I’m winning. I’m winning. I’m winning. And I don’t intend on losing again. -Santana
Jake Westbrook throws heavy and boring 90-mph sinker. A stinker of a sinker. Jake Westbrook throws a stinker of a sinker that when it’s going right, is very tough to beat. I know. I’ve seen it. I’ve seen up close and personal. I saw it up close and personal back in 2007. I saw it up close and personal back in 2007 during Game 3 of the American League Championship Series. Back in 2007 during Game 3 of the American League Championship Series, Westbrook’s sinker was going right. He did allow a two-run homer to Jason Varitek in the seventh, but otherwise, he throttled my beloved Red Sox. Throttled ‘em real good like. Of the 20 outs that Westbrook recorded that day, only three came on balls hit to the outfield. He ended three innings with double-play grounders, one with the bases loaded in the second. That’s what Jake Westbrook looks like when his sinker is going right. That’s what he’s been looking like for much of this season.
Yesterday, Jake Westbrook’s sinker was going right. Yesterday, Jake Westbrook pitched eight solid innings. Yesterday, 15 of his outs involved a groundball. Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away. Yesterday, in his 20th start of the season, Big Jake improved his record to 8-4 with a win against the Metropolitans. Big deal, you say? Who cares, you say? So what, you say? I say Westbrook’s eight wins are the second-most he’s ever recorded in his first 20 starts of a season. What’s old is new again. I say he was 10-4 in his first 20 starts for the Indians in 2004. However, I also say, Westbrook’s 5.04 earned-run average this year is the highest of his career in his first 20 starts of a season. But I’m like Weezer, “I don’t care about that.” I’m like Al Davis, “Just win baby!” That’s what Jake’s Westbrook’s been doing. He’s like Charlie Sheen. Winning.
Peace out homies. Six two and even!