ST. LOUIS, MO - MAY 3: 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 Chicago White Sox is probably the last team that Jake Westbrook wants to face after losing four of his last five starts.
It will be Westbrook’s twenty-sixth career start against the White Sox with the majority made when he was a member of the Cleveland Indians. In his career, Westbrook is 8-13 with a 5.25 ERA in 163 innings pitched against Chicago’s South Side team.
Westbrook will search for ground balls to get past the White Sox, a team that leads the majors with 45 home runs since May 14. The Cardinals righty is third in the National League with a 2.56 ground ball/fly ball ratio and nearly a 72 ground ball percentage. He is also tied for eleventh in the league with eight double plays induced gets the ninth best run support average (5.50) in the NL.
Gavin Floyd will make his second career start against the Cardinals and his twelfth of the season for the White Sox. Like Westbrook, Floyd has been horrendous in his last five starts posting a 1-3 record with a 10.52 ERA.
Despite striking out nine in his last start, the right-hander allowed four runs on four hits over six innings in a loss to the Astros.
Floyd will make his first start against the Cardinals since April 9, 2005. He was victorious after allowing one run on three hits over seven innings pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies.
He has recorded at least ten wins and made thirty starts in each of the last four seasons.