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Westbrook 'can do same as he always did'

Posted on: July 31, 2010 4:39 pm
 
Jake Westbrook was never a 20-game winner. He was an All-Star, but only once, five years ago.

When the story of this deadline month is written, we'll remember that Cliff Lee, Dan Haren and Roy Oswalt were the big-name pitchers traded.

We won't remember Jake Westbrook unless . . . well, unless he proves to be exactly what the Cardinals need him to be, and helps carry them past the Reds and into the postseason.

"He can still do the same things he always did," said one scout who has followed Westbrook's career closely. "If he faces an undisciplined team that chases the sinker, he'll have success. He's throwing 89-92 [mph], and he can carve you up real quick."

At one time, Westbrook was a dependable starter for the Indians, winning 14 games in 2004 and 15 games each of the following two years. He hurt his elbow in 2008, needed Tommy John surgery and missed all of the 2009 season.

He's been somewhat inconsistent this year, with a 6-7 record and 4.65 ERA in 21 starts. But as with most pitchers coming back from surgery, he should get sharper as the year goes on. The only question is whether he will fatigue by the end of the year, since he's three years removed from pitching a full season.
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