Masterson excited about new opportunity with Cardinals
DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 04: Justin Masterson #63 of the Cleveland Indians throws a first inning pitch while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on September 4, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) By Gregory Shamus
(BaseballStL) - In the “other” trade the Cardinals made – the one that didn’t cost the Cardinals two Major Leaguers named Allen Craig and Joe Kelly – the Redbirds picked up a pitcher who figures to fit in quite well with the team.
Hint: He throws a lot of sinkers.
Justin Masterson is expected to provide further depth in a starter rotation that in in desperate need of innings. And he’s anxious to be that guy.
“I’m excited. After leaving where I was (Cleveland) and closing the door and saying it’s time for a new (beginning). I’m excited. There’s a lot of great things happening,” Masterson said.
The newly acquired righty is a little bit of an enigma. He was an All Star last season for the Indians with a 3.45 ERA over 193 innings. But this season has been quite a struggle for the 29-year old. He’s thrown just 98 innings, due partly to being on the disabled list, and has a 5.51 earned run average during that time.