The Cardinals season rests on the shoulders of Jake Westbrook

By Curtis Stelzer

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?

Curtis Stelzer is the featured St. Louis Cardinals columnist for For daily updates, follow him on Twitter @Stelzy and join the fan page on Rant Sports MLB – St. Louis Cardinals

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