Baseball players, especially pitchers, have to live in the mirror of their mind. In good times and bad, know thyself is the rule of the game.

Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenez took a long look into that mirror after combining for 32 losses last season. Things were so bad that Jimenez said, "I'd have the ball in my hand and didn't know what to do with it."

After an off-season of study and work, the top two starters in the Indians' rotation have reached two simple, but important, conclusions to make themselves effective starters again.

Said Masterson, "I've got to allow myself to throw strikes a lot more often." Last season Masterson struck out a career-high 159 batters, but matched that with a career-high 88 walks.

Said Jimenez, "I have to get my mechanics and everything ready before I leave camp." Jimenez said his mechanics were jumbled for the first two months of 2012. Those that saw him the last four months of the season could have said the same thing.