St. Louis — Really? The St. Louis Cardinals (62-54) season rides on the shoulders of Jake Westbrook tonight? Good God Man…this 2 year mistake is the worst nightmare I have had…I would say Jake Westbrook (9-5, 4.83 ERA) is to the Cardinals is what Carl Pavano was to the New York Yankees. But at least Pavano didn’t kill the Yankees – he never pitched for them in his 4 years in New York (fine he pitched 26 games – but you get the point).
The Milwaukee Brewers (66-50) extended their NL Central lead to 4 games over the Cardinals last night with a 5-3 victory at Busch Stadium and just about makes tonight’s game a must win for the Redbirds. The Brewers have won 6 of their last 7 versus the Cardinals in 2011 and are 7-3 overall against the Redbirds. The Brewers are playing their best baseball of the season – they are 12-1 i ntheir last 13 games overall…and in the last 2 weeks – their record has went from 54-49 to 66-50. That is called a Division winning run folks.
And Westbrook takes the mound tonight in what I think is a must win for the Redbirds. Every 5 days the Cardinals have to send out Kyle Lohse & Jake Westbrook…that’s 40% of your games – these 2 pitchers are starting. Not good Moz. The last time Westbrook faced the Brewers was on June 12th, where he allowed 8 hits and 4 runs in 5 innings pitched.
The Brewers send Randy Wolf to the mound who won last Wednesday’s series finale in Milwaukee, but he did allow 5 runs in six innings. On May 6th, Wolf allowed 6 runs in 5 innings to the Cardinals…so Randy hasn’t been very good against the Redbirds this season. Albert Pujols, who was 0 for 5 last night, is 10 for 34 lifetime off of Wolf, including 2 homeruns.
I will say this for Westbrook, he is 2-1 since the All-Star break and in 5 starts has a 3.19 ERA. But I ask you this Cardinals fans…do you really feel confident with Westbrook toeing the rubber tonight in the biggest game of the year?