Trying to figure out Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Justin Masterson is a major project for his fantasy baseball owners as perhaps no pitcher in baseball can be so good at times, yet so bad at others.
However the time has come to no longer consider Masterson as an option in mixed leagues.
Actually that time likely came a while ago but I was trying to be patient with Masterson.
The bad Masterson once again showed up in Fenway Park on Friday night, as he lasted only two innings while giving up five earned runs on three hits and a disturbing four walks while not registering a strikeout in a loss to the Boston Red Sox.
It appeared that Masterson had gotten his control problems under control, as he had walked only two in his previous outing, but he was back to his wild ways on Friday as he was all over the place.
Masterson’s ERA rose to 5.05 after this pounding and his utter lack of control means he should be off your roster, if he wasn’t already.
His 11.0 percent rate is very ugly and 1.5 points higher than his 2013 rate.
Masterson is simply too inconsistent to use in mixed leagues, even though he pitched seven shutout innings against this same Red Sox team two starts ago.
He should be benched or released and shouldn’t be considered a candidate to bounce back in the second half of the season until he can regain the command of the strike zone he possessed last year when he won 14 games and posted a 3.45 ERA.