Full name JUSTIN DANIEL MASTERSON…He and his wife, Meryl, have three children...Was ranked as the No. 24 overall draft-eligible prospect in 2006, according to Baseball America...Went 6-7 with a 4.81 ERA in 17 games (16 starts) as a junior for San Diego State in 2006 (108K, 116.0IP)... Represented the Wareham Gatemen in the 2005 Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game...Attended Beavercreek (OH) High School, graduating in 2003 where he played basketball and baseball and was inducted into the school's hall of game in 2014…Attended Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana and played there in 2004-05 and was inducted into the Bethel Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013…Active in several Jimmy Fund events while with the Red Sox…Is the first Jamaican-born pitcher in Major League history and just the 4th player overall, joining Chili Davis (1981-99), Devon White (1985-2001) and Rolando Roomes (1988-90)…Justin and his wife, Meryl, are active in the community, participating in the Tribe's annual Shop With A Pro event, Glove Drive and working with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland...Justin is active in the Tribe's Faith Day activities as well as the Youth For Christ Bleacher Blast event each year....Makes numerous school visits throughout the year and is active with the Make-a-Wish Foundation...Active in the Dominican Republic Mission of Mercy program in the city of Moca, DR and was the Indians' Roberto Clemente nominee in 2011 and again in 2013 (was also the club's Branch Rickey Award nominee in 2013)...Teamed with Bright Hope in 2013 to raise awareness to those living on less than $1 a day around the world...Visited the Mathare Valley slum in Nairobi, Kenya in November 2013, serving meals, interacting and encouraging the children the campaign is supporting...Has been the Baseball Tomorrow Fund/Equipment Drive ambassador the last two seasons.
Went 7-9 with 116 SO in 128.2 IP and a career-worst 5.88 ERA in 28 outings (25 starts) between CLE and STL...Acquired by the Cardinals at the trade deadline after missing most of July due to injury...Had a 59.2% ground ball rate, 2nd highest in the majors behind HOU's Dallas Keuchel (min. 120.0 IP)...Induced 21 ground ball double plays, T-12th in MLB...Limited right-handed batters to a .239 AVG (55-for-230) but allowed left-handed batters to hit .320 (86-for-269)...Among major leaguers, had the 7th-best opponent AVG (.178) and 8th-best opponent OPS (.502) with 2 outs (min. 125 batters faced)...Combined for 4 scoreless starts, all at least 7.0 IP...Walked no more than 2 batters in 4 straight starts from 4/18-5/3, each of at least 6.0 IP (1-1, 2.96 ERA)...Was his longest such streak since an 8-start stretch from 6/25-8/4/11...Struck out a season-high 10 batters in 7.0 IP on 6/2 vs. BOS...Made 19 starts with the Indians before being placed on the 15-day DL on 7/8 due to right knee inflammation...Was his 1st trip to the DL as a major leaguer...Made 2 rehab starts with Triple-A Columbus (0-1, 5.40 ERA)...Was reinstated on 7/30 and later that day was acquired by the Cardinals in exchange for OF James Ramsey...Made 6 starts for STL, all in August...Appeared in 3 games in September, his only relief outings of the year (3.0 IP)...On 12/11, signed by the Red Sox to a 1-year contract for the 2015 season.
