The Cleveland Indians will try to overcome Tuesday night’s loss after an emotional Boston Red Sox team won 7-2. To do this, the Indians will be sending starting pitcher Justin Masterson to the mound. The right-hander will be attempting to become the first pitcher this season to record four wins.
Masterson has been phenomenal in his first three starts of the 2013 Major League Baseball season. He has allowed only one earned run on 10 hits while striking out 20 batters in 22 innings. Only one starting pitcher in all of baseball has been better than him so far and that is Paul Maholm of the very talented Atlanta Braves.
The 28-year-old has posted 19 consecutive innings without giving up a run, including his complete game shutout against the Chicago White Sox on April 12. Masterson earned that victory, as his teammates were only able to muster one run in walk-off fashion.
Even though the Red Sox have been playing very well through their first 13 games this season, Masterson has a good chance of coming away with his fourth victory. The sinkerball pitcher will be going up against Boston right-hander Alfredo Aceves. The 30-year-old has only made one start this season as he is filling in for the injured John Lackey.
Aceves has posted a 6.75 ERA with nine strikeouts and 9 1/3 innings in three outings. It is not as if he does not have the stuff to handle the Indians, it is just that Masterson will be too great to overcome. The fact that Aceves has surrendered at least two runs in all three appearances, including two in 2/3 of an inning against the New York Yankees on April 3, does not bode well for the Red Sox.
Expect to see Masterson be exceptional as usual and dominate Boston’s hitters.