This was supposed to be the grand finale of Jake Westbrook's Tribe career, his chance to audition for the many contenders interested in a competent pitcher to round out their rotations. Even if it wasn't grand, It was probably a finale, for his next start is slated for the 27th, just a couple days before Non-Waiver trade deadline, and at this time of the year, buyers are going to want as many starts as possible from their acquisitions. Because Westbrook missed the entirety, whichever team he ends the season with won't get draft compensation for him should he sign with someone else. In other words, there's little upside to not trading him, even if the the Indians are interested in re-signing him.
Westbrook got to face a Mauer-less lineup, as Twins manager Ron Gardenhire gave his star catcher a "full" day off, declining even to make him the DH. Mauer's presence wasn't need, for the Twins in the lineup collected 9 hits and scored 6 runs, 4 of them off Westbrook. Two of the four runs (all of them coming in the third inning) that Jake let score came from walks. And, unlike some recent outings, he didn't compensate for the base runners with strikeouts. This season we haven't gotten many of the occasional masterpieces that go along with the usual workmanlike six inning affairs, though he's still been good enough to be enticing to other clubs.
|Highest WPA||Lowest WPA|
|Jhonny Peralta||.034||Trade Value||-.156|
|Chris Gimenez||.009||Jayson Nix||-.129|
|Hector Ambriz||.008||Carlos Santana||-.094|