Mark Melancon Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 1" / 215 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 3/28/1985 (37)
Mark Melancon Season Stats
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Mark Melancon News
Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Mark Melancon picked up his 18th save of the season on Wednesday in the 5-2 win over the Houston Astros. In his inning of work, Melancon didn't allow a hit or a run while walking none and striking out none. Melancon has a 4.67 ERA (4.04 FIP) and a 1.54 WHIP on the year, but he's been better in the season's final month, posting a 2.70 ERA (5.82 FIP) with a save and four strikeouts in 10 innings pitched. Fantasy managers shouldn't expect another save before the end of the regular season, though, as the 37-year-old's previous save before Wednesday night came all the way back on Aug. 17.
Arizona Diamondbacks skipper Torey Lovullo said that the team will go with a closer-by-committee approach moving forward, which means right-hander Mark Melancon and his 4.66 ERA will be demoted from the ninth inning for the foreseeable future. The 37-year-old veteran is also 3-10 with a 1.58 WHIP, 14 saves, 26 strikeouts and 13 walks in 36 2/3 innings pitched this year. He'll likely work in low-leverage situations for the time being, with some combination of veteran Ian Kennedy, Joe Mantiply and Kyle Nelson factoring into the committee approach. Kennedy had the team's most recent save on Tuesday and has a 3.15 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, five saves and 32 K's in 34 1/3 innings this year. He's probably your best bet if you're speculating on saves in Arizona.
Arizona Diamondbacks closer Mark Melancon put a cap on the team's 8-6 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday. He pitched a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit and no walks while striking out one. The 37-year-old is now 10-for-11 on save opportunities this year. He's had a few blow-up outings that have resulted in his season-long numbers looking extremely ugly (7.04 ERA, 1.83 WHIP). Melancon should remain the team's primary closer for now, but if he continues to have some rough outings, Ian Kennedy would likely be the next man up.
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.