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Old 10-23-2017, 04:17   #1
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Masterson8217s Shine

Entering last nights start from the Boston Red Sox, Justin Masterson was 1-5 having a 5.46 ERA. His peripherals suggested he would be a better pitcher compared to those old timey numbers gave him credit for. So how did Masterson respond while facing his old team but by causing his pitched baseballs to consume more gra s than a sick dog. Yes, even more than his usual 62% groundball rate. Benson Mayowa Jersey Heres his line:
9 IP2 H0 ER6 SO2 BB110 Pitches75 Strikes
That doesnt tell the whole story though. Heres the real beef:
21 BIP17 GB3 FB1 LD
Thats 21 balls in play and 17 groundballs - or 81% unsurprisingly this left the Red Sox with no extra base hit on the night. The most ridiculous part of the night is the fact that Masterson allowed two of those fly balls in the ninth inning. This means Maliek Collins Jersey that through eight innings and 26 batters - or nearly 3 times with the lineup roughly 90% of the Red Soxs balls in play were of the groundball variety.
The most surreal aspect is how this marks Mastersons fifth start this year having a groundball rate over 70% and yet its not his highest rate this year. Actually, hes only allowed more fly balls and line drives than grounders in one start all season; as well as then his GB% was 46%. In a May 19th start against Kansas City Masterson faced 23 batters coupled with 14 of 16 balls in play pound the L P Ladouceur Jersey ground. Against the Orioles days earlier hed allowed 20 balls in have fun with 15 being grounders. There was his outing against the Yankees two starts ago, where 13 of 28 batters faced hit grounders. Thats nearly half the batters he faced, and they all smacked the ball in to the earth.
Compare that to the Pittsburgh Pirates 17 strikeout performance versus Stephen Strasburg and also the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night and one wonders which the more frusturating type of defeat is. Sure, fanning 17 times as a lineup is Terrance Williams Jersey much more embarra sing, perhaps humiliating, but at least the guy throwing at you for seven innings was straight out of a nightmare.
To drop some analogies about this thing, Masterson carefully placed the carrot before rabbits, only in places where they could nibble onto it, never allowing for a solid chomp. Strasburg never let the rabbit feel as though he had a genuine shot at biting that carrot. Or, in additional simplistic and gory terms: Mastersons approach resembles death using a thousand papercuts, whereas Strasburg prefers headshots.
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