Cleveland Indians
Career W-L
62-72
 
Career ERA
4.26
Name  Justin Masterson
Born  3/22/1985
Height  6-6
Weight  250
Number  63
Position  SP
Bats  R
Throws  R
4/9/2015 9:51:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Justin Masterson went six innings in his season debut.
Insight: He looked good, as he struck out seven and allowed just two runs on three hits and two walks. Masterson threw 94 pitches, while 64 of them were for strikes. He left with a 6-2 lead.
 
Cold9/1/2014 1:13:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Justin Masterson has been sent to the bullpen.
Insight: He looked great on Aug. 13 at Miami (7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K), but has otherwise been even worse with the Cardinals than he was with the Indians. He's gone 2-3 with a 7.90 ERA and a 1.646 WHIP for St. Louis.
 
Cold8/24/2014 4:46:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Justin Masterson has allowed nine runs on 11 hits over eight innings in his last two starts.
Insight: He looked great on Aug. 13 at Miami (7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) but has otherwise been even worse with the Cardinals than he was with the Indians. He's gone 2-2 with a 7.43 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP in 23 innings with St. Louis.
 
8/13/2014 9:55:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Justin Masterson had his best game in more than two months Wednesday at Miami.
Insight: In his previous 13 starts, Masterson had posted a 7.74 ERA in 57 innings, but he was sharp Wednesday. He allowed three hits and didn't walk a batter over seven scoreless innings. If he gets his stuff in order the sinkerballer could really go on a roll for the Cardinals, who have a much better infield defense than Cleveland.
 
Cold8/8/2014 9:20:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Justin Masterson walked three and gave up five runs on seven hits (two homers) in two innings Friday at Baltimore.
Insight: In two starts with the Cardinals, Masterson has put 20 men on base and allowed 10 earned runs in eight innings. In his last 13 starts, Masterson has posted a 7.74 ERA in 57 innings. It's time to move on.
 
Cold8/1/2014 5:50:00 PM
Description: Justin Masterson will make his Cardinals debut on Saturday against Milwaukee.
Insight: Masterson was shipped from Cleveland to St. Louis earlier this week. He 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, and St. Louis' defense should help the ground-ball pitcher. Cleveland ranks last in baseball in UZR this season while the Cardinals rank eighth.
 
Cold7/30/2014 2:46:00 PM
Description: According to Peter Gammons of MLB.com, the Cardinals will acquire Justin Masterson from the Indians for prospect James Ramsey.
Insight: Masterson is on the disabled list with a knee injury, but he is ready to return. He 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, and St. Louis' defense should help the ground-ball pitcher. Cleveland ranks last in baseball in UZR this season while the Cardinals rank eighth.
 
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.