Latest Update Masterson settles for no-decision Monday Tue Aug, 19, 02:52 AM
Can be masterful at times, and his drop-down-to-the-side arm angle can be really difficult to pick up for right-handed batters. Has strikeout ability. Induces plenty of groundballs.
Flaws: : Must work on harnessing his pitches better, because at times he loses command and release point. Also needs to reduce his number of free passes and become more consistent, in general.
Masterson has now allowed four or more runs in three of his four starts since the trade to St. Louis. He is scheduled to start Sunday in Philadelphia, there is no reason to play him in that game outside of NL-only leagues.Analyst: Steve Pimental
After giving up 10 earned runs over his first two starts with the Cardinals, Masterson settled down on Wednesday, tossing seven scoreless innings. He is now 2-1 since being traded away from Cleveland and will need to keep up the pace to help the Cardinals keep their post season hopes alive. Masterson will take his 2-1 record back to St. Louis when he takes on the Reds in his next start on Monday.Analyst: Matthew Beck
Masterson has now coughed up 10 earned runs through his first two starts since joining the Cardinals, which is certainly not the start they wanted to see from their new arrival. Through 21 starts this season, Masterson has been very unimpressive, owning a 5.94 ERA and 1.72 WHIP while maintaining a sub-par 99:62 K:BB rate over 106.0 innings. The Cardinals are known for being able to turn around a struggling pitcher, but until we see that happen Masterson has no business being in starting lineups. He will look to get back on track when he takes on the Marlins on Wednesday.Analyst: Matthew Beck
What else is new for Masterson? Many hoped that the trade to St. Louis would "fix" Masterson, and while there's still hope of that happening, his 4.02 xFIP hints that although he likely won't rebound to his 2013 performance, his 5.63 ERA should lower. Analyst: Ben Diamond