Toronto on tap for Masterson, Indians

After leading the playoff-qualifying Cleveland Indians with 14 victories in 2013, Justin Masterson hasn't done much to help a rotation that has been one of the majors' worst so far this season. Perhaps he'll be able to turn things around against a Toronto Blue Jays team that he's dominated in his Cleveland career. Masterson looks to help the Indians win for only the...
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2 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Tribe rotation and its (early) noisy signals

Have you heard that it’s early yet and you shouldn’t make too much of small sample sizes? Well, it is!  And you shouldn’t! But not making a big deal out of stuff doesn’t pay the bills around here, so we’re going to do it anyway, suckers. The Indians rotation has been, for lack of better phraseology, somewhat unique this season.  On the one hand, they’re striking people...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians-Tigers series opener postponed

DETROIT -- For the third time in two weeks, an Indians game has been postponed. The Tribe's series opener at Detroit was called off due to inclement weather throughout the Midwest. Snow was falling at Comerica Park a couple hours before the scheduled first pitch and the forecasted low was supposed to be 25 degrees. "When I came out of the hotel and I hate to say this, I...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
2 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Second Tier AL Starting Pitchers

The second tier list in the National League was a mixed bag. We saw a cross between pitchers that some people would think would be tier one guys and guys that some people thought would be tier three guys. So, going through both lists was fun just to see what big names might fall out either way. Tier two pitchers are pitchers that finished with a fair run average (FRA) between 4.00...
Via The Fantasy Fix
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Both Tigers and Indians hoping to use upcoming series to get on track

Neither the Tigers nor the Indians are exactly rolling as they prepare to face each other for the first time this season. As the three-game series gets set to open on Tuesday at Comerica Park, the Tribe has dropped five of their last six while the Tigers are 2-4 since opening the season with four straight wins. Even though it is early, Detroit leads the division with the Indians...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Tribe Weekend Recap: Masterson’s ill-timed stinker, the Carrasco conundrum, Asdrubal’s impatience, and roster decisions

The Cleveland Indians took two of three from the San Diego Padres and headed to Chicago for a four-game set with the team they owned last year, the White Sox. A 17-2 season-series was never going to happen again, especially with the off-season improvements the South Siders have made. We saw a lot of that this weekend with Adam Eaton and Jose Abreu looking like potential thorns in...
Via Waiting For Next Year
4 days ago  |  Discuss

DraftKings: Max Out On Scherzer

Raise your hand if you got burned by Justin Masterson's last two starts. If you detect a touch of Old Spice deodorant and bitterness that's because I've got both of my arms straight up in the air on this one. Bet you're wondering how I can still type. That's a trade secret Sky taught me. I haven't been this mad at an Indian since I caught my neighbor Joe Charboneau...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Second Thoughts Game #12: Indians 12, White Sox 6

For the Cleveland Indians and the fandom that follows them, Saturday's 12-6 victory was an oasis in what has been an offensive desert of a start. The team's offense had long been doing things within its control well, drawing walks at the third-best rate in the league, and it incurred strikeouts at the second-lowest rate in the league, but it had not actually hit the ball...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
5 days ago  |  Discuss

David Murphy, Ryan Raburn lead Cleveland Indians past White Sox, 12-6

Justin Masterson’s ownership of the White Sox is apparently over, but Ryan Raburn still has his name on their lease. That’s a good thing for the Indians, who scrambled to a 12-6 victory Saturday over Chicago at windswept U.S. Cellular Field. Masterson went 4-0 against Chicago last year. Two victories were complete-game shutouts, but that was then and this is a new season. On...
Via Pro Sports Daily
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Opening Day Master

While Tribe starter Justin Masterson was certainly roughed up in Sunday’s start against the Twins, nothing can be taken away from his dominating performance last Monday night in Oakland while most of us in Ohio were sleeping.  Granted, Masterson did ... Read More
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Does Justin Masterson’s performance against the Twins show why the Cleveland Indians didn’t get a deal done with him?

The Cleveland Indians lost 2 out of the 3 games they played against the Minnesota Twins. The Tribe sent their ace, Justin Masterson to the mound in game three and he was rocked for 7 hits and 6 runs in the 3-2/3′s he pitched. Masterson and the Indians were unable to get a long term deal done before the start of the 2014 season. The Indians refused to come to terms with a deal that...
Via Cleveland Sports 360
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Starting pitching woes continue, Twins edge Tribe, 9-7

CLEVELAND— It was a rocky roller coaster ride that left your head spinning. A very winnable series turned sour Sunday, as Indians starters continue to struggle early on in 2014. After an up and down seesaw battle, Minnesota edged the Tribe, 9-7 to win the three-game weekend series. For the fifth straight game, and third time this series, the Cleveland offense played from behind...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Rotation'€™s struggles continue with uncharacteristic outing by Masterson

