After watching Ubaldo Jimenez on Tuesday, I was happy to know Justin Masterson would be taking the hill in this game. In the last five games the Indians had only scored more than two runs once, Saturday’s 9-4 victory over Chicago. With the offense scuffling, a strong starting pitching performance seemed necessary to give the team a chance to even up the series.
The Whole Nine
1. I’ve watched Justin Masterson closely all year, and despite the final product, I didn’t think his stuff was that bad in this game. If you just looked at the box score you would be concerned about the 11 hits over five innings, but it wasn’t as bad as it seems. He left more balls up in the zone than previous starts, but the Red Sox hitters hit some great pitches and had some luck in others finding a hole. I don’t think this start changes anything. Masterson still looks very good.
2. One thing that should be noted is that John Farrell packed the Red Sox lineup with six left-handed hitters a...