Mark Melancon RP PIT 6 days ago

Melancon picked up a win, allowing just one walk while striking out one in a scoreless tenth inning against the Braves on Friday night.

With the game tied 2-2, Melancon (1-1, 1.72 ERA) pitched the top of the tenth inning before his mates picked up a run in the bottom of the frame to make him a winner. There was considerable concern early in the year when his velocity was down sharply, but his velocity has been ticking up and his effectiveness is following suit.

Mark Melancon RP PIT 2 weeks ago

Melancon tied Minnesota's Glen Perkins for the league lead in saves with his 23rd save Thursday -- and third in as many days -- in a 3-2 win over the White Sox.

He's totaled 33 pitches in those three games and will likely be unavailable Friday, given manager Clint Hurdle's history of resting him after three straight appearances. Tony Watson, who was held back Thursday, would likely take Melancon's closer duties for the night if the team rests its stopper.

Mark Melancon RP PIT 2 weeks ago

Melancon registered his major-league leading 22nd save Wednesday against the White Sox.

He needed 12 pitches (eight strikes) to retire the side in order. Since May 17, Melancon has picked up a whopping 14 saves in 14 opportunities. He hasn't allowed an earned run in his last 28.1 innings.

Mark Melancon RP PIT 3 weeks ago

Melancon notched his 20th save of the season Saturday, pitching a perfect ninth inning and striking out one.

His strikeout rate remains far off his typical 9.0 K/9 pace, and he's got just a 9:2 K:BB ratio in 20.1 innings since the end of April, but Melancon keeps finding a way to get the job done.

Mark Melancon RP PIT 3 weeks ago

Melancon needed only seven pitches (six strikes) to record three outs and his 19th save in 20 chances Wednesday against Milwaukee.

He hit 92 mph with his cutter and averaged 90.9 mph, alleviating fears about his velocity. Melancon has notched 12 saves in the last month, putting up 13 consecutive scoreless outings. For the season, the righthander has compiled a 2.20 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 28.2 IP. Opponents are batting just .234 off Melancon, in line with his career mark of .226.

Mark Melancon RP PIT 1 month ago

Melancon, who has pitched two straight days, may not be available for Wednesday's game, the Pittsburgh Tribune's Rob Biertempfel reports.

Manager Clint Hurdle said Tony Watson, who has pitched two days in a row, is unavailable, but would not go that far with Melancon. Still, it seems that if the Pirates feel they can get by without him Wednesday they will do so.

Mark Melancon RP PIT 1 month ago

Melancon logged his 14th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning against the Giants on Monday night.

He's now gone eight straight appearances without allowing a run, even though his strikeout rate continues to lag behind his previous levels. Melancon has shown improved velocity in recent weeks, and he averaged 91.52 mph on his cutter in Monday's outing according to Brooks Baseball.

Mark Melancon RP PIT 1 month ago

Melancon notched his sixth save since May 9 on Monday and saw an uptick in his velocity.

Melancon's cutter averaged 91.2 mph, sitting above 90 mph for just the third time in 21 games thus far in 2015. His stuff hasn't looked pretty at times, but the closer has allowed only one run in his last 14 outings covering 14.2 innings.

Mark Melancon RP PIT 1 month ago

Melancon recorded save number 11, tossing a clean ninth inning in the Pirates' 4-2 win over Miami on Monday night.

The Pirates and fantasy owners suffered through a very difficult April that included discussions of Melancon being replaced as the team's closer, but he has pitched very well in May, putting those earlier struggles behind him, and should be considered secure in the closer's role right now.

Mark Melancon RP PIT 1 month ago

Melancon logged save number 10 retiring the only two batters he faced in the Pirates' 4-1 win over the Mets on Friday night.

Starter Gerrit Cole came out to start the ninth and retired the first hitter, but a single and a walk prompted the pitching change, and Melancon needed just three pitches to finish off the win. He looked extremely shaky early on this season, but his velocity has been on the upswing, and he has enjoyed more typical results of late, solidifying his role as the team's closer.