Diamondbacks at Pirates: 5 Players To Watch
Aug 8, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Mark Melancon (35) reacts after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers at PNC Park. The Pirates won 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
When trailing after 8 innings this season, the numbers show that the D’backs don’t have really any chance.
However, just like with anything in life, their are always exceptions. Don’t count on that when the Pirates have the lead heading into the top of the 9th, and closer Melancon is on the mound.
In 56 games this season, Pittsburgh’s stopper leads the majors in saves with 37, and games finished with 46. Melancon has blown just one save in 38 appearances. He has a 1.64 ERA, a 2.96 FIP, and 1.018 FIP.
There are flaws about him as there are with every player. He has aggressive platoon splits. Right-handers are hitting .283 compared with lefties who are hitting .183.
In June and July, Melancon didn’t give up a run, and while his ERA in August is not what you expect at 4.26 in 6.1 innings, his FIP is still under 3 at 2.48.