Mark Melancon
RP PIT
2 days ago

Melancon pitched a perfect ninth inning to notch his 30th save of the season Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

Melancon was protecting a one-run lead, and he shut the door on the Phillies without a bit of drama. He's now converted 30 of 33 save opportunities, and he has a 1.51 ERA to go along with a 0.96 WHIP on the year.

Mark Melancon
RP PIT
3 days ago

Melancon notched his 29th save with a scoreless ninth inning in Saturday's 7-4 victory over the Phillies. He struck out two.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran closer has bounced back nicely from a pair of consecutive blown saves earlier in July, now having converted back-to-back save opportunities on the strength of two scoreless outings. Melancon is having a solid July despite the earlier hiccups, converting five of seven save chances and also recording a victory.

Mark Melancon
RP PIT
5 days ago

Melancon struck out one in the course of a perfect ninth inning Thursday against the Brewers for his 28th save in 31 tries.

EDGE Analysis

The Pirates' closer had allowed a run in consecutive outings, so it's nice to see him clean up efficiently in this one. Melancon may not carry a very impressive strikeout rate by the standards of his peers, but he's still been putting up some of the most unimpeachable ratios in the game for years.

Mark Melancon
RP PIT
7 days ago

Melancon (1-1) blew his third save of the season Tuesday, but earned a win as he was bailed out in the bottom of the ninth by a Josh Harrison triple and a subsequent throwing error by Scooter Gannett to score Harrison and win the game 3-2.

EDGE Analysis

After entering the game with a 2-1 lead in the top of the ninth, Melancon quickly allowed two baserunners with a walk and a single, and nearly got out of the jam before Hernan Perez knocked a single up the middle to tie the game. Hardly a major implosion, fantasy owners will be happy for Melancon's first win of the season. There has been little to complain about with Melancon this season, who has been one of the game's most consistent closers with a paltry 1.63 ERA.

Mark Melancon
RP PIT
2 weeks ago

Melancon notched his 27th save by striking out Wilson Contreras for his only out in Friday's 8-4 victory over the Cubs.

EDGE Analysis

The Pirates closer was brought in to slam the door after A.J. Schugel got into some trouble with two out. Schugel retired Tommy La Stella and Ben Zobrist to start the top of the ninth before surrendering a Kris Bryant single and issuing a free pass to Anthony Rizzo. Melancon has now successfully converted 23 consecutive save opportunities, and has not given up an earned run since May 15.

Mark Melancon
RP PIT
3 weeks ago

Melancon worked around a hit and struck out two to record his 25th save Tuesday against the Cardinals.

EDGE Analysis

Melancon extended his consecutive save streak to 21 with the effort and has allowed just two earned runs over 25.2 innings (0.70 ERA) in that span. His 25 saves moves him into a tie for second in the league with Kenley Jansen.

Mark Melancon
RP PIT
3 weeks ago

Melancon pitched a perfect ninth inning while striking out one to notch his 24th save of the year Sunday at the Athletics.

EDGE Analysis

Melancon was protecting a three-run lead and closed the door on the Athletics without an ounce of drama. He's now held opponents without an earned run over his last 19 outings, and he lowered his ERA to 1.35 on the year.

Mark Melancon
RP PIT
1 month ago

Melancon earned his 22nd save of the season Sunday versus the Dodgers, striking out one in a perfect inning of work.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran has still blown just one save this season, and he owns strong ratios in the form of a 1.48 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. Melancon is also fourth in the league in saves, making him one of the better fantasy relievers available despite his sometimes underwhelming strikeout numbers (7.12 K/9).

Mark Melancon
RP PIT
1 month ago

Melancon notched his 21st save in Friday's 8-6 victory over the Dodgers, surrendering only one hit over an inning, while also recording a strikeout.

EDGE Analysis

The Pirates closer was locked in, needing only 12 pitches, 10 of which he threw for strikes, to dispose of the Dodgers in the final frame. Melancon has now converted 21 of 22 save opportunities on the season, and hasn't given up an earned run since May 15.

Mark Melancon
RP PIT
1 month ago

Melancon has thrown seven shutout innings in June but has just four saves in seven outings.

EDGE Analysis

Not coincidentally, the Pirates have won only five games during June. If the team continues to struggle, then Melancon could become a trade chip. He's slated to become a free agent following the 2016 season.