Stick this in the “One That Got Away” file.
Former Red Sox pitcher Mark Melancon, who pitched out of the bullpen for Boston in 2012 before being traded to Pittsburgh last December, was named to the National League All-Star team Sunday as an injury replacement for Pirates hurler Jeff Locke.
While Melancon has gone 12-8 with a 3.35 ERA over his five years in the majors, he’s been lights-out for Pittsburgh since shipping out of Boston. In 44 innings this season the 6-2, 215-lb setup man is 2-1 with a 0.81 ERA, two saves and 25 holds — the most in the majors among relievers with at least 40 innings. He boasts a stingy rate of 0.81 walks per nine innings while is strikeout-to-walk ratio is second-best in all of baseball at 11.50.
Not bad for a guy who was bounced around from the Yankees to the Astros to the Red Sox over a three-year period.
His career with the Sox didn’t get off to such a stellar start. In his first four appearances in 2012...