Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Do you know who this is?

His name is Mark Melancon, and he's the guy who's probably going to be closing games for the Red Sox, now that Andrew Bailey is having thumb surgery and going to miss half the season.  When Boston traded for him last December, I was less than enthused.  But, since this is the reality we are dealing with now, I'll try to look at the bright side.  I guess the fact that he saved 20 games last year (for a team that only won 56), while posting a 2.78 ERA and a .234 batting average against, is mildly encouraging.

You can read my full article "It's Mark Melancon Time" at

UPDATE 1:24 PM: Just a few minutes after I got this written and posted everywhere, Bobby Valentine announced that he's going with Alfredo Aceves as the Opening Day closer.  Thanks Bobby.  He did also say Melancon will be the second in line.  We'll see how long this lasts.


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