Covering the Bases: Game 63

Major League Bastian


Indians 2, Pirates…

FIRST: Now that is the Justin Masterson the Indians have been waiting to see.

Against the Pirates on Friday night, Big Masty brought his nasty and blanked Pittsburgh for seven stellar innings. Masterson struck out nine, scattered four hits, walked three and hit a batter in the 109-pitch (70 strikes) performance. It was easily his best outing since Opening Day (8 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 10 K vs. Toronto).

What is encouraging is not just Friday’s showing, though. What has the Indians excited right now is the fact that Masterson has pieced together his best three-start stretch of the season. Over his last three outings, the righty has posted a 1.80 ERA with 18 strikeouts and six walks over 20 innings.

What was working against the Pirates? Well, everything. Masterson was getting ahead in the count with his sinker  and four-seamer (which topped out at…

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