Was the club's most consistent starting pitcher before being derailed most of September with a strained left oblique muscle, suffered in a career-low 1.0-inning start of September 2 vs. Baltimore...At the time of the injury ranked 5th in the American League in innings pitched (189.1) and strikeouts (188), tied for 3rd in wins (14), tied for first in shutouts (3) and tied for 2nd i n complete games (3)... Ended the season 15th in the AL in ERA (3.45), T8th in wins (14), T1st in shutouts (3), T3rd in complete games (3), 1st in hit by pitches (17), 7th in strikeouts per 9.0IP (9.1/9.0IP) and 1st in slugging pct allowed (.312, 22 2B, 1 3B, 13HR, 120 1B)... Pitched in relief on Sept 25 vs. Chicago-AL, his first relief appearance since July 9, 2011 vs. Toronto...Went on to make 3 relief appearances over the last week of the season and did not allow a run in 3.2IP (1H, 0R, 1BB, 7K, .083AVG) and caught the season's final out at first base on Sept 29 at Minnesota to clinch the American League Wildcard...Also pitched 2.0 shutout innings in the AL Wildcard game. Tossed three complete game, shutouts in his first 18 starts, two against the Chicago White Sox as he defeated the Sox 4 times in 2013...Tossed CG/shutouts on April 12 vs. Chicago-AL (9.0IP, 5H, 0R, 1BB, 7K), May 13 vs. NY Yankees (G1, 9.0IP, 4H, 0R, 3BB, 9K) and June 30 at Chicago-AL (10th win, 9.0IP, 6H, 0R, 1BB, 8K), giving him four for his career...Justin became just the 5th pitcher in the Majors over the past 19 seasons (1995-present) to register at least 10 wins and 3 CG SHO's prior to the Mid-Summer Classic, joining Greg Maddux (1998), Dontrelle Willis (2005), Chris Carpenter (2005) and Roy Halladay (2010)...Became the first Indians hurler to reach those bench marks since GAYLORD PERRY went 15-3 w/ 3 CG SHO's entering the 1974 All-Star game....Was selected, but did not pitch, to his first American League All-Star team for his first half efforts. Followed up his 4-1 Opening Day victory opposite 2012 NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. DICKEY & the Toronto Blue Jays (6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO) by tossing 7.0 scoreless frames of 2-hit ball (7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 SO) in a 13-0 SHO against 2012 A.L. Cy Young Award winner DAVID PRICE and the Tampa Bay Rays on April 7...According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Masterson became just the 3rd pitcher in baseball history to record victories against both reigning Cy Young Award winners in the same season (with award winners taking a loss), but the first to do so in consecutive starts...Marked his second career/consecutive Opening Day start. 닒ecorded a team-high 18 quality starts on the season...Tossed a career-high, 2013 club-best 20.0 consecutive scoreless innings from May 8-24 and went 4-1 with a 3.02 ERA in 6 May starts (41.2IP, 29H, 14R/ER)...Also recorded 3.12 ERAs in both April (4-2, 6GS, 40.1IP, 34H, 14ER) and July (2-1, 4GS, 26.0IP, 17H, 9R/ER)...Was 10-7 with a 3.72 ERA in 20 first half starts (135.1IP, 112H, 56ER, 137K) and 4-3 with a 2.81 ERA in 9 second half starts (12G, 57.2IP, 44H, 18ER, .210AVG)...Masterson's 1-0 win in his start vs. Texas on July 27 was his 3rd such victory of the season which ties him with Addie Joss (1908), Stan Coveleski (1917), Jim Bagby Jr. (1943), Bob Feller (1946) and Greg Swindell (1988) for the most 1-0 wins in a single season in Indians history...Coveleski is the all-time leader in 1-0 wins for the Tribe, totaling 9 such victories in his career with the Indians...Masterson has now racked up 4 over his 5 seasons with the Tribe. 닗ent 3-0 w/a 0.41 ERA in his first 3 starts (22.0IP, 10H, 1R/ER, 20K), joining Luis Tiant (1966) as just 2nd pitcher in Indians history to win his first 3 starts in a season while allowing one or zero combined runs...Masterson became the first Indians pitcher to record multiple 1-0 CG shutouts in the same season since 1989 when left-handers BUD BLACK and GREG SWINDELL both accomplished the feat twice...Also became the first Cleveland pitcher to post a 1-0 CG SHO against the Yankees since GREG SWINDELL on Sept. 6, 1988 at Yankee Stadium and the first Indians right-hander to do so against New York-AL since LUIS TIANT on May 3, 1966 at Yankee Stadium...Defeated the Mariners on May 19th at Progressive Field becoming the first Indians pitcher to win 7 starts through the club's first 42 games of the season since Charles Nagy in 1996…Struck out a season-high 11 batters on May 19 vs Seattle. Also ranked 1st in the American League in ground ball/fly ball ratio (2.48, 293GB/118FB), 3rd in right-handed batting average allowed (.182, .507OPS) and T6th in walks allowed (76)...Batters hit .245 (72-294) off him w/runners on base and .260 (40-154) with RISP...Recorded a first inning ERA of 2.79 (29.0IP, 17H, 9R/ER)...Batter hit .170 (46-270) when Justin was ahead in the count...Basestealers were 9-for-12 off him with Justin on the mound.
