Justin Masterson SP BOS 7 days ago

Masterson struck out six and walked three while holding the Orioles to one run on three hits over five innings en route to his second win of the season Monday.

Although he struggled to get ahead of hitters in Monday's start (eight first-pitch strikes to 21 batters faced), Masterson avoided damage getting outs on the ground and missing bats while working around the trio of walks. As part of a two-start week, Masterson will face the Orioles again Saturday at Camden Yards.

Justin Masterson SP BOS 2 weeks ago

Masterson gave up seven earned runs on eight hits and three walks with four strikeouts in 4.2 innings Tuesday against the Nationals.

This was pretty disappointing following Masterson's strong first start of the season against the Phillies last week. Of course, that may be the problem. In his first outing he was facing one of the worst lineups in baseball and Tuesday he faced the team that was favored in the preseason to represent the National League in the World Series. Boston has too many young internal options to allow Masterson to languish in the rotation if Tuesday's outing becomes a trend. He will have a chance to bounce back Monday against the Orioles, but it might be best to take a wait-and-see approach in most formats.

Justin Masterson SP BOS 3 weeks ago

Masterson allowed two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out seven in Thursday night's 6-2 win over Philadelphia. He threw 95 pitches, 64 for strikes.

Masterson was given a six-run lead in the third inning, which helped, but he was on point Thursday. In addition to the seven strikeouts, he induced seven ground ball outs and threw strikes with all of his pitches. Not every night will be this good, but Masterson's pitching for a team with a good offense and six runs will be good enough to get a win most nights.

Justin Masterson SP BOS 3 weeks ago

Masterson will start the third game of the season against the Phillies.

Masterson slots in behind Clay Buchholz and Rick Porcello in Boston's rotation.

Justin Masterson SP BOS 4 weeks ago

Masterson allowed one run on five hits and a walk while striking out four in 5.2 innings in Monday night's game against the Twins.

Masterson was able to extend himself a bit, getting up and down six times and throwing close to 100 pitches. He's made a case for himself to be the No. 3 starter behind Clay Buchholz and Rick Porcello.

Justin Masterson SP BOS 1 month ago

Masterson threw 80 pitches over five innings against minor-league competition Wednesday, the Providence Journal reports.

Masterson had a rocky first inning, giving up four runs to the Single-A hitters, but settled in after that. He said he felt strong -- better than he did in his last outing. There's still an issue of reduced velocity this spring, but Masterson feels he's nearly ready for the regular season.

Justin Masterson SP BOS 1 month ago

Masterson allowed one run on four hits and two walks while striking out one in four innings against Baltimore on Friday.

Masterson bounced back from an unsettling outing his last time out, inducing nine groundball outs, but his fastball velocity still isn't up to where it was in 2013. Various reports indicate different velocity figures, but he sat in the high-80s for most of the game and dialed up on pitch to 92 mph. He threw 76 pitches Friday and has two or three more starts. He felt he was better Friday but still needs the work to iron out the heater.

Justin Masterson SP BOS 1 month ago

Masterson had trouble finding his arm slot Sunday and gave up six runs on seven hits and two walks in 3.1 innings in a game against the Phillies, WEEI.com reports.

With his arm slot off, Masterson couldn't establish normal velocity and was susceptible to left-handed hitters who hit two homers off him. But only in baseball can someone come out of a performance like that with optimism. Masterson said he feels much better this season than he did last year at this time.

Justin Masterson SP BOS 2 months ago

Masterson logged three scoreless innings, striking out four while not surrendering a hit in Tuesday's game against the Rays.

The Rays had a split-squad day Tuesday and sent the B-teamers to Fort Myers, so Masterson's sterling effort needs to be viewed in that context. Still, the right-hander has tossed five scoreless innings to date. With some expected tweaks coming to the rotation, Masterson is line to pitch the third game of the season in Philadelphia.

Justin Masterson SP BOS 2 months ago

Masterson made his spring training debut Friday night, giving up one unearned run on one hit and a walk in two innings against Miami, WEEI.com reports.

Masterson kept his sinker down for the most part and induces groundball outs. He's happy where he's at this spring, a marked difference from last season when he didn't feel right after suffering an oblique injury in 2013.