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35 Jake Westbrook SP
Height/Weight: 6-3/210 | Birthdate: 9/29/1977 | Birthplace: Athens, GA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: St. Louis | College: No College | MLB Experience: 13 | Salary: $8,750,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 552.00

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Jake Westbrook calls it quits


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/14/2014) Veteran right-hander Jake Westbrook, who has garnered little attention this offseason in free agency, has announced his retirement at age 36.

Westbrook lost his starting spot with the Cardinals last August due to a strained back and never got it back. He finished the season at 7-8 with a 4.63 ERA.

One of the top sinkerball pitchers in the game with Cleveland and St. Louis, he concludes his career with a 105-103 record and 4.32 ERA.


Cleveland not interested in signing Jake Westbrook


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/31/2013) The Indians don't have any interest in bringing pitcher Jake Westbrook on a minor-league deal to compete for the team's last spot in the rotation, according to The Plain Dealer. Westbrook made 19 starts and two relief appearances last season, posting a 7-8 record with a 4.63 ERA.

Cardinals to decline Jake Westbrook's option


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(10/31/2013) According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals will decline to exercise the 2014 option on starting pitcher Jake Westbrook .

The 36-year-old made 19 starts and two relief appearances this season, and he turned in a 7-8 record with a 4.63 ERA.


Jake Westbrook pitches scoreless inning in final start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2013) Drawing what's likely to be his final start with the Cardinals, pitcher Jake Westbrook pitched a scoreless first inning before being removed in his team's 4-0 win over the Cubs Sunday.

Westbrook, who is a free agent this offseason, ends his 2013 season with a 7-8 record, 4.63 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and 44:50 K:BB ratio in 116 2/3 innings.


Jake Westbrook starting Sunday for Cardinals


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2013) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny announced Saturday that starter Jake Westbrook will toe the rubber in the final game of the regular season Sunday against the Cubs, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Matheny wants to recognize Westbrook for his contributions. 

St. Louis won the National League central division, though Westbrook did not pitch well this year. He has compiled a 7-8 record with a 4.67 ERA and 1.57 WHIP in 20 apperances, including 18 starts. 


Another start unlikely for Jake Westbrook


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/16/2013) Cardinals right-hander Jake Westbrook, who has made just one relief appearance since moving from the starting rotation because of a strained back in late August, is looking unlikely to make another start before the end of the season, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, though manager Mike Matheny is unwilling to clarify the situation.

"That’s a statement I don't really want to make," Matheny said.

Though Westbrook is having one of his worst seasons, compiling a 4.67 ERA and 1.57 WHIP in 20 apperances, including 18 starts, the soon-to-be 36-year-old says he would like to return for one more. He and the Cardinals have a mutual $8.5 million option for next season.


Jake Westbrook in bullpen for now


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2013) The Cardinals will use pitcher Jake Westbrook out of the bullpen for the time being, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Saturday.

"For now," pitching coach Derek Lilliquist said.

Westbrook has a 7-8 record with a 4.49 ERA and just returned from the disabled list where he spent time with a lower back strain.

"Hopefully, we can get him some action," manager Mike Matheny said.

Westbrook pitched Friday after John Axford left the game. He allowed five runs -- three earned -- over just 1 1/3 innings.

Cardinals activate Jake Westbrook


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2013) The Cardinals have activated starting pitcher Jake Westbrook from the 15-day disabled list, MLB.com reports. 

Westbrook has been out since Aug. 21 with a lower back strain. He had served up at least five earned runs in each of his past four starts, so the Cardinals will hope the rest and recovery will be a pick-me-up the rest of the way. In 10 2/3 rehab innings, Westbrook allowed two earned runs and struck out 10 without a single walk.


Jake Westbrook throws bullpen session, hopes to return Sept. 6


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2013) On Friday, Cardinals pitcher Jake Westbrook threw his second bullpen session since being placed on the disabled list with a lower back strain, MLB.com reports. Westbrook indicated that his back is feeling better, and he hopes to return when first eligible on Sept. 6.

Westbrook is 7-8 with a 4.49 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 43:49 K:BB ratio in 114 1/3 innings.


Cardinals place Jake Westbrook on 15-day disabled list


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2013) The Cardinals have placed pitcher Jake Westbrook on the 15-day disabled list with a back strain , the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. 

