Last night Joe Kelly was knocked out of the game after two pitches, being
hit by a line drive from Carl Crawford in the elbow, losing 13-4 to the
Los Angeles Dodgers. Early word is that Kelly will be ok.
Not much good came out of last night’s game, except for Jake Westbrook.
Here are his stats.
IP 4 2/3
After looking at these stats, you are probably wondering “How, with those
stats, can you say something good can be taken from that?”
Because he took one for the team.
Westbrook, with no one in the Cardinals bullpen able to pitch multiple
innings, and with Mike Matheny wanting to rest his rookies, came in on
short rest, ZERO warning, and gutted it out until the sixth. Only a
longtime baseball fan can understand what Westbrook did for the
Cardinals. Westbrook is not familiar with coming out of the bullpen; He
is a starting pitcher, plain and simple.
He was able to eat up some innnings, and rest guys like Seth Maness and
Kevin Siegrist. Westbrook proved again that he is a team player and ready
to do what needs to be done. Yeah, his stats will not appreciate it, but
I am pretty sure that his teammates, coaching staff, and certain fans do.