Cleveland Indians
Career W-L
57-69
 
Career ERA
4.16
Name  Justin Masterson
Born  3/22/1985
Height  6-6
Weight  250
Number  63
Position  SP
Bats  R
Throws  R
Cold7/29/2014 9:18:00 PM
Description: Cleveland starter Justin Masterson (knee) will return from the disabled list Friday against the Rangers, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Masterson went 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA and 195 Ks in 193 innings a year ago, but he's 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP in 98 innings this year. His 4.06 FIP suggests he'll improve, but he hasn't shown any signs of that yet. He's set to be a free agent after the season.
 
Cold7/20/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Cleveland starter Justin Masterson (knee) allowed two runs on five hits, struck out six and walked two over five innings in his rehab start for Triple-A Columbus on Sunday.
Insight: Masterson could be ready to rejoin the Indians rotation on Friday at Kansas City. The right-hander went 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA and 195 Ks in 193 innings a year ago, but he's 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP in 98 innings this year. His 4.06 FIP suggests he'll improve, but he hasn't shown any signs of that yet.
 
Cold7/8/2014 6:23:00 PM
Description: Cleveland starter Justin Masterson has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with right knee soreness.
Insight: Masterson has thrown just nine innings in his last three starts and allowed 13 runs on 20 hits with a 14/10 K/BB in that span. The right-hander went 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA and 195 Ks in 193 innings a year ago, but he's 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP in 98 innings this year. His 4.06 FIP suggests he'll improve, but he hasn't shown any signs of that yet.
 
Cold7/7/2014 10:33:00 PM
Description: Cleveland starter Justin Masterson was bombed again Monday against the Yankees. He allowed five runs on six hits in two innings.
Insight: Masterson has thrown just nine innings in his last three starts and allowed 13 runs on 20 hits with a 14/10 K/BB in that span. The right-hander went 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA and 195 Ks in 193 innings a year ago, but he's 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP in 98 innings this year. His 4.06 FIP suggests he'll improve, but he hasn't shown any signs of that yet.
 
6/29/2014 4:06:00 PM
Description: According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Indians right-hander Justin Masterson (knee) has been cleared to start Tuesday against the Dodgers.
Insight: Masterson has been dealing with a sore right knee for most of the season and he had his latest start pushed back from Sunday. Masterson has had a disappointing season, regressing from 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA in 2013 to 4-5 and a 5.03 ERA this year. His 3.91 FIP and .328 BABIP suggest he's been unlucky, however, so he could be a buy-low candidate.
 
6/25/2014 8:13:00 PM
Description: Cleveland starter Justin Masterson will have his next start pushed back. SOURCE: Fox Sports Arizona
Insight: He was supposed to start Sunday against Seattle but now it looks like he'll start Tuesday instead. Masterson (4-5, 5.03 ERA) suffered a minor knee injury during his last outing. The right-hander has allowed five or more runs in two of his last three starts.
 
6/19/2014 5:43:00 PM
Description: Indians right-hander Justin Masterson tossed seven innings and allowed one run on four hits Thursday against the Angels.
Insight: Masterson has pitched better than his 4.75 ERA indicates -- he has a 3.91 FIP but has a 65.7 percent strand rate due to a .385 BABIP with RISP.
 
6/2/2014 9:33:00 PM
Description: Indians right-hander Justin Masterson bounced back for his third win of the season Monday against Boston.
Insight: Masterson (3-4, 4.72 ERA) loaded the bases in the first but it was smooth sailing after that. He finished with a season-high ten strikeouts over seven scoreless innings. He's now 4-3 in his career versus the Red Sox.
 
Cold5/27/2014 1:51:00 PM
Description: Cleveland starter Justin Masterson has been ugly of late and could probably be avoided in his matchup with Chris Sale and the White Sox on Tuesday.
Insight: Masterson hasn't been very effective in his last three starts, giving up five runs or more in each outing to raise his ERA from 3.86 to 5.32.
 
5/3/2014 9:19:00 PM
Description: Cleveland starter Justin Masterson was masterful, yielding just four hits over 7 1/3 innings.
Insight: Masterson hasn't been very effective this season giving up five runs of more in three of his last five outings, but he was definitely on today.
 
