Indians Justin Masterson in a Pitching Slump?

Justin Masterson is 0-3 in his past four starts with a 4.78 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.
.He has not been as effective, but the Cleveland Indians offense isn’t being as helpful either. In his first six starts the Tribe averaged 6.3 runs. In his past five starts they’ve averaged just 1.6 runs. No matter how well you pitch, it’s hard to win when your team’s bats go silent.
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Why the Cleveland Indians Success Will Not Continue

The Cleveland Indians are the surprise team of baseball. Sitting atop the AL Central, the Tribe is tied for the best record in the MLB. Most analysts did not believe the Indians would see this much success. Most now sit patiently, waiting for the Indians to revert back to their losing ways. And despite the success of this team, the return to failure is imminent.

Go here for an explanation of why this surprisingly good start might continue

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Why the Cleveland Indians’ Early Success Will Continue in 2011


The most surprising team in baseball, the Cleveland Indians (22-10), are still tied for the best record in the MLB. Few analysts believed the Tribe would stand a chance in 2011, and almost none believed the Tribe would lead the AL Central. Despite this, the pesky Indians continue to find ways to win.

For an explanation of why this early success will NOT continue go here (Only after 8:11 AM CT on 5/9/11- when link goes live)

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Examining the Cleveland Indians Opening Day Starting Rotation


Since the back-to-back departures of Cy Young Award winning pitchers, Cleveland Indians starters have struggled to find success. With the exception of Fausto Carmona, this year’s opening day starting rotation will be pitching with relative anonymity.  For a young team that has struggled in recent years, this is not necessarily a problem.

The rotation’s success begins with the improvement of Carmona. After his 19-8 season in 2007, Carmona has gone a combined 26-33. This spring, however, Carmona has continued to build on his improvement from the end of the 2010 campaign. Carmona ended the season winning four of his last five games while not surrendering more than three runs in his last seven outings. This spring, he posted a 4-2 record with a 4.50 ERA, solid statistics that should translate to success for the opening day starter.

By Jamie Arkin

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