Did not replicate or build on the success he enjoyed in 2011, but still managed
to lead the team in virtually every pitching category (wins, starts, innings,
strikeouts) and finished tied for first in the American League in starts (34), 9th
in innings pitched (206.1), 17th in strikeouts (159) and allowed the 6th fewest
HR per 9.0IP at 0.79 (18HR/206.1IP)...He is the first Indians pitcher to throw
consecutive 200.0-inning seasons since Cliff Lee in 2005-06. Season started off on a high note, posting a season-high 10 strikeouts in his
first career opening day start vs. Toronto on April 5 (8.0IP, 2H, 1R/ER, 1BB,
10K), his 2nd career double-digit strikeout game..His run support of 3.77RS per
9.0IP was the lowest mark in the AL, 6th-lowest in the Majors as he received
2-or-fewer runs of support in 21 of 34 outings. Best month came in June, going 2-3 with a 2.05 ERA in 5 starts (35.0IP, 26H,
9R/8ER, 9BB, 29K), 5th lowest ERA in the AL for the month...Went a career-best 18.0 consecutive scoreless innings
from June 9-20, 2nd-longest stretch by an Indians pitcher in 2012 (Pestano 21.0IP) and longest by a Tribe starter...
Did not record an ERA under 4.93 in any other month of the season as he went 6-7 with a 5.60 ERA in 16 second half
starts (91.2IP, 104H, 57ER) after posting a 4.40 first half ERA. Tossed his 4th career complete game on June 20 vs. Cincinnati (9.0IP, 3H, 1R/0ER, 0BB, 9K)...Also fanned 9 in previous
start of June 15 vs. Pittsburgh in 7.0IP...Logged 13 straight starts of at least 6.0IP from April 27-July 1, longest streak
by an Indians starter since Cliff Lee in 2009...His season slugging pct. allowed of .388 was 13th lowest in the AL as
his walks per 9.0IP went from 2.7BB/9.0IP in 2011 to 3.84 in 2012...Also led the AL in ground ball/fly ball ratio of 2.36
(356GB/151FB)...His .232 mark vs. RHH was 10th lowest in the AL and he was tied for 5th with 26 GIDP's induced...
Also was 2nd among league pitchers in steals against (25), T11th in caught stealings against (7), 5th in hits allowed
(212), pitches (3426) and walks (88), 3rd in losses (15) and earned runs allowed (113), 2nd in wild pitches (14) and
T2nd in hit batters (13).