Justin Masterson and the Indians' rotation still winless for the season
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Rotation'€™s struggles continue with uncharacteristic outing by Masterson

Six games into the season, the Cleveland Indians are 3-3, but the rotation is still searching for its first win. Many thought it would have happened on Sunday when staff ace Justin Masterson took the hill to face the Twins in the finale of a weekend series. Instead, the right-hander had his worst outing in nearly two years. In 3 2/3 innings of the 10-7 loss to Minnesota, Masterson...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
11 days ago  |  Discuss

DraftKings: It’s The Masters, Son

The golf geeks will flock to Augusta this week for the year's first Major, but who wants to watch a bunch of dudes in plaid pants chase after a ball with a crooked stick when we have this. While senior citizens everywhere gear up for an exciting week in golf, I'll be settling in to watch my boy Justin Masterson today. This is my first DraftKings post. The last time I bet...
Via Razzball
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Gameday Live: Indians vs Twins 4/6

Welcome to Indians Gameday Live! GAMEDAY INFO Opponent: Minnesota Twins Where: Progressive Field TV: SportsTime Ohio Starting Pitchers: Justin Masterson (0-0) vs. Ricky Nolasco (0-1) Game preview: Click here GAMEDAY CHAT
Via Fox Sports Ohio
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Masterson vs. Nolasco in Indians-Twins finale

Justin Masterson was pleased with how he started 2014 while Ricky Nolasco didn't feel the same way about how his season debut went. Both these starters, however, are searching for their first victories Sunday as Masterson's Cleveland Indians meet Nolasco and the visiting Minnesota Twins in the finale of this three-game set. Masterson yielded three hits over seven innings...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Second Thoughts: Opening series pros and cons

Baseball is back.  It can't be summed up any better than that. After a long and especially unpleasant winter, the boys of summer have returned and are about to make their way back to Cleveland as the Indians finally return from the West Coast, where they spent spring training and the first series of the regular season. In Oakland, the Tribe didn't exactly play flawless baseball...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts on Opening Day for the Cleveland Indians

The Cleveland Indians kicked off the season on a good note with a 2-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics.  Opening Day is only one game and one cannot read too much into it, but it’s one of the best days of the year for baseball fans, with every team having at least a glimmer of hope for a better season than the last one. So with that said, let’s opine on Opening Day. 1. Opening...
Via Cleveland Sports Chat
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Masterson, bullpen help Indians blank A's in opener

OAKLAND -- For the second time in three years, Justin Masterson pitched great on Opening Day and did not earn a decision. The biggest difference though is that this time the bullpen was able to deliver the win. Not that there weren't a few nervous moments throughout the way. There are many adjectives that can describe the Tribe's 2-0 win over the Athletics at the O.co Coliseum...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Masterson set to start Indians' opener

OAKLAND -- After having one of the best springs for a pitcher, Justin Masterson is hoping that carries into the regular season. For the third straight year, the right-hander will take the hill in the Indians' opener. The past two years Masterson's foe has been Toronto. Tonight it is Oakland in an opening series that matches two teams that made the postseason last year. "...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
18 days ago  |  Discuss

The Value of Justin Masterson and the Cleveland Indians

The Cleveland Indians open the 2014 season with new expectations despite many questions. The Indians’ 25-man roster will look different than the group that won 92 games and lost the American League Wild Card game to the Tampa Bay Rays. While the ... Read More
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Orbiting Cleveland: Discussing the Masterson case

t's now been over a week since news broke that the negotiations between the Cleveland Indians and Justin Masterson fell through. It's been a polarizing topic for Indians' fans since then as many seem to believe a deal should have gotten done. The IBI's Jim Pete, Michael Hattery and Steve Orbanek also have some thoughts on the topic, and they share them this week...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Masterson, Indians top Brewers 10-3

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Justin Masterson continued his dominating spring and the offense broke out of its lull as the Indians broke a three-game losing streak with a 10-3 win over Milwaukee. Masterson finished the spring by limiting the Brewers to a run and three hits over 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander also struck out five and walked two. In 24 2/3 innings and six starts, Masterson...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians, Kipnis set Opening Day as deadline for contract extension talks

While much of the focus has been on Justin Masterson and his impending free agency, All-Star second basemand Jason Kipnis has set Opening Day as the deadline for the Indians to come to the table with a reasonable contract extension that would conceivably lock him up beyond his impending arbitration years. “Our goal is always to have contract matters resolved before the start of...
Via Waiting For Next Year
24 days ago  |  Discuss

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