Melancon allowed an unearned run on one hit and no walks over one-third of an inning Tuesday as he earned the save in Game 2 of the NLCS.
Atlanta held a five-run lead heading into the ninth inning, but the Dodgers rallied early in the frame. As a result, Melancon was called on to pick up the save, his second of the postseason. The right-hander has made six appearances during the playoffs in 2020, allowing one run (zero earned) on one hit and no walks while striking out two over 5.1 innings.
Melancon came in to close the game out the ninth inning, recording one scoreless inning of work while striking out one in Wednesday's win over the Marlins in Game 2 of the NLDS.
Melancon earned his first save of the postseason and threw eight of his 13 pitches for strikes. The 35-year-old recorded 11 saves during the regular season and will continue to get the ball in save situations.
Melancon gave up a hit in a scoreless ninth inning Monday to record his 11th save of the season in a 5-4 win over the Marlins.
The veteran closer has been scored upon just once in his last 10 appearances, although his 5:1 K:BB through 10 innings during that stretch isn't exactly dominant. On the year, Melancon now sports a 2.18 ERA and 1.06 WHIP, and he's blown only one of his 12 save chances.
Melancon secured the save Saturday against the Nationals after allowing two hits with one strikeout and one walk during a scoreless ninth inning.
The veteran right-hander flirted with disaster as he allowed a pair of singles to begin the frame, but he was able to escape unscathed with a strikeout, a groundout, an intentional walk and a flyout. Melancon is 10-for-11 in save chances and has a 2.04 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 10:5 K:BB across 17.2 innings this season.
Melancon picked up the save Thursday against the Nationals, allowing one hit in a scoreless ninth inning. He did not record a strikeout.
The right-hander allowed a two-out single to Asdrubal Cabrera but was able to get Brock Holt to fly out to end the threat. Melancon has picked up four saves while allowing just one hit across his last five appearances.
Melancon did not allow a baserunner and struck out all three batters he faced to earn the save Wednesday against the Red Sox.
Melancon was called upon to protect a two-run lead and did so in dominant fashion to grab his eighth save of the season. He needed only 14 pitches to strike out the side and has now put together three consecutive scoreless outings. Melancon has a solid 2.63 ERA with nine strikeouts and four walks across 13.2 innings and has a firm grip on the closer role in Atlanta.
Melancon threw a perfect ninth inning in Monday's win over Boston to earn his seventh save of the season.
Melancon needed just eight pitches to force a groundout and a pair of flyouts in Monday's victory. He lowered his season ERA to 2.84 and has converted his last three save chances, making him 7-for-8 on the year.
Melancon pitched a perfect ninth inning for the save in Sunday's 12-10 win over the Phillies.
While runs reigned early in the contest, Melancon was able to lock things down in his appearance, earning his sixth save of the season. The 35-year-old closer has a 3.09 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and six strikeouts across 11.2 innings this season, and he's now 6-for-7 in save chances. He's given up runs in three of his last five outings, so he'll need to build on Sunday's scoreless effort to protect his claim to the closer role.
Melancon (2-1) allowed three runs (two earned) on one home run and a walk while striking out one in two-thirds of an inning to take the loss against the Phillies on Friday.
The Braves bullpen tossed 6.2 innings of scoreless work and was so close to making it to seven until Melancon was taken deep by Scott Kingery in the bottom of the 11th to walk it off for the Phillies. Melancon started off the season with seven straight scoreless innings, but he has since given up five runs (four earned) in his last 3.2 innings. The Braves have a few other options who are capable of closing out games, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Melancon replaced if he continues to struggle.
Melancon allowed one hit with no walks and no strikeouts in a scoreless inning to earn the save in the second game of Atlanta's doubleheader Wednesday against the Yankees.
Melancon came in to close the game in the seventh inning with a one-run lead. He allowed a two-out single to Gary Sanchez, but retired the next batter he faced to record his fifth save of the season. Melancon has earned five of the team's six saves to this point, and he's mostly done well in the role, allowing only two earned runs across 10 innings while striking out five and walking three.
Melacon (2-0) blew his first save of the season but recorded the win in Saturday's 6-5 victory over the Phillies, allowing a run on two hits and a HBP in an inning of work. He struck out one.
Neither team's late-inning crew distinguished themselves in this one. After Atlanta rallied late to take a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the eighth, Melancon entered the game and loaded the bases with one out before Bryce Harper knotted the score with a sacrifice fly. Fortunately for his squad, they found another run in the ninth off Brandon Workman. Melancon's 2.00 ERA on the year looks good, but his 1.22 WHIP and 5:3 K:BB through nine innings highlight his lack of dominance in the closer role.