Enjoyed a break-out season, leading the team in ERA, strikeouts, starts, innings pitched and tied for the team high in wins (new career-high 12)...His 3.21 ERA was 12th in the AL, was 13th in innings (career-high 216.0), 20th in strikeouts (158), 7th in slugging % allowed (.349) and allowed the 2nd fewest HR per 9.0IP in the AL (.46, 11HR, 216.0IP) to Doug Fister (11HR, 216.1IP)...Won his first 5 starts of the year, going 5-0 w/a 2.18 ERA in 5 April starts (33.0IP, 26H, 8ER)... Last Indians pitcher to win each of his first 5 starts of the year was Cliff Lee in 2008 when he started 6-0...Didn't earn 5th win in 2010 until August 26th in his 26th start and won 6 games in all of 2010... According to Elias three Indians pitchers since 1955 have won first 5 starts of a season w/an ERA sub 2.20: Masterson 2011, C Lee 2008, Lemon 1955... He was only the 4th pitcher in team history to win five games during April in one season... The others were Bob Lemon in 1955, Greg Swindell in 1988,
and Cliff Lee in 2008 (all 5-0)...Tossed 3rd career CG and only one on the year in tough-luck loss at Chicago on May 18 (8.0IP, 5H, 1R/ER)... Was winless in 6 starts during the month of May going 0-3 with a 3.79 ERA (40.1IP, 41H, 17ER) as the Indians scored just 13 runs in the 6 starts...On the year the Indians scored 2 runs or less in 11 of 33GS and 1 run or less in 7 of 33 starts...Went 0-3 w/a 2.78 ERA in 5 June starts (32.1IP, 37H, 10ER)... Was winless over 11 starts from May 1 thru June 25 going 0-6 w/a 3.34 ERA (72.2IP, 78H, 27ER) as Indians scored just 22 runs in those starts (4SHOs)...Earned his 1st win since April 26 on July 1 at Cincinnati, a 8-2 Indians win as he allowed just 1 run, while equaling his season-high with 8.0IP... 8.0IP, 4H, 1R/ER, BB, 5K, HR (to Phillips)... Tossed 1.0 scoreless inning (BB, K) of relief on July 9 vs. Toronto before the break... Went 3-1 w/a 1.58 ERA in 7 July games (6GS, 45.2IP, 32H, 8ER, .195AVG)...From June 8 thru July 30th he went 3-3 w/a 1.76 ERA in 10 starts (71.2IP, 59H, 14ER)...ERA in the first half was 2.64 (18GS, 122.2IP, 111H, 36ER)...Second half ERA was 3.95 (93.1IP, 100H, 41ER)...Was 2-1 w/a 4.00 ERA (36.0IP, 40H, 16ER) in 6 Aug. starts and 2-2 w/a 5.65 ERA in 5 September GS (28.2IP, 35H, 18ER)...Combined in August/September he was 4-3 w/a 4.73 ERA over
his last 11GS (64.2IP, 75H, 34ER)...His 3.15 road ERA was 9th best in the AL...His .210 average against right-handed hitters was 9th lowest in the AL...Led the AL with 14 caught stealing against 14 steals...Was 3rd in GB/FB ratio at 2.13 (364GB/171FB)...Underwent arthroscopic surgery on left, non-throwing shoulder on October 12 in Wilmington, DE (Dr. Craig Morgan) to repair a pre-existing posterior labral tear...Expected to be w/o limitations to start the 2012 regular season.
Was very sharp over the last two months of the season, spending
nearly the entire season in the rotation before completing his innings
in the bullpen over the last few weeks of the season...Over his last
13 games/8 starts from August 4th thru the end of the season he
went 3-3 w/a 2.86 ERA (56.2IP, 49H, 18ER, 43K, .286 AVG), the
9th lowest mark in the AL among pitchers with at least 56.0IP....Was
1-1 w/a 2.25 ERA in 6 September games (2GS, 20.0IP, 17H, 5ER,
18K), the 8th lowest ERA in the AL in September among pitchers
with at least 20.0IP.
...Overall on the year he was 8-12 w/a 4.78ERA in 29 starts (169.1IP,
188H, 90ER) and 0-1 w/a 3.38 ERA in 5 relief outings (10.2IP, 9H,
4ER)...Went 3-5 w/a 3.84 ERA in 16 games/11 starts (75.0IP, 74H,
32ER) in the second half...Struck out an Indians season-high 9
batters in his 2nd start vs. the Texas Rangers in Cleveland (L #1, 6.0IP, 9H, 4R/2ER, 9K)...Finished April 0-3 w/a 5.68
ERA (19.0IP, 26H, 12ER) in 4 starts.
...Fell to 0-5, his 11th straight losing decision, in his start vs. Chicago-AL on May 24 (4.0IP, 9H, 5R/ER)...Went 0-2 w/a
5.97 ERA (34.2IP, 44H, 23ER) in 6 May starts...Lost a personal 11 straight games from August 25, 2009 to May 24,
2010, tied for the 3rd longest losing streak in Indians club history...The span of 17 straight starts without a win was the
longest such stretch in club history....Indians scored 39 runs over those 17 starts for Justin.
