Honeymoon is Over For Justin Masterson, Cleveland Indians

By Devin O'Barr
Justin Masterson walks off of the mound
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Every since Justin Masterson‘s days in MLB began, he has been a guy who is penciled in as a contender for the AL Cy Young Award every season. The Cleveland Indians‘ ace has been leaps and bounds better in 2013, but Cleveland must understand that its prime-time pitcher is fading more and more each day.

For example, in his last two starts, Masterson has allowed a combined total of 11 earned runs — no wonder the Indians have dropped eight in a row.

It’s no secret that the AL Central is a weak division, but the Indians’ pitching staff has got to be better if the club hopes to be in contention come the end of the season. The success of the team begins and ends with Masterson — despite fanning over 95 batters in 2013 already, hitters are starting to rip into the Masterson mystique.

The New York Yankees‘ offense pelted Masterson in his second-to-last outing as the Indians’ starter was shelled for seven earned runs. Unfortunately, this drubbing has apparently left a bad taste in the mouth of Masterson who followed up his start against the Yankees with a second straight loss to the Detroit Tigers. The aforementioned teams know how to score on even the most potent pitchers, so a lot of people have taken Masterson’s last two starts with a grain of salt.

However, this is a path that the Indians’ ace goes down each and every year. Maybe it’s his larger build, but Masterson has been mightily inconsistent throughout his brief major league career. As the summer months wear on, Cleveland has to be weary about its number-one starter losing his flare.

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