Sep 28, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves third baseman Chris Johnson (23) reacts after being called out at first to end the game against the Philadelphia Phillies in the ninth inning at Turner Field. The Phillies defeated the Braves 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Game 162 Thread: Westbrook’s Back!


Goodbye Jake Westbrook and farewell 2013 season. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Today marks the end of an era for the St. Louis Cardinals.  It is the end of Jake Westbrook‘s tenure and the continuation of Joe Kelly‘s all in one game.

Presently St. Louis is 1 game ahead of Atlanta for the best record in the National League, which would secure home field advantage through to the Fall Classic.  However, if ATL wins versus Philly and STL loses to Chi Town, the advantage will be given to the Braves since they bested the Cards in the season series.

So today’s games are definitely more than worth watching or following during NFL game’s commercials and halftime shows.

While Jake Westbrrok is starting (for the first time this month) the Cardinals savior Joe Kelly will be ready to come in to relieve the aged veteren.

Westbrook has had a solid career with St. Louis after almost a decade with Cleveland.  His best and somehow least remembered moment was in game 6 of the 2011 World Series at Busch.  He retired a dangerous Rangers lineup on only 7 pitches in the top of the 11th inning before David Freese made history with his walk-off that will never be forgotten in the bottom of the frame.

Westbrook had a fine start in 2013 (especially at home) and nice smile on the cover of Sports Illustrated before coming down to earth.  But his success this year might have been sabotaged by skipper Mike Matheny‘s decision to bring him in after Shelby Miller was hit by a line drive in the elbow in the first inning of a game on August 7th.  Westbrook got destroyed.  But many who were familiar with the 36 year old sinker baller were not surprised at the 5 run shelling.  For example, Cards ex-pitching coach Dave Duncan compared Jake to an old-car that needed time to get warmed up.

Since that night, Westbrook has never returned to any form on the mound other than awful.  Even his strong bat and seniority couldn’t keep him in the rotation or bullpen.

That terrible game also coincided with the continued rise of one Joe Kelly who proved to be a key for the Cardinals hunt for a red October.

Today is another time that MM has made fans cringe, this time by starting a guy who has gotten no work in September in what is a crucial game.  If Westbrook happens to get blown up and cannot make it out of the first couple of innings, then sure Kelly will be waiting.

But that is a very risky situation.

Runs could be hard to come by with Jeff Samardzija on the hill for the Cubbies.  Plus Adron Chambers and Kolten Wong will be at the bottom of the lineup showing off the non-existant bench for the Redbirds.

The Matchup in Atlanta with rookie standout Julio Teheran battling unknown Zach Miner(Philadelphia) looks bleak as well.

St. Louis management should be trying their best to avoid a NLDS matchup with LA and their stellar starting lefties considering Allen Craig‘s absence and Matt Adams presence.

St. Louis has won 53 games at Busch and Atlanta has won 55 at home making today monumental.

Go Cards and Go Phillies!


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  • Thomas Demerath

    Hollar if you hear me!

  • Mike King

    Hey there Thomas.

    • Thomas Demerath

      Yo Mike! Wouldn’t it be nice to face Pitt/Cinci without their aces?

      • Mike King

        Especially with Latos going down today with chips in elbow.

  • Mike King

    What is up with Yadi today? Was he a late scratch after turning in the starting lineup?

    • Thomas Demerath

      who knows. i guess he won’t be able to tie Pudge’s doubles record or help the team get home field

  • Mike King

    Way to go Jon Jay! 2 out RBI single to get the Cards in the lead.

    • Thomas Demerath

      JJ has more RBIs than…

  • Mike King

    Way to go DD! Another 2 out RBI hit for the Cards!

    • Thomas Demerath

      another RBI guy

  • Mike King

    Shane Robinson gets involved with his own 2 out RBI. 3-0!

    • Thomas Demerath

      good to see

  • Mike King

    9 outs and a 3 run lead to get us to home field advantage in the NL!

  • Mike King

    Randy Choate does his job getting the dp ground ball. 6 outs away

  • Thomas Demerath

    HUGE!

    • Mike King

      One more inning to go!

  • Mike King

    NL Best Record!