...Won his first game since August 20, 2009 and just his 2nd as an Indian in his start of Friday, June 4 against the Chicago
White Sox in US Cellular Field...Was a 10-1 win over the Sox and John Danks...5.2IP, 5H, 1R/ER, 6BB,1K, HR to A
Ramirez...Also broke 12G personal road losing streak.
...Improved to 2-5 in his outing of June 9 against the Boston Red Sox in Cleveland...Was an 11-0 win over the Sox and
Clay Buchholz, tossing his first ever complete game shutout...9.0IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 6K...Was 2nd career CG...Boston
did not have a batter reach 2nd base...Also first CG 2-hitter for the Indians since Scott Elarton in 2004...Went 1-3
w/a 6.32 ERA in July (37.0IP, 50H, 26ER) and didn't win over his last 5 starts (0-3, 7.85 ERA, 28.2IP, 42H, 25ER).
...Improved to 3-7 on July 1 vs. Toronto in Cleveland, a 6-1 win over the Jays...Took a shutout in to the 9th before...8.1IP,
8H, 1R/ER, 0BB, 5K...Allowed career-high 13 hits in start at Toronto on July 30 and tied a career-high w/8 runs allowed...
Moved to 2-0 vs. Boston in start of August 4 at Fenway (5.0IP, 4H,1R/ER)...First Tribe starter since B Colon in 2001 to
beat Boston twice in same season as a starter.
...Moved to bullpen after start of Sept. 8 at LAA (W#6, 7.0IP, 6H, 1R/ER) and in his first relief outing of Sept. 12 vs.
Minnesota went 7.0IP (5H, 3R/1ER, 0BB, 6K) in relief of Mitch Talbot, who left with a shoulder injury w/o recording an
out...Longest relief outing by an Indian since JAKE WESBTROOK in April of 2004 and longest in the big leagues since
2008...Made spot start in KC on Sept. 18 (rain-shortened, 3.1IP, 3H, 0R) in place of Talbot and made his last 4 outings
in relief the remainder of the season...Closed season w/3 straight scoreless 1.0IP outings.
...Was T16th in the AL with 19 double plays induced...Was 1st in the AL in GB/FB ratio (2.74, 337GB/123FB)...Was T5th
in WP (12), 5th in HB (11), 8th in runs allowed (107) & t10th in ER allowed (97)...Was 13th in HR allowed per 9.0IP
(0.70HR/9.0IP) and 20th with a .385 slugging % allowed...Overall big league hitter hit .278 (197-709) w/14HR, including
a mark of .263 (84-320) by RH hitters...Starts of 6.0IP or more: 15 of 29 (52%).
Mid-season acquisition from Boston made 10 starts for the Indians and was solid in a starting role, finishing the season with a complete game, 4-hit performance with 12 strikeouts vs. the Chicago White Sox on Sept. 30 (G2)...The 1-0 loss to the Sox was his first career CG and a career-high in IP (9.0IP) and strikeouts (12)...The Tribe season-high 12 strikeouts were the most by an Indians pitcher since CC SABATHIA (13K, 9/14/07 v KC) and most by an Indians RHP since BARTOLO COLON on 9/18/2000 @NYY (13K, 1-hitter)... According to Media Guide 2010 159 2010 C leveland Indians ELIAS he was the 1st major-leaguer to lose a 9.0IP CG by a 1-0 score w/at least 12K since May 6, 2000 (Pedro Martinez, 17K, 0-1L to TB)...The last Indians pitcher to lose a game in that manner was Sam McDowell in 1968 (June 13 vs. Oakland, 14 strikeouts)...As a starter with the Indians he was 1-7 w/a 4.80 ERA in 10 starts (54.1IP, 54H, 29ER, 34BB, 48K, .262AVG) as
the Indians scored just 27 runs in his starts (2.7RS/GM)...Lost his last 6 decisions (7GS) from August 25th-on, going 0-6 w/a 4.87 ERA (40.2IP, 41H, 22ER) as the Indians scored 11 runs over the 7GS (1.6RS/GS)...Started the season in the Red Sox bullpen making 4 relief appearances to begin the season, posting a 4.50 ERA (6.0IP, 7H, 3ER, BB, 7K) before taking Daisuke Matsuzaka's spot in the rotation... Made his first start of the
