owns a 2.15 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 52:9 K:BB ratio in 54 1/3 innings.


Mark Melancon picks up win vs. Braves


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Pirates closer Mark Melancon earned a win Wednesday, striking out one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning in his team's 3-2 victory over the Braves.

Melancon (2-3) surrendered a run and took a blown save in his previous outing, but he was back on form Wednesday, securing his first win since taking over the closing role in early May. He owns a 2.24 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 50:8 K:BB ratio in 52 1/3 innings.


Mark Melancon picks up another save Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Pirates closer Mark Melancon picked up another save Tuesday against the Tigers.

Melancon entered the game with a two-run lead, but made things interesting. With one out, Melancon managed to put the tying run on base. With the potential winning run at the plate, he induced a fly out and a ground out to end the game. Melancon picked up his 22nd save. He lowered his ERA to 2.15 with the outing. 


Mark Melancon strikes out side in 21st save


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Pirates closer Mark Melancon worked a perfect ninth inning Friday, striking out the side to pick up his 21st save in his team's 2-1 victory over the Padres.

Melancon hadn't notched a strikeout in two straight appearances, but he got back on track Friday, throwing 11 of his 16 pitches for strikes. He owns a 2.19 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 47:7 K:BB ratio in 49 1/3 innings.


Mark Melancon suffers walkoff loss Sunday vs. Diamondbacks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Pirates pitcher Mark Melancon took a loss Sunday, giving up one earned run on one hit and one walk in two-thirds of an inning in his team's 3-2, 10-inning loss to the Diamondbacks.

Melancon (1-3) surrendered a one-out double in the 10th inning, and the runner advanced to third base on a wild pitch. After walking a batter to set up a double play, the team wasn't able to convert on a ground ball to the shortstop, getting just one out and watching the winning run score. Melancon owns a 2.28 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 44:7 K:BB ratio in 47 1/3 innings.


Mark Melancon strikes out two in 20th save


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Pirates closer Mark Melancon secured his 20th save Tuesday, giving up one hit and striking out two in his team's 3-1 win over the Giants.

Melancon has given up just one run in eight innings in July. He continues to show excellent control, with his last free pass coming on June 13. Melancon owns a 2.12 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 44:6 K:BB ratio in 46 2/3 innings.


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.