Mark Melancon
RP SF
5 days ago

Melancon will join his fellow countrymen in the World Baseball Classic, joining Team United States for their semi-final matchup against Team Japan, CSN Bay Area reports.

EDGE Analysis

Melancon didn't initially join Team USA because he wanted to get familiar with his new teammates in spring training. The elite closer accomplished his goal, throwing eight shutout innings in the process. He will join a loaded US roster as they attempt to advance to the WBC finals with a win over Team Japan on Monday.

Mark Melancon
RP SF
2 weeks ago

Melancon received an invite to join Team USA in the WBC as an alternate.

EDGE Analysis

Melancon has fired five scoreless innings in early Cactus League action, so he has little to prove to his new club. Team USA would first have to elect to bring him aboard, then the Giants would have to approve the addition to the roster. Regardless of whether he joins Team USA or not, his spot as the Giants' closer is etched in stone.

Mark Melancon
RP SF
1 month ago

Melancon said that he feels where he wants to be physically heading into spring training, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Melancon threw a bullpen session Tuesday and reportedly felt great physically afterwards. He mentioned that he normally feels a "slowness" when beginning spring training but that was not the case this year. This is good news for both the Giants -- who recently signed their new closer to four-year deal this offseason -- and fantasy owners hoping for another solid season from one of the game's top closing options.

Mark Melancon
RP SF
4 months 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
5 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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.