Mark Melancon RP PIT 6 Days
Melancon threw a scoreless inning of relief in a non-save situation Sunday against the Cubs. He struck out two batters.
Because the Bucs play six home games in the coming week -- where the team holds a 46-29 record, Melancon could see multiple save opportunities. The closer has notched three saves and a victory thus far in six September appearances.
Mark Melancon RP PIT 9 Days
Melancon tossed a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday to record his 28th save of the season.
Retiring all three batters he faced, Melancon had no difficulty navigating the ninth inning Wednesday. With an elite 61:10 K:BB in 63 innings and 0.87 WHIP, Melancon is making his case to be considered as a top-10 closer heading into 2015.
Mark Melancon RP PIT 14 Days
Melancon (2-4) earned the win Saturday, tossing two innings of scoreless relief while striking out three Cubs' batters.
The Pittsburgh closer has now pitched consecutive multiple innings for the first time in 2014. With a playoff spot hanging in the balance, look for manager Clint Hurdle to put Melancon in high leverage positions even more frequently than usual.
Mark Melancon RP PIT 17 Days
Melancon took the loss Wednesday against St. Louis, giving up the walk off single with two outs in the ninth, pitching 1.2 innings allowing two hits and a walk while striking out two.
Melancon was tasked with getting six outs for the Pirates and ran into trouble after striking out the first two batters to start the ninth. Giving up a walk and back-to-back singles to end the game.
Mark Melancon RP PIT 21 Days
Melancon pitched a perfect ninth inning against the Reds on Saturday to earn his 26th save of the season.
The Pirates called upon Melancon to protect a one-run lead and he did just that, retiring the side in order on 15 pitches. He struck out Brayan Pena swinging to end the frame and now sports a 1.15 ERA since the All-Star break.
Mark Melancon RP PIT 22 Days
Melancon picked up save number 25 tossing a clean ninth inning with one strikeout in the Pirates' 2-1 win over Cincinnati on Friday night.
He's now 25-for-29 in save opportunities and boasts a solid 2.08 ERA. Since taking over the closing duties in Pittsburgh, he has embraced the job and hasn't looked back.
Mark Melancon RP PIT 24 Days
Melancon picked up his 24th save of the season, pitching a scoreless ninth and allowing just one hit.
Melancon has converted 24-of-28 saves this season, posting a 2.11 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP with 52 strikeouts in 55.1 innings.
Mark Melancon RP PIT 1 Month
Melancon notched just his second save in the month of August on Tuesday, allowing two hits in a scoreless inning against the Tigers.
He's only pitched four times since July and should be rested down the stretch for the Pirates and fantasy owners. With a 47:7 K:BB ratio in 50.1 innings, Melancon continues to exhibit amazing command. He's converted 22 of 25 saves opportunities since taking over the closer role in Pittsburgh for Jason Grilli in May.
Mark Melancon RP PIT 1 Month
Melancon notched his 21st save of the season by striking out all three batters he faced in Friday's 2-1 win over the Padres.
Melancon continues to be a dominant force coming out of the back of Pirates' bullpen. Over his last 14 outings, dating back to June 26, the 29-year-old closer is 8-for-8 in his save chances while sporting a 1.38 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 9.7 K/9 across 13 innings.
Mark Melancon RP PIT 2 Months
Melancon was the losing pitcher on Sunday versus the Diamondbacks.