Sun Sentinel
Cleveland Indians
Career W-L
53-63
 
Career ERA
4.06
Name  Justin Masterson
Born  3/22/1985
Height  6-6
Weight  250
Number  63
Position  SP
Bats  R
Throws  R
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.
 
Hot7/27/2013 10:10:00 PM
Description: Cleveland starter Justin Masterson outpitched Yu Darvish Saturday in a battle of righthanded aces.
Insight: Masterson (12-7, 3.42 ERA) surrendered just five hits in 7 2/3 shutout innings. He's been phenomenal over his past three outings, compiling a 1.27 ERA in 21 1/3 frames over that span.
 
7/21/2013 7:09:00 PM
Description: Indians starter Justin Masterson one-hit the Twins over seven innings Sunday.
Insight: Masterson (11-7, 3.60 ERA) didn't walk a batter and struck out eight while allowing one earned run. The right-hander walked nine batters over his last two starts of the first half and came into Sunday's start with a 3.59 BB/9.
 
7/5/2013 10:28:00 PM
Description: Cleveland righthander Justin Masterson was beat up on Friday night, giving up seven hits and six earned runs over 4 2/3 innings.
Insight: Masterson's drive for a spot on the All-Star roster spot, he has 10 wins this season, took a hit. He still leads the AL in starts and innings pitched and is striking out more than a batter an inning.
 
6/30/2013 6:25:00 PM
Description: Cleveland righthander Justin Masterson reached double-digit victories with his win over the White Sox on Sunday.
Insight: Masterson blanked the Chi Sox for his third shutout of the season, picking up eight strikeouts in the process. So far this year, he's 10-6 with a 3.48 ERA and 125 K's in 18 starts. If that isn't enough for Masterson to earn his first All-Star invite we don't know what is.
 
6/25/2013 10:08:00 PM
Description: Indians starter Justin Masterson took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh Tuesday at Baltimore but served up two homers and allowed five runs in the frame.
Insight: Masterson was trying to become baseball's sixth man to reach 10 wins this season. He's now 9-6 with a 3.76 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. The right-hander has a career-high 9.16 K/9.
 
6/14/2013 10:27:00 PM
Description: Indians starter Justin Masterson got back on track Friday with a strong outing against the Nationals.
Insight: Masterson (8-5, 3.52 ERA) surrendered just two hits and one earned run in seven innings. He leads the team with 102 strikeouts this season.
 
6/8/2013 12:40:00 PM
Description: Cleveland righty Justin Masterson has been scratched from his Saturday start. Carlos Carrasco will start instead.
Insight: Masterson will have his start pushed back ine day to Sunday.
 
Hot5/19/2013 5:31:00 PM
Description: Cleveland righty Justin Masterson (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 11 K's, 2 BB) outdueled Felix Hernandez Sunday in a battle of American League aces.
Insight: Sunday was Masterson's seventh win of the season. The 28-year-old hasn't allowed a run in his last two outings.
 
5/13/2013 7:55:00 PM
Description: Indians righthander Justin Masterson baffled the Yankees Monday for his second shutout of the season.
Insight: Masterson (6-2, 3.14 ERA) matched a season-high with nine strikeouts. He leads the majors with six wins in his first nine starts.
 
5/8/2013 9:34:00 PM
Description: Cleveland starter Justin Masterson fired seven innings and allowed four hits and three runs, walked two and struck out seven Wednesday against the Athletics to improve his record to 5-2.
Insight: Masterson allowed 17 hits and 12 earned runs and walked six batters over his last 13 innings, but otherwise has been pretty effective this year. He has a 3.67 ERA, a 3.28 FIP and a 73.8 LOB%, and has increased his K/9 from 6.94 to 8.50 since last year.
 
Cold4/28/2013 5:39:00 PM
Description: Cleveland starter Justin Masterson had his worst start of the season Sunday against the Royals, giving up nine hits and seven earned runs and walking four in 6 1/3 innings.
Insight: Masterson did strike out nine, giving him 39 K and 17 BB in 40 1/3 innings. He has a 3.12 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP this year.