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Padres: Mark Melancon is on pace for nearly 50 saves this year

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We’re ready to close the book on April. Given the array of injuries the team’s faced, the Padres could have headed into May in a much more dire situation. They enter Friday’s opener against the Giants just 2 1/2 games out of first in the NL West.

Chasing the Dodgers in this division, there is no margin for error. Thankfully, San Diego has one of the game’s best closers in the game locking things down in Mark Melancon. Before the season started, I penned a piece with three bold predictions.