Monday, August 10, 2015

Justin Masterson's sad second stint with the Red Sox was incredibly predictable

Justin Masterson's second go-around with the Red Sox is officially over:

Last December, Boston signed Masterson to a one-year, $9.5 million contract.  For the life of me, I couldn't figure out why.  In a Bleacher Report article entitled Predictions for Each Top Offseason Acquisition's Career with the Boston Red Sox, here's what I wrote about Masterson:

"...he could easily still be the same pitcher who posted a horrendous [5.88 ERA and] 1.63 WHIP last year.

Given his difficulty with lefties and the large number of young, up-and-coming arms in Boston's organization, if Masterson's 2014 struggles continue, he may quickly find himself in a situational bullpen role.

Prediction: One mostly disappointing and overpaid season pitching primarily in relief."

Masterson tossed a total of just 59.1 innings for Boston this year.  He made nine starts, followed by eight relief appearances.  His ERA and WHIP?  5.61 and 1.60--nearly identical to last year.

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