At the start of play Friday night, Indians pitchers had walked 148 batters this season. Among American League teams, only Toronto (151) had walked more. Making that statistic even more distressing for the Indians is that the top two starters in their rotation both rank in the top three in the league in walks.
No. 2 starter Ubaldo Jimenez leads the league in walks and No. 1 starter Justin Masterson is tied for third in the league in walks. On Friday night, the Indians' four-game winning streak was halted with a 3-2 loss to the Miami Marlins. All three of Miami's runs were scored by runners who reached base on walks.
Masterson, the Indians' starting pitcher Friday, walked three batters in seven innings, and two of the three scored. Overall, Indians pitchers walked four batters, three of them leading off an inning, two of those being the Marlins' No. 9 hitter.
Walks have plagued both Masterson and Jimenez all season. It's a big reason why the two pitchers have gotten off to such poo...