Westbrook kicks off Cards interleague play vs. former team
Starter Jake Westbrook #35 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium on May 3, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) By Dilip Vishwanat
ST. LOUIS (BaseballStL) – The St. Louis Cardinals are hoping Jake Westbrook (4-5, 4.23) will get out a five-game rut that has seen his earned run average skyrocket.
In his last five games, Westbrook has allowed 23 earned runs and 40 hits in just 25 innings pitched. It has been a far cry from the month of April when he finished with a 3-1 record and a 1.30 ERA.
Considering he faced the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers in the first month of the season it seems that the issues have come against non-Central Division teams.
Westbrook has been tabbed the starter for the first interleague game for the Cardinals this season. Westbrook will face the Cleveland Indians, a team he played nine seasons with from 2001 to 2010. He was 69-69 with a 4.29 ERA during his tenure in Cleveland.
Josh Tomlin (2-3, 5.32), who was shelled in his last outing, will oppose Westbrook on Friday night at Busch Stadium. Tomlin allowed five earned runs on ten hits in six innings pitched against the Minnesota Twins on June 2.
Despite the high ERA, Tomlin has been substantially better during night and away games. His ERA is more than two points lower on the road and almost three points lower during night games.