season on April 20 vs. Baltimore, a 12-1 Sox win as he earned his 1st victory of the season (5.1 IP, 4 H, 1R/ER, 2 BB, 3 K)Returned to the bullpen on May 22 vs. the NY Mets as he tossed 3.0 innings, allowing 1 run on 3 hits...Made 9 relief appearances during the month of June going 0-0 w/a 4.38 ERA (12.1 IP, 12 H, 7R/6ER, 4 BB, 15 K)... Did not allow an earned run in 6 consecutive appearances (8.0 IP) from June 4 through June 19th...As a reliever with the Red Sox was 1-1 with a 4.42 ERA (36.2 IP, 34 H, 20R/18ER, 12 BB, 39 K) in 25 relief outings...Did not allow an earned run over his last 4 appearances covering 7.0 innings of work (2H, 2BB, 8SO)...Was added to the Indians Major League Roster August 1...Made his 1st appearance with the Indians on August
1 vs. Detroit as he tossed 3.0 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits while walking 1 and striking out 4... Made first start for Cleveland on August 8 in Chicago, an 8-5 loss to the Sox and DJ Carrasco...4.0 IP, 4 H, 1R/ER, 1 BB, 4 K...Left w/a 4-1 lead (Ohka took loss)...Earned his 1st & only victory as an Indian on August 20 against the LA Angels in Progressive Field, a 11-3 win over the Angels as he allowed just 1 unearned run in 6.1 innings...Is
1-7 w/a 4.06 ERA in 15 games in the 2nd half (10GS, 64.1IP, 58H, 29ER, 60K, .242AVG)...ERA in 1st/2nd innings of his starts was 2.25 (32.0 IP, 22 H, 8 ER)...Was 0-4 w/a 4.34 ERA in 5 September starts (7 runs of support, 29.0 IP, 26 H, 14 ER, 28 K, .245 AVG)...His .203 average against vs. right-handed hitters was 2nd lowest in the American League...Batters hit .300 (69-230) with runners on and .279 (38-136) with RISP, .232 (16-69) with RISP-2outs...Runners are 15-for-21 in SB off him (6CS were T16th in the league)...Was T13th in the AL w/8HB...Is the first Jamaican-born pitcher in major league history and just the 4th player overall, joining Chili Davis (1981-99), Devon White (1985-2001) and Rolando Roomes (1988-90).
Began the year as a starter at Double-A Portland and finished the season as a valuable
member of the Red Sox bullpen...Was 4-3, 3.67 in 9 starts over 3 stints with Boston in the season's
first half...Moved to the bullpen in July and was 2-2, 2.36 in 27 appearances over the final 2 and
a half months...His overall 3.16 ERA was 5th best on the Red Sox staff.
FROM JAMAICA: Is the first Jamaican-born pitcher in major league history and just the 4th player
overall, joining Chili Davis (1981-99), Devon White (1985-2001) and Rolando Roomes (1988-90).
AS STARTER: Started 4 games at Double-A Portland to begin 2008 before making his major league
debut in a spot start on April 24 vs. the Angels...Allowed 2 hits and one run in 6.0 innings without
a decision in Boston's 7-5 win...Was the 3rd Sox pitcher since 1956 to pitch at least 6.0 innings
while allowing 2 hits or less in his debut, joining Jim Lonborg (April 23, 1965) and Billy Rohr (April
14, 1967)...Was optioned back to the Sea Dogs later that day.
Returned for a 2nd start on May 20, beating the Royals for his first career win...Gave up 3 hits and
one run in 6.1 innings...Was the 4th Sox pitcher to ever allow 3 hits or less in each of his first 2 major
league starts, joining Blaine Thomas (1911), Lee Rogers (1938), and Frank Baumann (1955).
Recalled for a 3rd time on June 3 and went 3-3, 4.32 (20 ER/41.2 IP) in 7 starts...Won his first 2 outings,
both at Fenway Park, becoming the first pitcher in Red Sox history to go undefeated in each
of his first 4 major league appearances, all as a starter at Fenway Park...Was 4-1, 3.00 (12 ER/36.0
IP) in first 6 major league starts before going 0-2, 5.00 (10 ER/18.0 IP) in his last 3 outings...Worked
at least 6.0 innings in 8 of 9 starts with high of 6.2 innings on June 13 at Cincinnati...Set a major
league career-high with 9 strikeouts in that game.
IN RELIEF: Was optioned to Pawtucket on July 7 and made 3 relief appearances for the PawSox
before returning to Boston for remainder of year on July 20...Issued runs in 9 of 27 bullpen outings
and permitted 3 of 17 inherited runners to score (17.6 percent)...Had 3 holds and finished 6 games
with 10 of 27 first batters reaching base...Held opponents to a .231 batting average in relief.
Tossed 2.2 scoreless frames in his first major league relief outing, July 23 at Seattle and had a
1.89 ERA (4 ER/19.0 IP) over his first 14 appearances through August 26...Compiled a 2.93 ERA
(5 ER/15.1 IP) in final 13 games...His 2.36 ERA beginning July 23 was 6th lowest among all A.L.
relievers with at least 30.0 innings...Worked 2.0 or more relief innings on 7 occasions...Gave up
just 2 homers in relief...Was 5-0, 3.10 in 20 games/5 starts at home and 1-5, 3.23 in 16 games/4
starts on the road.
IN THE MINORS: Began the year at 1-0, 0.95 in 4 starts at Portland to earn 1st recall to Boston...
After return was 0-3, 7.45 in 4 starts...After 2nd start with Boston, was sent to Pawtucket and
defeated Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in lone start for the PawSox on May 29...Allowed 2 runs in 3.1
innings in his 3 relief appearances at Pawtucket, July 10-17.
POSTSEASON: Set a Red Sox rookie record with 9 appearances in the 2008 playoffs, going 1-0 with
a 1.86 ERA (2 ER/9.2 IP)...Only 4 major league rookies have ever logged more post-season outings
in a season: Julian Tavarez (12 in 1995), Brendan Donnelly (11 in 2002), Francisco Rodriguez (11
in 2002) and Tyler Johnson (10 in 2006)...Pitched in each of Boston's first 6 games, joining Scott
Williamson (6 in 2003) as the only Sox hurlers ever to do so in a single post-season.
Logged a 2.25 ERA (1 ER/4.0 IP) in 4 ALDS games against the Angels...Made his playoff debut in
Game 1 at 23 years, 191 days old, the youngest Red Sox pitcher to appear in a post-season game
since Ken Brett (19 years, 24 days) in Game 7 of the 1967 World Series...Went 1.0 inning in each of
the first 2 games, recording holds in both contests...Combined to allow one run over 2.0 innings
in ALDS Games 3 and 4...Suffered a blown save in Game 4, but did not take the loss as Jed Lowrie's
walk-off 9th-inning single gave the Red Sox the 3-2 victory and clinched the series. Pitched in 5 of 7 ALCS games against the Rays, going 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA (1 ER/5.2 IP)...Allowed
just one hit in his first 2 outings (1.1 IP)...Turned in his longest playoff appearance in Game 4, giving
up one run with 4 K's over 2.1 frames...Tossed a scoreless 9th to earn the 8-7 win in Game 5...
At 23 years, 208 days, became the 7th-youngest Sox hurler to win a post-season game...Babe Ruth
was the last to do so at a younger age, 21 years, 246 days, in Game 2 of the 1916 World Series.
Advanced from A Lancaster to AA Portland in his 2nd pro season, finishing 2nd among all Red Sox minor leaguers
with 12 wins...Had 115 strikeouts and only 40 walks in 153.2 innings... Combined to go unbeaten over a 12-start span
from 6/7-8/5, posting a 10-0 record and a 1.72 ERA (15-ER/78.1 IP)...Named the No. 4 prospect in the Red Sox
organization, the No. 2 pitcher, according to Baseball America...Rated as having the Best Fastball in the organization
in the publication's annual "Best Tools" survey.