Mark Melancon RP PIT 4 weeks ago

Melancon notched his 28th save of the season Tuesday, allowing a lone hit in a scoreless ninth inning.

He's got 23 saves and a win in his last 28 appearances since May 9. Named to the All-Star team, Melancon hasn't blown a save since April 21. His velocity still might be down slightly, but it's doubtful anyone is complaining anymore.

Mark Melancon RP PIT 1 month ago

Melancon recorded his third save in four days Sunday, making it possible the Pirates keep him off the mound Monday against San Diego.

Manager Clint Hurdle typically doesn't like to use his relievers three straight days. Tony Watson would likely close if Melancon is not available.

Mark Melancon RP PIT 1 month ago

Melancon pitched a perfect ninth inning against the Indians on Sunday to earn his 27th save of the season.

With his second save of the series, Melancon moved back into a tie with the Twins' Glen Perkins for the major-league lead with 27. Melancon has now gone 25 straight appearances without allowing an earned run, with a mere three walks issued over that span.

Mark Melancon RP PIT 1 month ago

Melancon picked up his 26th save of the season Saturday, giving up a hit and a walk while striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning.

If you took a chance on Melancon after his rough April congratulations, as he's allowed just one earned run in the two-plus months since while racking up a 20:4 K:BB ratio in 28.2 innings. With the Pirates gunning for the postseason, his spot as closer seems very secure.

Mark Melancon RP PIT 1 month 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 1 month 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 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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.