Postseason Snub Wakeup Call for Westbrook

6 years 6 months 7 hours ago Saturday, April 21 2012 Apr 21, 2012 Saturday, April 21, 2012 8:58:35 AM CDT April 21, 2012 in Baseball
By: Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- It's all about the routine for the new and improved Jake Westbrook.

Once a week, but only once, he abandons the no-carbohydrate diet that helped him shed 20 pounds and splurges for an Italian dinner because his wife is such a good cook. On the mound, every delivery begins the same, with his glove at mid-chest.

Radical change motivated by the St. Louis Cardinals winning the World Series pretty much without the right-hander has been working so far. Westbrook is 2-0 with an 0.64 ERA entering Saturday's start at Pittsburgh.

The 34-year-old right-hander had used a full windup with the bases empty his entire career, and thought that might have led to an erratic release point for his pitches. Teammates also believed he was tipping pitches.

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