On August 26, 2010 – in his 26th start of the year – Justin Masterson picked up his 5th win of the season.
On April 26, 2011 – in his 5th start of the year – Masterson picked up his 5th win of the season.
What a difference an offseason makes.
Masterston is just the 9th Tribe pitcher to win each of his first five starts in a season over the post 90 years, and the first since Cliff Lee in 2008 (six straight).
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It’s certainly an impressive list to be on, but when you look at Mastersons stats compared to the others it’s clear that he owns a lot to his bullpen. Masterson is averaging just over six innings per start and is the only pitcher on the list without a complete game in his streak. He also has the highest era (not that there’s anything wrong with 2.18) since Wes Ferrell in 1932.
Let’s hope Masterson (and the bullpen) can keep it up.