St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jake Westbrook works in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Sunday, April 24, 2011 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Brandon Beachy throws to the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, April 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) By Marcio Jose Sanchez
Jake Westbrook is coming off his most effective start of the season after pitching six scoreless innings against the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. It was also the first time the right-hander had pitched six or more innings this season. Opposing batters are hitting .324 against the right-hander. He is 0-1 in two career starts with a 4.91 ERA against the Braves.
Brandon Beachy has eight career starts, but has not pitched more than six innings in any of those games. Despite being 1-3 in his career, he has a 3.45 ERA. Right-handed hitters are batting only .191 against Beachy this season.