Westbrook owns a 4.49 ERA in 114 1/3 innings and has allowed 28 runs in his last 26 innings. Highly touted prospect Carlos Martinez has been recalled and is likely to take his spot in the rotation.


Jake Westbrook dealing with back stiffness


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2013) Cardinals pitcher Jake Westbrook did not take batting practice with the starters Thursday due to back stiffness.

Westbrook allowed five runs -- four earned -- on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings during his last start on Wednesday. Manager Mike Matheny told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch it is too soon to know if Westbrook will be ready for his next start against the Reds Monday.

Jake Westbrook pulled in fifth inning of no-decision


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2013) Cardinals pitcher Jake Westbrook didn't make it out of the fifth inning of Wednesday's start against the Brewers, giving up five runs (four earned) on nine hits and one walk while striking out one in 4 2/3 innings in his team's 8-6 win.

Wednesday's no decision breaks a string of four straight losses for Westbrook but continues a trend of poor play in recent weeks. He's given up 28 earned runs in 26 innings over his last five starts, giving him a 7-8 record, 4.49 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 43:49 K:BB ratio in 114 1/3 innings. His ERA was under 3.00 as recently as July 24. He's scheduled to face the Reds Monday.


Concern mounting with Jake Westbrook


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2013) Cardinals pitcher Jake Westbrook is facing an important start Wednesday against the Brewers, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Westbrook has been really bad in his last four starts, and there's a sense that he could be in danger of losing his rotation spot. While manager Mike Matheny has expressed confidence in his starter, he's added, "we’re not so optimistic that we’re oblivious," concerning Westbrook's struggles. 

Westbrook has a 4.35 ERA in 109 2/3 innings. 


Jake Westbrook's rotation spot safe for now


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2013) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Saturday starting pitcher Jake Westbrook will make his next start Wednesday against the Brewers. Westbrook has struggled lately, going 0-4 with a 10.13 ERA in his last four outings (three starts).

"I know it’s frustrating for him. And baffling to us to try to put it all together. But, physically he feels good and, after you get past that first inning, he looks good," Matheny said, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Matheny wouldn't speculate on Westbrook's status past his start Wednesday.

"Get him out there one at a time. I don’t want to go too far on the ‘what-ifs?’ Just keep moving forward," Matheny said.


Jake Westbrook gets hammered by Cubs


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2013) Cardinals starting pitcher Jake Westbrook (7-8) continued to struggle as he endured a rough outing and suffered his eighth loss of the season Friday against the Cubs. The right-hander was shelled for seven runs -- six earned -- on eight hits and five walks while striking out two over 6 2/3 innings of a 7-0 defeat.

Westbrook has yielded 17 runs -- 15 earned -- combined over his last two starts (11 1/3 innings). He is scheduled to make his next start Wednesday at Milwaukee. He allowed one earned run over six innings pitched in his previous meeting against the Brewers on May 2.

Jake Westbrook getting time to 'reboot'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2013) Cardinals starting pitcher Jake Westbrook isn't scheduled to make his next start until Friday against the Cubs, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Westbrook threw a bullpen session Saturday and could throw another one before returning to action.

"I can work on some things, reboot a little," Westbrook said. "Struggling a little bit with my stuff. I think it will be good for me."

Westbrook is 0-3 with an 11.05 ERA in his last three outings (two starts). Westbrook said his struggles have stemmed from searching for his timing on the mound, which has impacted his delivery.

"Trying to find that timing where I feel comfortable and my arm is in the right spot to repeat that over and over and over again instead of being at different speeds, different arm angles," Westbrook said.


Jake Westbrook pressed into service, takes loss


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2013) Pressed into service one day before his scheduled start after pitcher Shelby Miller threw just two pitches before exiting with an elbow injury Wednesday, Cardinals pitcher Jake Westbrook took the loss in his team's 13-4 defeat at the hands of the Dodgers, surrendering nine earned runs on 13 hits and two walks while striking out one in 4 2/3 innings.

Westbrook has picked up a loss in each of his last three appearances to fall to 7-7 while his ERA has risen from 2.95 to 4.11. He'll likely start Tuesday against the Pirates if Miller can't make his scheduled start to keep him on his regular schedule.


