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6 Reasons Cleveland Indians Need Justin Masterson to Make the Leap
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The time has come for Justin Masterson to assert himself as the unquestioned No. 1 guy of the Cleveland Indians' pitching staff.

He led the team in ERA and wins in 2012. However, 11 wins and a 4.93 ERA are nothing to brag about for Masterson, who started Opening Day. Last year was a big drop from 2011 for Masterson, when he went 12-10 with a 3.21 ERA.

Masterson shows the flashes of becoming a very good starting pitcher, but the good has been far outweighed by the bad so far in his career.

Here's six reasons why Masterson needs to finally become the pitcher the Indians so desperately need.

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