Cards need solid performance from Westbrook tonight

10:52 AM, Jun 20, 2012   |    comments
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jake Westbrook (35) throws to a Chicago White Sox batter in the first inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE
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By Grant Braden
The Cardinal Nation Show

(The Cardinal Nation Show) -- The St. Louis Cardinals are at it again. With a 34-34 record, the ballclub is flirting with that fine line of dropping below the .500 mark for the first time this season. They trail first place Cincinnati by 4.5 games and do not appear to be gaining any traction, losing six of their last ten games.

The Birds hand the ball to veteran Jake Westbrook.

Westbrook began the season 4-2 with a cool 1.76 ERA. In his last four starts though he is 1-3 and has surrendered at least three earned runs in each one. The one win came against the White Sox last week, a game in which Westbrook only threw 67 pitches in six innings of work.

Westbrook is 2-0 in his last two starts against the Tigers, sporting a 2.03 ERA. Both wins came while he was on the Cleveland Indians in 2010.

Detroit will counter with righthander Rick Porcello. Porcello is in his fourth season, all with Detroit. He is 4-4 with a rising 5.18 ERA in his 13 starts thus far. Porcello got no decisions in three of his last four starts, but got the win against the Cubs one week ago from today. He only went five innings though, allowing nine hits, four earned runs and fanning five.

Porcello has one previous start against the Cardinals that came at about this time back in 2009. He got the win as the Tigers defeated the Cardinals 6-3.

The Tigers offense scored six runs while slamming out twelve hits last night in game one of the three game series. Led by Miguel Cabrera, four hitters had two hits. The Cardinals were only able to squeeze out five hits, two of them by the last hitter in the lineup Daniel Descalso. Descalso also scored two of the three Cardinal runs.

QUICK NOTE: Tiger's hitters have had great success against Westbrook in the past. Cabrera (6 for 10, HR), Ramon Santiago (9 for 22), Jackson (4 for 10), and Prince Fielder (5 for 14, HR) will all look to past success to try and take game two of the series.

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