June 10, 2012, 11:44 AM
Kyle Lohse looked fantastic yesterday against Cleveland. After laboring through about four starts, he's looked very sharp his last couple of times out.

With Jaime on the shelf for a while, the Birds really need him to continue to give them solid outings. Westbrook has been horrible lately, so the rotation is going to be thin if someone doesn't step up. Waino, Lynn and Lohse are the only three bringing solid games right now.

It'll be interesting to see if Mozeliak looks at making a move for a starting pitcher at any point, or if he just focuses on the bullpen. My guess is that they wait on Carpenter and see when/if he comes back to fill the rotation void.
June 13, 2012  08:38 PM ET

Jake Westbrook: 0-4 with a 7.55 ERA in his last six starts. Not good.

June 18, 2012  02:09 PM ET

Its getting to point where Westbrook's outings should be evaluated inning by inning and he definitely doesn't inspire confindence past the 5th inning. Compounding his struggles is the fact the 'pen is anything but stellar at the moment.

Joe Kelly has been a solid surprise and could play a role in the 'pen during the stretch run provided Carp and Garcia make successful returns.

June 19, 2012  12:22 PM ET

Agree about Westbrook. I'm pretty disappointed in him. He lost weight and got in better shape, and I really expected him to come in and have a big year. He started off okay, but lately has been very, very shaky.

Right now, they have Lynn, Adam and Lohse pitching well. As you say, Kelly has been a pleasant surprise, but they really need more out of Jake until Jaime and Carp can get back. Hopefully we're not too far behind Cincinnati by the time that all happens.

June 21, 2012  08:47 AM ET

Well, I don't know where that came from, but Kudos to Jake pitched a heck of a game last night. I rip him when he's bad, so I'll give him props for that game against a very good Detroit lineup.

Now let's hope Lohse can follow with a strong performance in the matinee today.

 
June 21, 2012  10:55 AM ET

Brilliant outing by Mr. Westbrook! The goal now would be for him to produce 6 to 7 innings of that on a consistent basis.

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