Jake Westbrook was happy to join a playoff contender when the St. Louis Cardinals acquired him from the Cleveland Indians two years ago.
The veteran right-hander would be happy to win a game at this point.
With the Cardinals back from a 10-game trip, the struggling Westbrook gets his first start against his former team Friday night when the Indians visit Busch Stadium.
From 2001-10, only CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee had more wins in an Indians uniform than Westbrook, and only Sabathia made more starts than the right-hander during that stretch.
After spending nearly his entire MLB career to that point in Cleveland, Westbrook said he was sad but also optimistic about a three-team deal July 31, 2010, that sent him to St. Louis.
"I'm excited to go to a club that's contending for a playoff spot and pitch in some meaningful ballgames," Westbrook said at the time.
Westbrook did in last year's World Series - making two scoreless relief appearances to help the Cardin...