My kids sometimes get into trouble. And when they do, I’ll send them to their room and let them think about why daddy is mad.
And after about 20 minutes or so, I’ll go into the room.
Usually the first thing I will say is “Have you learned your lesson?”
I think the same can be said to reliever Mark Melancon. The Red Sox traded 2008 Division Series hero Jed Lowrie for Melancon to be a contributor in the bullpen.
He saved 20 games for the lowly Astros in 2011. He must have been able to do something in Boston.
And he did. In 4 April games, he had a 49.50 ERA, lost 2 games and let up 5 home runs in 2 innings.
Not 5 runs. 5 HOMERS! He let up 11 runs in 2 innings.
He let up 2 walks and 4 hits (including 3 homers) in his final game on April 17 in Texas. He recorded zero outs.
He was sent to Pawtucket, just like my kids are sent to their room.
Now he has pitched a month in Pawtucket.
He has pitched 13 innings in as many games. He has struck out 21 batters in those 13 innings and walked none. He has allowed only 9 hits and has a 0.00 ERA for the PawSox, saving 5 games.
It is safe to say that he is better than a AAA pitcher right now.
He’s learned his lesson.
He said he is sorry.
He will finish his spelling homework and not hit his brother.
The Red Sox need a good arm in the bullpen.
Let him come out and play.
I am serious Seattle… I know you have NO bats right now.
I know that Ken Griffey SENIOR could probably crack this line up now.
I know you’ve scored 9 runs all month (and none since Wednesday).
I know you are in a 7 game slide and suddenly that whole “We have Two Aces! We’re going to win the West!” sentiment has started to give way to “I hope we can get some good prospects for Cliff Lee” resignation.
But COME ON! You are facing Joe Saunders tonight.
Yeah I know Joe was an All Star in 2008 and a 16 game winner last year. But in 2010 he is one the main culprits why the three time defending division champion Angels look so pathetic right now.
He’s let up 5 or more runs in 3 of his 6 starts, is a 1-5 pitcher with a 7.04 ERA.
And his lone win (and only solid outing) was a game on April 17th when he threw 8 innings with no earned runs against a Blue Jays team that was in a horrible slump.
How horrible? Joe Saunders shut them down!
Take out that one game and he is 0-5 with a 9.52 ERA.
That’s a run an inning.
You can do it, Mariners. You can score some runs tonight. I bet even the Mariner Moose could go 1-4 against Saunders.
A Mariner win would put the Angels in last place in the loss column.
Let’s see what you’ve got Mariners.
It’s Joe Saunders.
Score a run.
The Sox are down 4-0 before their first at bat.
Nope this doesn’t look good.
Remember that bad thing? It looked just like this.