Melancon gave up a hit and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning Saturday to record his fourth save of the season in a 2-1 win over the Marlins.
All the runs in the game came in the final three innings and all on solo homers, but Melancon was able to avoid serving one up to protect the win. The right-hander has yet to allow a run this season and has converted all four of his save chances, and while his 4:0 K:BB through seven innings isn't dominant, Melancon seems to have a firm grip on Atlanta's closer job.
Melancon earned the save in Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Phillies, allowing no runs on one hit and no walks. He struck out zero.
Melancon has been dominant over his first five innings this year. He hasn't allowed any runs while posting a 0.80 WHIP across five appearances. As a result, he's been rewarded with three saves and a win. The right-hander likely still carries a relatively short leash due to the Braves' depth among their late relievers, but he hasn't done anything to make the team question putting him in during save situations.
Melancon (1-0) picked up the win after tossing a perfect ninth inning against the Blue Jays on Thursday.
The right-hander came into a tied game in the ninth and held Toronto scoreless, giving Nick Markakis the opportunity to walk it off for the Atlanta victory. Melancon has a pair of saves on the season and has yet to allow a run across four appearances.
Melancon earned the save Thursday after tossing a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit and striking out one.
Melancon was summoned to protect a one-run lead in the ninth inning and did so with ease, working around a single by Brandon Lowe to finish things off. The save was his second in as many games after he recorded his first of the season against the Rays on Wednesday. Clearly, the 35-year-old remains the preferred choice for the ninth inning in Atlanta.
Melancon picked up the save in Wednesday's win over Tampa Bay, needing only nine pitches to toss a perfect ninth inning.
Melancon was held out of Saturday's contest against the Mets with a back issue, but he looked fully healthy Wednesday, retiring the Rays in order on a pair of groundouts and a popout. The right-hander appears to have a firm grasp on the closer role to start the season with Will Smith (illness) not yet to ready to pitch.
Melancon was unavailable for Saturday's extra-inning win over the Mets because his back locked up during the game, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
The issue cropped up before the Braves even considered having him warm up. Manager Brian Snitker believes it's not serious and that Melancon will be okay to pitch during Sunday's series finale, though it's worth keeping an eye on his status in case the injury lingers.
Melancon is still expected to serve as the Braves' primary closer to begin the season, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
O'Brien reiterated that the Braves always intended for Melancon to start the season as the primary closer, even before Will Smith was placed on the COVID-19 IL earlier this month. "They said that from the day they signed Smith," O'Brien said. Smith was not part of the announced Opening Day roster and the Braves don't know when they will get the lefty back, so Melancon could take on an even larger share of the ninth-inning duties early on.
Melancon has posted a 0.00 ERA and 6:0 K:BB through five innings this spring.
The 34-year-old was a perfect 11-for-11 in save chances to close out last season for Atlanta, and Melancon appears ready to handle ninth-inning duties again when Opening Day finally rolls around. He'll likely split high-leverage work with Will Smith, but Melancon is still expected to receive at least the majority of the team's save opportunities.
Melancon is expected to remain as the Braves' primary closer next season, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Atlanta's bullpen became even more crowded Thursday when the team signed Will Smith, who recorded 34 saves last season with the Giants. However, the Braves still plan to use Melancon as their primary closer in 2020 after he recorded a 3.61 ERA with 12 saves last year. Melancon will likely have a shorter leash as a closer next season since the Braves have several other capable closers in Smith and Shane Greene.
|Last 7 Games|
|10/07||vs MIA||W 2-0||0||0||1||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|10/06||vs MIA||W 9-5||0||0||0||1.0||0||0||0||2|
|10/01||vs CIN||W 5-0||0||0||0||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|09/30||vs CIN||W 1-0||0||0||0||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|09/27||vs BOS||L 1-9||0||0||0||1.0||2||0||0||3|
|09/25||vs BOS||W 8-7||0||0||0||1.0||3||2||2||0|
|09/21||vs MIA||W 5-4||0||0||1||1.0||1||0||0||0|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2010||AAA-Round Rock Express||4.0||3||0||0||1||0||1||2||1||5||0.00||1.500|
|2012||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||21.2||21||0||0||0||0||11||27||3||15||0.85||0.849|
|2017||AFA-San Jose Giants||2.2||3||3||0||0||0||0||4||0||6||16.36||2.727|
|2017||AAA-Sacramento River Cat||1.0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.00||1.000|
|2018||AAA-Sacramento River Cat||3.2||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||0||2||0.00||0.625|