Jake Westbrook surrenders five runs in loss


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2013) Cardinals pitcher Jake Westbrook fell to 7-6 in his team's 8-3 loss to the Reds Saturday, giving up five earned runs on four hits and five walks while striking out five in five innings.

Westbrook continues to exhibit extreme home/road splits, giving up 32 earned runs in 56 innings on the road and only six earned runs in 42 1/3 innings at home. His next scheduled start is in St. Louis Thursday against the Dodgers, and he goes into the game with a 3.48 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 39:41 K:BB ratio.


Jake Westbrook gives it up early


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2013) St. Louis starting pitcher Jake Westbrook wasn't at his sharpest on Monday night during his start at Pittsburgh. In an important matchup, Westbrook gave up all four runs he allowed in the first inning and couldn't recover.

The starter took the loss to fall to 7-5 on the season with a 3.18 ERA. He gave up a Andrew McCutchen RBI single and Pedro Alvarez three-run homer in the first, but didn't allow another run the rest of the way. Westbrook gave up four runs on four hits and three walks with two strikeouts over five innings. He threw 100 pitches and only 56 went for strikes.

The 35-year-old veteran had won his previous two outings and has been a consistent force for the Cardinals all season. He just had a bumpy first inning against the Pirates Monday. He is next scheduled to take the hill for the Cardinals on Saturday at Cincinnati.

Jake Westbrook earns seventh win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2013) Cardinals pitcher Jake Westbrook received plenty of run support en route to his seventh win as his team beat the Phillies 11-3 Wednesday. Westbrook gave up three earned runs on nine hits in seven innings while striking out two and walking none.

Westbrook takes a 7-4 record, 2.95 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 32:33 K:BB ratio into Monday's start against the Pirates.


Jake Westbrook earns sixth win with quality start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2013) Cardinals pitcher Jake Westbrook tossed a quality start Friday to earn his sixth win in his team's 9-6 victory over the Padres, allowing two earned runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out one in 6 1/3 innings. Westbrook also went 3 for 3 with one double, one RBI and two runs scored in the win.

Westbrook hasn't struck out more than three batters in any of his last eight starts, giving him a 30:33 K:BB ratio in 81 1/3 innings. However, he does have a 6-4 record and 2.88 ERA entering a matchup with the Phillies Wednesday.


Jake Westbrook settles for tough loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2013) Cardinals starting pitcher Jake Westbrook threw his second quality start in a row in a 3-0 loss Thursday to the Cubs.

Westbrook allowed Cubs' first baseman Anthony Rizzo an RBI single in the first and a two-run  double in the third. He allowed the three runs on seven hits in seven innings. He walked four and struck out two while throwing 59 of 101 pitches for strikes.

Westbrook is 5-4 with a 2.88 ERA in 12 starts. His next start is scheduled for July 19 against the Padres. 


Post-ASB plans come to light for Cardinals


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2013) The Cardinals announced their post-All-Star break rotation plans, Wednesday, and they will not need a fifth starter for a few weeks, according to MLB.com.  As a result, Joe Kelly will return to the bullpen, with the rotation setting up as follows: Jake Westbrook, Lance Lynn, Adam Wainwright and Shelby Miller

Jake Westbrook gives up one run in win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2013) Cardinals pitcher Jake Westbrook surrendered just one earned run on three hits in seven innings against the Marlins Friday to earn a win and move to 5-3. He didn't strike out or walk a batter in the victory.

Westbrook bounced back from giving up 10 earned runs in 10 innings over his last two starts, and his only blemish was on a second-inning solo home run. He takes a 2.78 ERA into Thursday's start against the Cubs.


Jake Westbrook can't make support stand up


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2013) Cardinals starting pitcher Jake Westbrook was hit hard Sunday in a 7-5 loss to the Athletics.

Westbrook allowed two runs on three hits in the first inning but led 5-2 heading into the third and looked well on his way to his fifth win. Instead, Westbrook gave up two runs on four hits and two errors in the third, then gave up the lead in the fourth on a two-run home run by Jed Lowrie.

Westbrook was tagged for six runs on 10 hits and two walks in four innings while throwing 53 of 83 pitches for strikes. He struck out three. Westbrook's record fell to 4-3, while his ERA rose to 2.95.   

Westbrook's next start is scheduled for Friday against the Marlins.