Mark Melancon
RP WSH
2 weeks ago

Melancon threw a perfect ninth inning Wednesday against the Mets, locking down a 1-0 lead for his 42nd save of the season.

EDGE Analysis

Melancon bounded back quickly from his Tuesday loss, retiring the heart of the Mets' lineup in order. Melancon's 42 saves are tied for third most in the majors, and his 1.71 ERA trails only Baltimore's Zach Britton among closers with at least 15 save opportunities.

Mark Melancon
RP WSH
2 weeks ago

Melancon (2-2) took the loss in a non-save situation Tuesday against the Mets, giving up a run on two hits in the top of the tenth inning.

EDGE Analysis

Melancon was called upon after Mets closer Jeurys Familia blew a save in the bottom of the ninth, but the Nationals closer wasn't much sharper. He failed to register a strikeout while giving up a homer to rookie T.J. Rivera. Melancon had started to regain momentum with three straight clean outings against Philadelphia after getting scored on twice by the Braves, but he's right back to square one again.

Mark Melancon
RP WSH
2 weeks ago

Melancon allowed one hit and struck out the side in the ninth inning of Sunday's win over the Phillies to notch his 41st save of the season.

EDGE Analysis

After hitting his first rough patch with the Nats during their series against the Braves earlier this week, Melancon rebounded to grab a win and two saves in three games against the Phillies with a 6:1 K:BB in three innings. He should remain one of the most valuable closer in the league down the stretch but after pitching in three straight games, he'll probably be unavailable Monday against the Mets.

Mark Melancon
RP WSH
2 weeks ago

Melancon struck out one Phillie in a perfect ninth inning Saturday to notch his 40th save of the season.

EDGE Analysis

He's now 10-for-10 in save chances with the Nationals with a 1.93 ERA and 17:3 K:BB in 18.2 innings. Melancon has given the team exactly what it needed at the back of its bullpen, and his acquisition (especially relative to the return Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller fetched) now looks like one of the most astute of this year's deadline deals.

Mark Melancon
RP WSH
2 weeks ago

Melancon (2-1) nailed down a 5-4 victory over the Phillies on Friday, giving up a walk over an inning and striking out two.

EDGE Analysis

The closer got the victory when Trea Turner blasted a 432-foot game-winning shot in the home half of the ninth, after Melancon labored through a 21-pitch inning. Despite the elevated pitch count, it was a solid bounce-back performance for the 31-year-old, who'd given up three earned runs over his prior two appearances. Melancon has a stellar 1.67 ERA and 54:12 K:BB on the season, and his 39 saves are the second-highest total of his career in that category.

Mark Melancon
RP WSH
3 weeks ago

Melancon gave up another run Tuesday, this one on two hits in a save situation although he still held on for the save 9-7.

EDGE Analysis

Melancon gave up a pair of runs on four hits the night before in a non-save situation, and followed that up with another earned run Tuesday. Melancon had given up just one earned run since July 19 prior to Monday, and still has a 1.70 ERA and 0.98 WHIP despite the rough stretch. He now has 39 saves, tied for fourth in the majors in 2016.

Mark Melancon
RP WSH
3 weeks ago

Melancon came on to pitch the ninth with a 6-2 lead, and yielded a pair of runs on four hits, but managed to close out the game for the Nats.

EDGE Analysis

The shaky outing was an unusual one for Melancon, who still holds a 1.57 ERA after Monday. Melancon has blown just three saves all year in 41 tries, so he can be forgiven for the poor inning in a non-save situation.

Mark Melancon
RP WSH
4 weeks ago

Melancon pitched a scoreless ninth inning to record his 38th save of he season Friday.

EDGE Analysis

Melancon now has seven saves, a 0.66 ERA and a .732 WHIP since coming over from Pittsburgh in late July. His presence, and the jettisoning of Jonathan Papelbon, have provided a stabilizing effect on the club's bullpen.

Mark Melancon
RP WSH
4 weeks ago

Melancon earned save number 37 Tuesday in Philadelphia, allowing a walk while striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning.

EDGE Analysis

Melancon worked around a leadoff walk to preserve a well-deserved 3-2 victory for starter Max Scherzer. He has now converted 37 out of 40 save opportunities in 2016.

Mark Melancon
RP WSH
1 month ago

Melancon allowed a hit but recorded one out to nail down a 11-9 barnburner against the Braves on Saturday.

EDGE Analysis

He came into the game with a three-run cushion and two outs in the ninth, but runners were already on second and third. The first batter he faced singled, which brought the Braves within two, but Melancon induced a popup against the next batter to end the game. Melancon is 36-for-39 in save opportunities with a 1.41 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 48 strikeouts in 51.0 innings this season.