Without dwelling too much on another disappointing performance by the Indians’ offense on Tuesday, I’ll just say that entering the series this is the game that seemed most winnable. Justin Masterson takes the hill against Paul Maholm, who recently returned from the disabled list and has just a 4.45 ERA on the season. With a series against Detroit and Baltimore looming, the Indians need a big start from Justin Masterson and the offense to break out its month-long funk.
The Whole Nine
1. It wasn’t particularly pretty, but Justin Masterson did what the Indians needed him to do. He gave the team six strong innings and despite struggling with his control throughout, limited the Braves to just two runs in the second inning. Masterson has really done a great job this entire season in working out of jams. In his last two starts Masterson has allowed ten walks in 14.2 innings, but has given up only three runs, in part due to 13 strikeouts over the same period. That’s seem...