"Mr. Clean" is headed to the mid-season classic.
Justin Masterson, former Bethel College and current Cleveland Indians pitcher, was announced Saturday, July 6, as a member of the American League squad for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Tuesday, July 16, at Citi Field in New York.
Masterson was Cleveland's Opening Day starter the past two seasons and will be joined by teammate Jason Kipnis as the Tribe's all-star representatives.
According to MLB.com, Masterson entered Saturday leading the AL in groundouts (151), innings pitched (128 2/3) and shutouts (three). The right-handed sinkerballer was 10-7 with a 3.78 ERA in his 19 starts, during which he has piled up 131 strikeouts (third in the AL) against 49 walks.
Masterson is the first Indians pitcher since 1994 (Dennis Martinez) to have at least three shutouts in a single season, and the first to have at least three in a first half since 1985 (Bert Blyleven).
Masterson has joined Gaylord Perry (1972, '74), Sam McDowell (1969, '70), Luis Tiant (1968) and Bob Feller (1940, '41, '46) as the only Indians pitchers with at least 10 wins and 130 strikeouts in a first half.