In 2012, both Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenez had what I am calling a "train wreck" season: they pitched enough innings to be considered a "qualified" starter (162+), but had a park-adjusted ERA at least 20% worse than the league average (ERA+ of 80 or worse). It was the first time in history the Indians had two pitchers perform like that in the same season.
Since the year 2000, there have been 51 different pitchers to throw 162+ innings with an ERA+ of 80 or worse, leading to a total of 58 such seasons (because five of those pitchers "accomplished" it more than once). I took a look at each of those pitchers, to see what (if any) success they’d had before and/or after their train wreck season(s).
Masterson and Jimenez both had earlier seasons in which they were very good. Masterson had an ERA+ of 122 in 2011 and Jimenez had an ERA+ of 161 in 2010 (and was quite good in 2008 and 2009 too). Here’s a breakdown of each of the 51 pitchers’ BEST (qualified) season BEFORE* their train wreck year (by ERA+):
Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenez: Can They Rebound?
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