The majority of baseball fans would be surprised to see the NL ERA leaders and read the number one ranking, Jake Westbrook, 1.07 ERA.
The St. Louis Cardinals right-hander has posted an impressive pitching line through the first month of the season,…. or has he?
33.67IP / 30H / 4 ER / 0HR / 17BB / 18K
Factor12 Rating: 26.719 (#56)
At second glance, Westbrook has been very lucky. A 1:1 SO/BB rate usually spells trouble for pitchers. Though, utilizing a heavy sinker, he has kept the ball in the yard, allowing zero home runs.
In his first two starts of the season, Westbrook did not allow an earned run in 15.67 IP. However, he allowed 12 base runners (6BB/ 1K) in 6.67 IP in his first start against the San Francisco Giants.
His April 16 start against the Pittsburgh Pirates was rained out after two innings. The right-hander was roughed up, allowing 5 hits and 4 runs (3 ER). However, the game was unofficial and his 0.00 ERA was reset.
Here are some underlying pitching components: