Cardinals reiterate their desire to re-sign Jake Westbrook

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Yesterday’s news that Jake Westbrook recently underwent surgery on his non-throwing shoulder hasn’t changed the Cardinals’ interest in re-signing the free agent-to-be.
According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch general manager John Mozeliak “did reaffirm the team’s plan to pursue Westbrook this offseason for the team’s vacancy in the rotation.” Westbrook has repeatedly said that he’d be open to remaining in St. Louis after posting a 3.48 ERA in 12 starts following a midseason trade to the Cardinals.
Westbrook just completed a three-year, $33 million deal signed with the Indians in 2007, logging 203 innings after missing most of 2008 and all of 2009 with an elbow injury that required surgery. At age 33 and with his injury history Westbrook is unlikely to approach those lofty salaries on the open market, but he should have little trouble securing a multi-year deal in a weak offseason for free agent starting pitching.

And That Happened: Thursday’s Score and Highlight

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Yeah, singular. Other than those ESPN Sunday Night games that opened the season for several years until recently I can’t remember a regular season day or night with only one game scheduled. I also don’t much like it, but no one asks me these things.

Cubs 9, Cardinals 6: The Cardinals led 3-1 heading into the Cubs’ half of the fifth, at which point Chicago went off for five runs, with Ian Happ hitting a two run homer and Jason Heyward, Antony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist each knocking in a run. St. Louis would continue to score but each time they did the Cubs answered, never trailing again.

Heyward had three hits on the night, Happ had that dinger, Rizzo had two doubles and Victor Caratini, giving the just-returned All-Star Willson Contreras an extra day off, had three hits and scored three times.

As for pitching, check out this usage pattern from Joe Maddon:

I guess everyone was fresh after the break, though, so why not?

We get a full slate of 15 games today. As God and Nature intended.