Mark Melancon’s Struggles with Red Sox
- Updated: April 10, 2012
During the 2011-’12 offseason the Red Sox and Astro‘s made a trade that brought the Red Sox their next set-up man, and the Astro’s an injury plagued, yet talented middle infielder who was looking for an opportunity in Jed Lowrie. There wasn’t a ton of reaction to this trade, but it’s proving rather significant through only 4 games in the 2012 season. More so for the Red Sox, as Melancon has stumbled out of the gate vs. the Detroit Tiger potent lineup.
Melancon is a big tall right hander with four pitches. A rather straight fastball that lives 91-94, touching 96 occasionally. He packages that with an out-pitch curve that’s devastating to right handed batters when he’s commanding the pitch. Melancon also shows a cutter and a change to keep hitters off balance, but mostly relies on his fastball/curveball combo. His delivery is pretty smooth and he gets good power from his legs, however his arm motion allows the hitter to see the ball pretty early so if he doesn’t have his best stuff (and even sometimes when he does) he’s going to get hit. Although just a small sample size, he’s looked pretty terrible with the Red Sox, which would make most alarmed. However I’m not sure it’s going to end or get much better moving forward because not only is the quality of hitting drastically better in the AL East compared to what Melancon faced last year, it’s also stacked with power hitting, patient left handers. Melancon’s splits in 2011 were ugly vs. LH batters, as you can see below.