4/23/2014 10:19:00 PM
Description: Cleveland starter Justin Masterson has tossed two straight quality starts after giving up 10 earned runs on 14 hits in 8 1/3 innings in his previous two turns.
Insight: Masterson still doesn't have a decision this season. The right-hander allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits with a 6/2 K/BB in 6 1/3 innings Wednesday against Kansas City and now has a 4.50 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP. He should improve once his .346 BABIP comes down, though he'll have to get his 4.18 BB/9 in check as well.
 
4/1/2014 7:54:00 PM
Description: Cleveland starter Justin Masterson held the Athletics scoreless in seven innings on Opening Day Monday night.
Insight: Masterson gave up four hits, walked one and struck out four. The right-hander had his best season in 2013, going 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP and 195 strikeouts in 193 innings. He had a 7.1 K/9 in his first five seasons, but he turned his slider into a dominant out pitch last year.
 
10/2/2013 6:36:00 PM
Description: Cleveland manager Terry Francona indicated that righthander Justin Masterson may be used as the team's closer during the postseason. SOURCE: Indians.com
Insight: Masterson was the team's best starter for much of the season but an oblique injury has forced him to take on a lighter workload. He certainly has the velocity to pull it off and Masterson does have experience as a reliever (62 lifetime appearances out of the bullpen). Former closer Chris Perez did make the Indians' postseason roster but it's clear that Francona doesn't trust him as a ninth inning option any longer.
 
9/24/2013 9:48:00 PM
Description: Indians pitcher Justin Masterson (oblique) has been cleared to return as a reliever, according to MLB.com.
Insight: Masterson (14-10, 3.52 ERA) was removed from his start on Sept. 2 due to a strained left oblique and hasn't pitched since. Fantasy owners hoping he would make one more start this season can drop him.
 
9/20/2013 6:46:00 PM
Description: Indians starter Justin Masterson (oblique) threw off a mound Friday for the first time since suffering his injury earlier this month. SOURCE: Jordan Bastian, MLB.com
Insight: Masterson (14-10, 3.52 ERA) hasn't been ruled out for a return this season, but he'll only make one start if he does come back.
 
9/6/2013 6:25:00 PM
Description: The Indians should know soon whether or not Justin Masterson will be returning before the end of the season. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: Masterson (14-10, 3.52 ERA) strained his oblique Monday against the Orioles. The Indians are fighting for their playoff lives (three back in the Wild Card, six and a half behind in the division) and having Masterson back sooner rather than later would give them a huge boost.
 
9/3/2013 6:03:00 PM
Description: Indians starter Justin Masterson will not make his next start due to a strained oblique, according to Nick Camino of WTAM 1100 Newsradio Cleveland.
Insight: The 28-year-old Masterson has had a nice bounce-back year after going 11-15 with a 4.93 ERA in 2012. In 189 1/3 innings, he has a 3.52 ERA and a career-high 188 strikeouts. Oblique strains can be slow healing, so there's no guarantee Masterson will return this season.
 
9/3/2013 10:38:00 AM
Description: Indians starter Justin Masterson left Monday's game against the Orioles with soreness in his left rib cage and is doubtful for his next scheduled start.
Insight: The 28-year-old Masterson has had a nice bounce-back year after going 11-15 with a 4.93 ERA in 2012. In 189 1/3 innings, he has a 3.52 ERA and a career-high 188 strikeouts. Masterson's K/9 was 7.00 or lower in each of the last three seasons.
 
9/2/2013 5:55:00 PM
Description: Indians starter Justin Masterson left Monday's game against the Orioles with soreness in his left rib cage, according to MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli.
Insight: If it is an oblique injury, his season could be over. The 28-year-old Masterson has had a nice bounce-back year after going 11-15 with a 4.93 ERA in 2012. In 189 1/3 innings, he has a 3.52 ERA and a career-high 188 strikeouts. Masterson's K/9 was 7.00 or lower in each of the last three seasons.
 
Hot8/1/2013 3:07:00 PM
Description: Indians ace Justin Masterson ran his winning streak to three games in a row Thursday against the White Sox.
Insight: Masterson (6 2/3 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 7 Ks) is scorching hot right now. Since the All-Star break, he's undefeated with a 0.84 ERA in three starts. If Masterson keeps this up, he could become the Tribe's first 20-game winner since Cliff Lee in 2008.