Yeah, that about sums up the Rangers win over the Red Sox on Tuesday, something that was much less baseball game and more ax murder.
And yet, this is exhibit A as to why fans of the Astros should be glad: They sent Melancon, a good but not great reliever who picked up a 20 saves last year while not being nearly as automatic as one might want from a closer.
while not being nearly as automatic as one might want from a closer, to the Red Sox for Jed Lowrie, a switch-hitting shortstop who is an offensive upgrade on Clint Barmes with a comparable glove, and Kyle Weiland, their fifth starter.
On paper, it was a good trade. Through the lens of the first two weeks of the season, in which none of the three players involved have been great but the two the Astros got have been adequate, it looks like a steal for Houston.
Melancon's ERA entering Tuesday's game? 22.50 in three appearances with a WHIP of 3. After? Over 49, and his WHIP doubled to 6. Melancon has made four appearances this year, and he's given up a run in all four.
And THAT player could have been the Astros closer this year. Yikes!