Mark Melancon
RP SF
4 days ago

Melancon has agreed to a contract with the Giants, ESPN's Buster Olney reports.

EDGE Analysis

The deal is still pending a physical, but barring any hiccups, Melancon is on the move from the East Coast to the West Coast. He is primed to take over as the Giants' closer, a role they had a difficult time filling effectively at the end of the previous campaign. Melancon is coming off arguably the best season of his career, one which saw him post a 1.64 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, and 65:12 K:BB over 75 appearances with the Pirates and Nationals.

Mark Melancon
RP SF
2 months ago

Melancon gave up a hit and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning Sunday to pick up the save in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Dodgers.

EDGE Analysis

It was Melancon's first career postseason save, as he and the rest of the Nationals' bullpen combined for 4.2 shutout innings in a 5-2 win. After a strong finish to the regular season in a Washington uniform, there's no reason to suspect Melancon will wilt under the playoff spotlight.

Mark Melancon
RP SF
2 months ago

Melancon gave up a hit in a scoreless ninth inning Sunday to pick up his 47th save of the season in a win over the Marlins.

EDGE Analysis

He fell four saves shy of matching last year's career high, but Melancon still enjoyed a tremendous regular season split between Washington and Pittsburgh, posting a 1.64 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 65:12 K:BB in 71.1 innings. The Nats will look for him to anchor their bullpen as they attempt to make the first deep playoff run in franchise history.

Mark Melancon
RP SF
2 months ago

Melancon notched his 46th save in Saturday's 2-1 win over the Marlins, pitching 1.1 innings of scoreless ball and striking out one.

EDGE Analysis

It was business as usual for the dominant closer, who tallied his fourth consecutive scoreless effort. Melancon heads into the postseason with a 46-for-50 tally in save opportunities, which represents the second-highest save total of his career.

Mark Melancon
RP SF
2 months ago

Melancon recorded the final two outs of Thursday's game against Arizona to earn his 45th save of the season.

EDGE Analysis

Reynaldo Lopez made it a save situation by allowing a two-run homer to Socrates Brito in the ninth. Melancon was called upon and nailed down the win, recording the final two outs on a total of 10 pitches. He is now 14-for-15 in save opportunities since joining Washington and has converted 45 of 49 chances on the year. The right-hander appears headed for a big payday this winter.

Mark Melancon
RP SF
2 months ago

Melancon nailed his 44th save by pitching a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout Tuesday against Arizona.

EDGE Analysis

Melancon has been one of the league's most effective closers with 95 saves since the start of the 2015 season. His 8.30 K/9 has risen more than a full strikeout per nine innings compared to last season.

Mark Melancon
RP SF
3 months 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 SF
3 months 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 SF
3 months 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 SF
3 months 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.