// Justin Masterson

Red Sox 2008 Bullpen Review

In my report card, I graded the bullpen a B- and ranked them as the worst of the four units of the team.  Jonathan Papelbon was the rock of this unit all season, as expected.  Justin Masterson, after his conversion from starter, was also an effective later inning option for Terry Francona.  However, too many […]

View from the Monster 7-7

The week began as the road trip continued through Tampa Bay.  This season’s series with the much improved Rays continued to belong to the home teams as the Red Sox were swept in Tampa Bay for the second time this season, falling to 6-6 against the Rays and extended the losing streak to match a […]

Sox Can’t Come Back in 9th; Yankees Win 2-1

Today’s game was a classic pitchers’ duel that saw Red Sox pitcher Justin Masterson at the wrong end. Despite giving up only two runs, Masterson pitched another good game, but Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina pitched a better one. Masterson pitched six innings giving up two runs on six hits with two strikeouts and two walks. […]

Sox Rally Falls Short Against Rays

In the first game since the teams brawled in Fenway, the Red Sox and Rays squared off. In the previous nine meetings, the home team won each game, with the Red Sox taking six games at home and the Rays taking three at home back in April. Monday’s game followed suit with Tampa Bay winning 5-4 […]

View from the Monster 6-30

The Red Sox are coming off a 3-3 week after taking two of three at home from the Diamondbacks and then dropping two of three in Houston to a rebuilding Astros team. More importantly, the Sox have dropped back into second place, a 1/2 game behind the Rays heading into the three game series in […]

Bruce, Dunn Lead Reds Past Sox

There’s a lot of fanfare around the fact that the Red Sox haven’t visited Cincinnati since 1975 when the upstart Red Sox met up with the Big Red Machine in the World Series. The Red Sox did win a game there, leading to the Game 6 dramatics when Carlton Fisk willed his HR fair. You […]

J.D. Drew Stays Hot as Sox Take Series Against M’s

Of course, after the first two games that saw the Red Sox and Mariners pick up blowout wins, there would be a pitcher’s duel in the series finale. Pitching for the Red Sox was rookie Justin Masterson, who was going for his third win against zero losses. Opposing him was lefty Erik Bedard, who has […]

Masterson, Sox Sting Rays

The Red Sox just finished their 10-game roadtrip at a less-than-spectacular 4-6. They have now returned home for a 10-game homestand, and got it started right with a 7-4 win. The win was their 11th-straight victory at home, but they still stand a 1/2 game behind Tampa Bay in the AL East. Huh, what? Justin […]

Matsuzaka Heads to DL with Mild Strain of the Rotator Cuff

The Red Sox placed Daisuke Matsuzaka on the 15-day disabled list with a mild strain of the rotator cuff in his right shoulder. In his place, the Red Sox called up OF Jeff Bailey for the weekend series against the Orioles. Due to off-days, the next opening in the starting rotation will be Tuesday, and […]

Masterson Strong Again in Win Over Royals

Justin Masterson was called up to start the second game of a four-game series against the Kansas City Royals, and in his second-career major league start, he dominated in a 2-1 Red Sox win. The Sox rookie pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing one run on three hits and three walks to go along with five strikeouts. The Sox scored […]

Masterson, Colon to Start this Week for Sox

To give starters their regular rest, the Sox plan to call up Justin Masterson for a Tuesday night start against the Kansas City Royals. He will be sent down, and the next night Bartolo Colon is scheduled to make his Red Sox debut. Reliever Chris Smith was called up to give the Sox an extra […]

Masterson Masterful, But Sox Blow It

Due to a dearth of starting pitching thanks to various injuries including the Varitek flu bug and neck stiffness, the Red Sox called up one of their stud prospects to spot start. This time, the Sox sent 6’6″ Justin Masterson to the hill. He was…dare I say…masterful. The righty pitched six strong innings, allowing only […]

MLB Winter Meetings Day 3: Santana Deal getting Real

It is reported by Peter Gammons that the Red Sox and Twins are set to meet this afternoon to continue talks about Johan Santana. Also the Twins are still trying to decide between the 3-1 deal of Jacoby Ellsbury, Jed Lowrie and Justin Masterson or the 4-1 deal of Jon Lester, Coco Crisp, Lowrie and Masterson. […]