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Justin Masterson may get bumped from Cardinals’ rotation

Aug 25, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

Justin Masterson Cardinals AP

So far at least a change of scenery hasn’t done Justin Masterson any good. He had a 5.51 ERA in 19 starts for the Indians and now he has a 7.43 ERA in five starts for the Cardinals.

Masterson failed to make it out of the fourth inning Sunday against the Phillies, allowing five runs while recording nine outs, and Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch writes that “the staff will have to reconsider his spot in the rotation” if his next scheduled start Saturday goes poorly as well.

St. Louis added both Masterson and John Lackey at the trade deadline and the two veteran starters have combined to post a 6.38 ERA in 48 innings. Lackey is signed through 2015, but Masterson is an impending free agent whose likely market value has plummeted.

  1. chip56 - Aug 25, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Yeesh…his agent is going to earn his percentage spinning this over the winter.

  2. historiophiliac - Aug 25, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Here comes Trevor!

    • beepbeepbeeplgb - Aug 25, 2014 at 3:45 PM

      lol that was good. i hated when they tweeted that when he was good, now it’s even worse.

    • fearlessleader - Aug 25, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      Dammit, historio! You KNOW that sends me into DTs!

      • historiophiliac - Aug 25, 2014 at 4:57 PM

        he he

        That was for you. 😉

  3. SocraticGadfly - Aug 25, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    “Reconsider,” hell. He ought to be taken out and flogged. There’s still a bit of time, Mo, to make that waiver claim on Colon!

  4. janessa31888 - Aug 25, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Wow. Justin has turned into Ubaldo 2.0. How sad.

  5. missingdiz - Aug 25, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    This is a bad patch. Miller can’t pitch every fifth game. Masterson can’t pitch at MLB level. Lackey is underachieving. Wacha isn’t well yet. And, worst of all, something’s not right with Wainwright. I don’t think Lyons can compensate for all that. At least Lynn is going well–but he can’t be a whole rotation.

  6. leroysbutler - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    Shouldn’t have traded away Kelly and Craig.

    • Paper Lions - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:29 AM

      Why not?

  7. cincinata - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    I can’t believe the cards finally woke up. I was happily counting the losses when it was his turn to pitch. It is good to see your main competition taking an automatic loss every five games. If we see him pitch again this season, it will be a very large laugh and I hope they start him in Cinti.

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