Mark Melancon Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 1" / 215 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 3/28/1985 (36)
Mark Melancon Season Stats
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Mark Melancon News
San Diego Padres closer Mark Melancon navigated his way around two baserunners to gather his 18th save Thursday against the New York Mets. The wily veteran allowed a hit and walk to start the ninth inning before managing two grounders to end the threat, including a game-ending double play. After appearing invincible to start the year, Melancon has permitted baserunners in his last four outings. Overall, he still rocks a sturdy 0.71 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 19 percent strikeout rate while leading the majors in saves. Fantasy managers with a comfortable closer situation could cash in on the 36-year-old at the peak of his value.
San Diego Padres closer Mark Melancon shut down the Milwaukee Brewers in extra innings Wednesday to collect his 17th save. Assisted with some savvy defense from second baseman Jake Cronenworth, Melancon navigated around the runner on second and a hit to secure the 2-1 victory. The 36-year-old continues his phenomenal 2021 campaign, leading the majors in saves and rocking a 0.81 ERA and 0.81 WHIP with a 22 percent strikeout rate. Only two months through the season, the veteran right-hander has already returned excess value as a fantasy lottery jackpot this offseason.
San Diego Padres closer Mark Melancon picked up his MLB leading 13th save of the season on Friday, closing out the Padres' 5-4 win over the Cardinals. Melancon worked the ninth inning allowing one hit, a solo home run to Nolan Arenado, and striking out one. It wasn't the most dominant of outings, but Melancon got the job done. Despite the home run, Melancon owns a 1.02 ERA and impressive 0.74 WHIP over 17 2/3 innings pitched on the season. He is also a perfect 13-for-13 in save opportunities. Given the fact that it was uncertain who would handle closing duties in San Diego prior to the beginning of the season, Melancon has emerged as a surprise elite closer in 2021. Fantasy managers who bucked the trend and opted to roster Melancon over Drew Pomeranz have reaped the rewards for their belief in the 36-year old veteran. Melancon should, obviously, remain active in all fantasy formats.
Despite only playing in 23 games in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, Mark Melancon continued to prove his value on the field.Melancon had eleven saves in 2020, following a 2019 season in which he went 5-2 with 12 saves while playing for the Giants and Braves. The Braves' bullpen was filled with talent in 2020, requiring Melancon to have a break every now and then. With a potentially full season, the 35-year-old could end up providing a boost to any bullpen. In 2019 he almost tied his career high in strikeouts with 68 punchouts. A repeat of this performance will almost certainly contribute to success. For the first time since 2016, Melancon's WAR was 1.0 in 2020, while he dominated the postseason with five strikeouts and two saves in 6.1 innings. Melancon has signed on with the Padres, but the crowded bullpen might make it difficult for him to stand out. Despite this, Melancon's value should not be taken for granted. 2021 looks to be the year thatMelancon can reaffirm himself as a high-profile reliever in a market that is deep with talent. Keep an eye on the veteran at ADP 267 for some late-inning help with the potential for save opportunities.