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Should the Mets fear Justin Masterson?

You wouldn't think so, right?

Masterson -- tonight's starter for Cleveland -- is 2-5 with a 4.74 ERA in 12 starts this season. In his two seasons in Boston, Masterson went 6-5 with a 3.16 ERA in 2008 (36 games, nine starts) and 4-10 with a 4.52 ERA (42 games, 16 starts) in 2009.

But Masterson has won his last two starts for Cleveland. On June 9 against his old team, Masterson pitched a two-hit shuout with six strikeouts and two walks. In fact, Masterson has been pretty impressive over his last three starts:

May 30 at Yankees: 6.2 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 8 Ks, 1 BB -- NO DECISION
June 4 at White Sox: 5.2 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 1 K, 6 BB -- WIN
June 9 vs. Boston: 9 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 6 Ks, 2 BB -- WIN

Plus, the Mets always seem to be very offensively-challenged whenever Johan Santana pitches. Santana is on the mound tonight.



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