Los Angeles (22-17) at Cleveland (17-21)

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  • Game info: 12:05 pm EDT Wed May 18, 2005
  • TV: FSW
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This just doesn’t seem to be Jake Westbrook’s year.

The 27-year-old right-hander will look to shake off his early season struggles when the Cleveland Indians wrap up their three-game series with the visiting Los Angeles Angels.

Westbrook, who went to his first All-Star game last year and finished 14-9 with a 3.38 ERA, hasn’t had much success during the first six months of this season. He lost each of his first five starts, and has managed just one win in eight outings.

On Friday, Westbrook appeared headed for his second win in three starts, but was removed from Cleveland’s 6-4 win over Toronto after 3 2-3 innings due to a lengthy rain delay. The Indians were leading 5-2 at the time.

“That’s just the way things have gone so far for me this year,” Westbrook said. “Anything that could go wrong has gone wrong.”

Westbrook had one of his best outings of the season against the Angels on April 20, yielding two runs over eight strong innings, but was outdueled by Bartolo Colon in a 2-0 loss. Colon, who will oppose Westbrook again Wednesday, pitched eight innings of four-hit ball in that matchup.

Only Tampa Bay’s Dewon Brazelton (1-7) has more losses than Westbrook.

The Indians avenged Monday’s series-opening 3-1 loss with a 13-5 victory Tuesday.

The league’s worst hitting team posted season highs in runs and hits (19) as Ben Broussard and Travis Hafner each hit two-run homers. Cleveland ended a two-game skid and won for the fourth time in its last six.

Chone Figgins broke out of an 0-for-21 slump with three hits for the Angels, who had won three of their previous four.

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B. Colón NYM vs. J. Westbrook StL
21-8 Record 15-15
3.48 ERA 4.49
157 K 119
43 BB 56
1.16 WHIP 1.30