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Westbrook’s whiff-fest

Jake Westbrook (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)New St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jake Westbrook has been striking out NL opponents at a record pace.

Jake Westbrook joined the St. Louis Cardinals with the reputation as a ground ball specialist. Apparently he didn’t get the memo, as the 32-year-old stuck out seven in his six-inning Cardinals debut and followed that up with a nine-K performance in seven frames in Miami Saturday night.

Westbrook’s 16 strikeouts over his first two games wearing the Birds on the Bat ties him with “Toothpick” Sam Jones for the whiffingest pair of debuts in team history since at least 1920. John Smoltz joined the list with 15 one year ago.

Strikeouts, St. Louis Cardinals pitchers, first two games with team, 1920-2010

Pitcher Year 2G total StL debut Game 2
Jake Westbrook 2010 16 7 9
Sam Jones 1957 16 11 5
John Smoltz 2009 15 9 6
Chuck Finley 2002 15 8 7
Kip Wells 2007 14 7 7
Joe Magrane 1987 13 7 6
Sonny Siebert 1974 13 6 7
Howie Pollet 1941 13 7 6
Scipio Spinks 1972 12 5 7

Thanks to researcher Tom Orf for the above table.

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