Reason to believe in a Justin Masterson turnaround? MLB.com's Jordan Bastian detailed adjustments the right-hander recently made to prevent him from flying open during his delivery.
A reminder that mechanics can impact velocity, and improvements to a physical routine can do the work in terms of regaining mph. I wasn't big on Masterson heading into the season -- I never could justify the price his dodgy peripherals were costing -- but I'm a sucker for the in-season regression potential that comes from a pitcher refining his throwing motion.
Masterson of his domain again
You should hope Masterson's owner didn't put much stock into the righty's Friday outing.
Might want to scoop up Dallas Keuchel, who has started the season nicely and, as noted in last Friday's Weekly Digest, has an intriguing two-start effort this week.
(Hat tip to Mike Podhorzer for his reinforcement of Keuchel's potential and lesson on the pitcher's last-name pronunciation -- "KAI-kel" -- at Baseball HQ's First Pitch Forums NY back in March.)
The southpaw is not a hard thrower, but along with his 3.50 ERA, he's fanned 16 in 18 innings so far this season, compared to five walks. Keuchel has a 10.8 swinging-strike percentage so far, even with his control-based artistry. Fangraphs notes he has improved his efficiency in most pieces of his arsenal.
He'll come down (especially with that 86.5 LOB%), but when you account for his high grounder-inducing frequency, there's a better base there than a first look would dictate.
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