- Height / Weight
- 6' 2" / 215 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 3/28/1985 (34)
The Atlanta Braves are still planning on using relief pitcher Mark Melancon as the closer to start next season, even after signing Will Smith on Thursday. Melancon, who also pitched for the Giants last year before coming over to Atlanta, had a 3.86 ERA and 11 saves in his 23 appearances for the Braves. He had his shaky moments in a Braves bullpen that was a weakness, but at least for now he's expected to open next year with the ninth-inning duties. Smith was one of the better closers in baseball in 2019 with a 2.76 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 96 K's and 34 saves in 65 1/3 innings. He'll still be attractive late in drafts for holds, but he'll lose a lot of value if he's playing second fiddle to Melancon.
Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Mark Melancon pitched a scoreless ninth inning with two strikeouts to pick up his 12th save of the season Thursday against the Phillies. Called on to protect a one-run lead, Melancon struck out Jose Pirela and Cesar Hernandez before getting J.T. Realmuto to ground out to end the game. Melancon has been rock-solid lately logging 11 saves since August 13 with 17 strikeouts in his last 13 innings. He's the go-to closer in Atlanta and should be owned in all leagues where saves are a category.
Atlanta Braves reliever Mark Melancon allowed one run on three hits in the ninth inning of Sunday's 2-1 win over the New York Mets. It was a rocky outing for the 34-year-old, but he got the job done. Melancon has converted his first five save opportunities with the Braves, despite owning a 6.10 ERA in 12 appearances with the team. For now, the closer role is his. As long as he remains the ninth-inning option, he has fantasy value in all formats.