Justin Masterson and Cleveland Indians Starters Analyzed

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Justin Masterson and Cleveland Indians Starters Analyzed
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Justin Masterson has to pave the way and pitch more consistently.

Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jimenez and the Cleveland Indians' starting rotation have been frustratingly inconsistent this season. It is imperative that its inconsistency improves in order for the Indians to make a push to the 2012 playoffs.

The team again teased the fanbase with a quick start and seized first place in the American League Central. They maintained that stranglehold on the top spot for much of the season until May 29 when the Chicago White Sox overtook them.

The Sox have since dropped to second one game behind the surging Detroit Tigers. The Indians are in third, four games behind first and three games behind the Sox.

The Indians are nowhere near out of the race to win the Central and are in the thick of a very bunched up race to nab one of the two wild-card berths. The Indians currently are three-and-a-half games behind the surprising Oakland A's, who hold the last wild-card spot.

The inconsistency of the starters has been one chief reason why the Indians are falling in the standings.

From batter-to-batter, inning-to-inning, start-to-start, you never know what you're going to get from the Jekyll and Hyde act that is the Cleveland Indians' starting rotation.

You get a great battle against one batter followed by a bad mistake.

A great inning is followed by a calamitous one.

Shut-down starts are followed by disastrous efforts.

The Indians starting pitching staff has to get more consistent if the team is to achieve their goals in 2012. The following slide show will analyze the chief culprits who are perpetuating this frustrating trend.


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