Originally written March 14, 2013 on Burning River Baseball:
There was nobody raising their eyebrows when Terry Francona announced that Justin Masterson would be the opening day starter when the Indians start the season in Toronto. With a starting rotation that is less than stellar on paper, selecting Masterson was the right choice entering the season. He stands to be important if this year’s Indians are to make a run for the playoffs. Masterson, who seems he has been in the majors forever, will probably be there for a while longer, as he’s only 27 and as he’s demonstrated that he can throw 200 reasonable innings every year. But is Masterson a true number 1 starter?    From watching him pitch since his rookie year in 2008, we have a pretty good idea of the Justin Masterson skillset. He’s got a big, lanky, sweeping motion and he leans heavily on a low-90s sinker. As demonstrated last season against the Royals in Kansas City, he will sometimes go entire games without throwing anything else. Masterson keeps the ball on the ground, he str...
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