// Mark Melancon

What We Learned About the Red Sox this Week: Formulas for Failure

So 0-3 again. That sounds familiar.  Call me sadistic, but I’m starting to find the Red Sox total ineptitude to be kind of funny. Here are some thoughts as the season kicks off, yet again, with a losing streak: Ben Cherington did not do his job. No, moving pieces into holes to create more holes […]

Sox Create Late Drama in Opening Day Loss

The Red Sox couldn’t touch Justin Verlander all day. The American League MVP and Cy Young award winner started his 2012 season with a dominate performance, silencing the Sox bats over eight strong innings. He left the game with Detroit leading 2-0, and star closer Jose Valverde coming into the game. Valverde had a tremendous […]

With Bailey Out, Aceves Named Sox Closer

In a surprising move, manager Bobby Valentine has named Alfredo Aceves the replacement closer for the Boston Red Sox. With expected closer Andrew Bailey out for 3-4 months after surgery on his injured thumb, Aceves takes over the closer role despite very little experience closing games. For his career, Aceves has just four saves under […]

Closer Andrew Bailey to Undergo Thumb Surgery

So much for starting the season off on a good note. The Boston Red Sox kick off their 2012 season on Thursday afternoon in Detroit, but they will have to do it without their new closer, Andrew Bailey. After receiving a second opinion in Cleveland, Bailey will undergo surgery Wednesday on his injured thumb. Dr. Thomas […]

Two Thumbs Down: Beckett, Bailey in Jeopardy for Opening Day?

With Opening Day almost upon the Boston Red Sox, it appears as if two of their key pitchers may be in jeopardy for the start of the season. Newly acquired closer Andrew Bailey and no. 2 starter Josh Beckett are both suffering from thumb injuries that could keep them off the mound to begin 2012. […]

Red Sox Spring Training Update (3/26-4/1): Boston Sets Rotation, Infield

Opening Day is less than a week away. Who’ll be starting Thursday in Detroit became a lot clearer this week, when the Red Sox hammered out their infield and starting rotation. They optioned both Jose Iglesias (.200 BA, five RBIs in nine games) and Lars Anderson (.343 AVG, eight RBIs in 18 games) to Pawtucket […]

Red Sox Spring Training Update (3/19-25): Lester to Start Opening Day, Jenks Charged with DUI

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new Spring Training Player of the Week! With a .571 batting average, three runs, four doubles and an RBI in four games, Mike Aviles takes over. Hopefully this award propels him to a fantastic season, finally giving the Red Sox some stability at shortstop. In other Spring Training news, […]

2012 Red Sox Preview: Relief Pitchers

A big storyline heading into this new season is how the Red Sox bullpen will perform given significant personal changes. Gone is four-time All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon to free agency. A big change awaits former dominate set up man Daniel Bard as he is stretched out to start this year to help a limited rotation. […]

Andrew Bailey Strengthens Red Sox Pitching Staff

The Red Sox finally made a big move this offseason. On Wednesday evening it was reported that the team was involved in a 5-player deal that sent outfielder Josh Reddick and two prospects to the Athletics in exchange for closer Andrew Bailey and outfielder Ryan Sweeney. There have been questions as to how the Red […]

Red Sox Trade Lowrie, Weiland for Melancon, Sign Punto

The Red Sox finally started shaking up the team this week. First, they signed Kelly Shoppach. Then, they made a pretty significant trade: Red Sox Get: Astros Get: RP Mark Melancon IF Jed Lowrie SP Kyle Weiland Melancon’s exact role with the 2012 Red Sox is not known. The 26-year-old closed for Houston in 2011, […]