// Justin Masterson

Masterson Masterful; Sox Bullpen Battered in Defeat

The Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians continued their four-game series Wednesday night at Progressive Field. The Red Sox had won both of the first two games of the series and were going for the series victory. On the hill for the Red Sox was Clay Buchholz, who coming into the game was tied for […]

Strikeouts for Cheap

In a standard 5×5 league, strikeouts are extremely important. Heck, it is 1/5 of your pitching stats. Even in expanded formats, you could be trying to get K/9. So, free agency will usually only have those high strikeout rates in the form of relief pitchers. Where do you find those stud starting pitchers for bargain […]

Masterson Gets New Opportunity With Indians

Remember that commercial for Olympia Sports where Justin Masterson gets in a taxi and the driver gushes about him? Well for now, those days are over. As part of the trade that put Victor Martinez in a Red Sox Jersey, Masterson was the odd man out. He now finds himself in Cleveland in a role […]

Indians Trade Catcher Victor Martinez to Red Sox, LaRoche Dealt to Atlanta

After days of speculation and with just minutes to spare, Boston.com reports that the Cleveland Indians have finally traded All-Star catcher Victor Martinez to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for pitchers Justin Masterson, Nick Hagadone, and Bryan Price. Right after that, the Sox dealt newly acquired 1B Adam LaRoche to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for 1B Casey […]

Nomar Returns, Sox to Send Five to All-Star Game

This past week saw some exciting events from the All-Star selections to return of a Fenway favorite for the first time in nearly five years. The Red Sox had a complete homestand this week as they finished their series against the Mariners and had visits from the Oakland Athletics and the Kansas City Royals. The […]

Sox Offense Dominates Early as Smoltz Gets First Win

John Smoltz pitched five strong innings to record his first win in a Red Sox uniform and Kevin Youkilis belted two home runs as the Sox punished Kansas City’s pitching for a 15-9 win. The game was all Boston from the start, as the offense scored nine runs in the first four innings. Youkilis, Jason Varitek and […]

A “Royal” Disappointment: Red Sox Lose Again at Fenway

The Red Sox dropped the ball again last night with their first game against the Kansas City Royals, blowing a four-run lead that led to the 8-6 loss at Fenway. It started out with a bang. David Ortiz blasted his 300th career homer for two runs, and the Sox were up 3-0 at the end […]

Big Papi is Back as Sox Avoid Sweep Against Mariners, 8-4

It started to look like the Red Sox were going to find themselves on the losing end once more against the Seattle Mariners, until an exciting seventh inning broke open the game for the Sox, carrying them to an 8-4 win. The Sox avoided their first sweep at Fenway Park this season, and, coupled with […]

Red Sox Blow 10-1 Lead, Make History in Process

It was a tale of two halves. The Sox dominated then blew a nine-run lead en route to a 11-10 loss to the Orioles, in the largest comeback in Orioles history and the second largest blown save in Red Sox history. Baltimore scored five runs in both the seventh and eighth inning as the Orioles […]

Ellsbury Knocks Home Winning Run in Extras

Entering Friday’s game, Jon Lester was on quite a roll. He was coming off two straight wins, with 22 strikeouts over 16 innings. It seems that Jon Lester has finally found his form of 2008, except the 2009 version may be even better. Lester was magnificent Friday night against the Phillies, becoming the first Red […]

Justin Masterson Bullpen Bound

According to a Boston.com story, Justin Masterson looks to be headed to the bullpen with the impending return of Daisuke Matsuzaka this week. After his outing against the Mariners, Fracona said: “He was good,” manager Terry Francona said. “He made some pitches. He kept his pitch count down where we could manage the bullpen. I […]

Green’s Error Blows Game Against M’s

The Red Sox and Mariners were locked in a tight 2-2 game in the ninth inning Sunday night. Ramon Ramirez was on the hill, backed by a spotless 4-0 record in a great start to his Red Sox career. With two outs, No. 9 hitter Ronny Cedeno was at the plate, and it appeared the […]

Indians Rough Up Masterson, Win 9-2

First, let me address news that Jerry Remy is suffering from complications due to recent lung cancer surgery. I’ve been watching the Red Sox for some 15 years, and about 99% of the games were announced by Remy as the color-commentator. To me, he embodies Red Sox Nation, and he will be sorely missed. I […]

Rays Pound Masterson, Beat Sox Again

Justin Masterson has pitched well lately for the Red Sox. So well, in fact, that many called for him to remain in the rotation even when Daisuke Matsuzaka returns from injury. His start Friday night against began well with four scoreless innings. With a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning, the wheels fell off the […]

Red Sox Sweep Orioles to Win First Series of Season

Boston’s second week picked up just as the first left off, dropping two of three this time against the A’s. However, the Red Sox emphatically won their first series of the season with a sweep, four games no less, of the Orioles at Fenway. In recent years, there has been no better cure to Red […]