Why Cubs fans fear a sophomore slump for Randy Wells I don’t know.
He showed up early to spring camp…has a perfect 3-0 record in Mesa…and shows no signs of a Geovany Soto letdown.
Wells should have been a 15-game winner in 2009…maybe even more…but the Cubs gave him practically no run support in his first seven outings.
He started 0-3…didn’t earn his first win until his eighth appearance…and yet he led the staff in ERA (3.05) while tying Ted Lilly for most wins (12).
It’s not like the book is still out on Wells, either…he started 27 games last year…plenty of time for opponents to figure out Wells is a strike throwing machine.
His mechanics are sound…he keeps the pitch count low…throws both his sinker and slider for strikes, even when behind in the count.
Greg Maddox won 18-games his second full season in the bigs…Mark Prior did the same…Carlos Zambrano improved nine wins. What reason is there to believe Wells won’t do the same?
The only things keeping Wells from another season terrific season are the same things that haunted him last year…little offense and a faulty bullpen. Both of which are out of Well’s control.