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Justin Masterson’s Near No-Hitter Shows his Elite Status in MLB

Justin Masterson

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY

Some doubt that Justin Masterson is just as elite as other big name ace starting pitchers in Major League Baseball. I honestly do not know why this is. He might not have the same track record that Justin Verlander has but we aren’t talking about career marks here, just what they are doing this season. Masterson has been an elite pitcher all year long, leading the majors for most of the season in complete games and he has a few shutouts as well.

On Sunday Masterson went a long way towards proving just how good he is by taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning. It was broken up by a bloop hit and he eventually gave up one run and didn’t come back after the seventh inning. Still it goes to show how dominant Masterson can be. Whether or not everyone puts him in the league with the best starters in the majors, I’m sure the Cleveland Indians do. Each and every time he goes to the mound they have a great chance to win and he has a pretty good chance at a dominant start.

If that isn’t elite, I don’t know what is. Add to that he is a work horse. His 142.1 innings pitched is fifth best in all of baseball. Among those five pitchers he has more complete games. His WHIP and ERA are right up there with the top five of all of baseball. How high do your stats have to rank to be considered elite anyway? For my money Masterson is as good as it gets and he proved it again on Sunday. Maybe he’ll throw a perfect game soon and take care of the doubts of everyone.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google Plus.