The majority of baseball fans would be surprised to see the NL ERA leaders and read the number one ranking, Jake Westbrook, 1.07 ERA.
The St. Louis Cardinals right-hander has posted an impressive pitching line through the first month of the season,…. or has he?
33.67IP / 30H / 4 ER / 0HR / 17BB / 18K
Factor12 Rating: 26.719 (#56)
In his first two starts of the season, Westbrook did not allow an earned run in 15.67 IP. However, he allowed 12 base runners (6BB/ 1K) in 6.67 IP in his first start against the San Francisco Giants.
His April 16 start against the Pittsburgh Pirates was rained out after two innings. The right-hander was roughed up, allowing 5 hits and 4 runs (3 ER). However, the game was unofficial and his 0.00 ERA was reset.
Here are some underlying pitching components:
FIP: 3.62 / ERA: 1.07 / WHIP: 1.40 / SO-BB: 1 / GBFB: 1.56 / HR9: 0.00
Westbrook has been extremely fortunate based on the number of base runners allowed and poor strikeout minus walk totals. Look for the right-hander to regress toward his career 4.23 ERA / 1.39 WHIP and start serving some dingers in his upcoming starts.