Called upon in emergency relief his last time out, Jake Westbrook had one of the worst games his career. He'll have to try to bounce back on the road, where he's also struggled.
But Westbrook and the St. Louis Cardinals at least have the fortune of facing a Chicago Cubs team in the throes of unprecedented offensive struggles at Wrigley Field on Friday.
Westbrook (7-7, 4.11 ERA) has lost three straight appearances, posting an 11.05 ERA while walking 10 over 14 23 innings. He matched a career worst by allowing nine runs as well as 13 hits over 4 23 innings of relief in a 13-4 loss to the Dodgers last Wednesday. Westbrook was slated to start the following day but was needed out of the bullpen after starter Shelby Miller was hit by a line drive in the game's first at-bat.
It was the right-hander's first relief appearance in more than nine years.
"You want to come in and do what you can and help the team out," said Westbrook, who is 6-3 in 11 starts versus Chicago with a 3.74 ERA, in...