Citing balance, Masterson finding a rhythm

Citing balance, Masterson finding a rhythm

CLEVELAND -- All Justin Masterson is looking to achieve over the remainder of the regular season is consistency. It has been a year filled with too many peaks and valleys for the Indians sinkerballer.

"That's been the tale of this season," Masterson said. "It's not like, 'What team is going to show up?' but 'What Justin, at times, will show up?' But the last three or four have been good. ... Overall, I like where we're at."

In Saturday's 3-1 victory over the Yankees, Masterson worked 6 2/3 innings and limited New York to one run on seven hits. The result was a win that halted Cleveland's nine-game losing streak.

It was the kind of performance the Tribe believes Masterson should be able to provide on a more consistent basis.

"If you split his season," Indians manager Manny Acta said, "I think the second half, he's been more consistent than the first half. I think he will be able to continue to get out there and give us an opportunity to win every five days. The stuff is there; it's just a matter of being able to do what he did [on Saturday]."

Overall this year, Masterson has gone 10-11 with a 4.60 ERA out of the top spot in Cleveland's rotation. The right-hander has gone 8-7 with a 4.23 ERA in his last 16 outings, compared to 2-4 with a 5.14 in his first 11.

Masterson said that remaining balanced in his delivery is his main focus right now.

"[If] I get better balance, I stay back, I drive through the ball a little bit better," Masterson said. "[It's about] staying balanced and letting the ball do the work."