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Justin Masterson shuts out the Yankees in 1-0 Indians win

May 13, 2013, 2:51 PM EDT

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Cleveland and New York are playing a doubleheader today and the Indians took Game 1 behind a complete-game shutout by Justin Masterson, who improves to 6-2 with a 3.14 ERA on the season. Jason Kipnis‘ solo homer in the first inning ended up being the only scoring in a 1-0 game.

Masterson’s complete-game shutout is just the eighth thrown against the Yankees since 2005:

Justin Masterson     2013
Felix Hernandez      2012
Dan Haren            2011
Felix Hernandez      2010
Roy Halladay         2009
Roy Halladay         2008
Jon Lester           2008
Roy Halladay         2005

Masterson previously shut out the White Sox on April 21, so he now has two of the American League’s eight shutouts this year.

  1. Kevin S. - May 13, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Hat tip to Masterson, who just absolutely dominated today. That’s some elite company he put himself in there.

  2. rickdobrydney - May 13, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Great game by Masterson—– However , if I knew I would be facing the likes of Stewart, Nelson, Joseph, Gonzales, Nix, and Boesch, I might dominate as well……

    • bigharold - May 13, 2013 at 3:53 PM

      This line up is pretty representative of this season’s Yankee line up which had them at 10 games over .500 and in first place in the AL East.

      Masterson was on it today. Phelps didn’t do to poorly himself, 6.2 IP one ER. Masterson was just better.

    • scoocha - May 13, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      Absolutely right. This is typical Girardi where he sits all of his players because they’ve won 5 games in a row. I don’t know if he feels bad for winning or something?

      • Kevin S. - May 13, 2013 at 5:50 PM

        Or maybe it’s because they’re playing a straight double-header during a stretch of eighteen games in seventeen days? That’s typical manager-who-doesn’t-want-to-burn-his-team-out.

      • Kevin Gillman - May 13, 2013 at 6:44 PM

        Francona rested many of his starters in Game 2 as well. They both did what most managers would do when they have to play a double header.

  3. Brian Murphy - May 13, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    This list might be updated again soon. The Yankees start a series with the Mariners tomorrow, and guess who they will be facing in the series opener?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 13, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      Possible, but it wasn’t hard to see what was coming with Masterson (LHP) pitching today. Yanks against:

      LHP – .221/.291/.350
      RHP – .274/.339/.467

      Still pitched a great game, but holy crap the Yanks need to get some right hand power back.

      • CrimsonTribe - May 13, 2013 at 3:35 PM

        Look at the picture at the top of the post (or anywhere else on the internet). Masterson is right-handed.

      • isaidallo - May 13, 2013 at 3:41 PM

        Masterson is a RHP

      • Kevin S. - May 13, 2013 at 5:51 PM

        Masterson is a RHP with a wicked reverse platoon split.

      • Detroit Michael - May 13, 2013 at 6:37 PM

        Huh? Masterson does NOT have a wicked platoon split. Career splits (excluding today):
        RHP vs RHB: 2.79 K/BB ratio, 605 OPS
        RHP vs LHB: 1.46 K/BB ratio, 793 OPS

        Guys with a low arm angle tend to have extreme platoon splits, not reverse platoon splits.

      • Detroit Michael - May 13, 2013 at 6:38 PM

        I meant does not have a wicked REVERSE platoon split.

        [Need an edit function]

  4. 18thstreet - May 13, 2013 at 3:47 PM


  5. blantoncollier - May 13, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Attention all media–please pay no attention to the baseball team that plays in Cleveland. Stay away. Do not jinx this team.

  6. proudlycanadian - May 13, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    The Yankees have a big lead in game 2, so if the Tigers win tonight, they will move back into sole possession of first place in the AL Central Division.

    • Kevin Gillman - May 13, 2013 at 6:45 PM

      Yup, on May 13th. Congratulations.

  7. kollin7 - May 13, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Patting myself on the pack for drafting him late in my fantasy league. Was questioning the pick right after the draft, but he’s been fantastic this year.

  8. janessa31888 - May 14, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    Thank you, Red Sox, for trading him to us. He was very inconsistent last year, but then everybody on the Indians staff was. He ‘s one of my favorite players on the Indians. Glad to see hes turning it around.

    • Kevin Gillman - May 14, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      I think it’s true he was hurt, and he never told anyone. Plus I just think he knows his role on the team, and that is leader of the pitching staff. Just on the mound, he looks much more confident this season than last. He’s been fun to watch.

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