Justin Masterson falters again with St. Louis Cardinals


The St. Louis Cardinals acquired Justin Masterson from the Cleveland Indians prior to the July 31 trading deadline and it hasn’t worked out so well.

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Masterson has made 5 starts for the Cardinals since coming over to the club. In that time, the pitcher has posted a 2-2 record with one no decision. In those five starts, Masterson’s numbers don’t look great.

Innings: 23
Earned Runs: 19
ERA: 7.43
Hits: 28
Walks: 10
Strikeouts: 17

The Cardinals gave up a first round draft pick from 2012 in outfielder James Ramsey in order to acquire the pitcher, who is signed through the end of the season. The Cardinals are more likely to see John Lackey come back to the club next year than Masterson.

Part of the reason as to why the team acquired Masterson was because of needing to shore up the pitching rotation which has seen two members of the rotation shutdown for injuries in Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia. It goes without saying that Joe Kelly, who was sent to Boston for Lackey, also missed a considerable amount of time with an injury. Waiting around for Wacha might not be the answer. Could Carlos Martinez come back to the rotation with the flash of greatness that we know he has within him?

Not helping matters on Sunday afternoon was a win by the Milwaukee Brewers. The Philadelphia Phillies crushed the Cardinals 7-1 to push the Cards back to 1.5 games in the National League Central. It’s clear right now that Masterson’s time in the rotation will be dwindling as the season winds down.