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Wells Pitching For New Contract

By bullpenbrian at 09.11.2011 Leave a comment.

Randy Wells (7-4) didn’t get the win to show for it, but his outing Saturday vs. the Mets was one of his best of the season.

That’s saying something considering Wells had won five straight starts and six of seven overall. 

In fact, Wells has been so dominate of late that he’s issued just four earned runs over his last 28.2 innings, including Saturday’s two-run effort, good for an ERA around 1.00 over that stretch.
 
That’s a far cry from the pitcher Wells was early in the season, who at one point struggled through nine straight starts without a single victory.

So why the turn-a-round?

My guess is it took Wells some time to regain his confidence after suffering a forearm injury following his first start of the season, which landed him on the DL from April 5 through May 28.

It appears, at least by the numbers, his confidence returned in August with Wells posting a (4-0) record, 3.32 ERA and one complete game over six starts, a trend that’s continued through two September starts as well.

Wells’ strong rebound, however, has made him all the more puzzling. It’s tough telling just who this guy is as a starting pitcher.

One moment he appears destined to be DFA, the next he’s keeping pace with Justin Verlander as the best starting pitcher during the month of August.

As I’ve pointed out in an early post, Wells has benefited greatly from pitching for a bad team which has allowed him the opportunity to further develop his game and regain his confidence all at the major league level.

The early sample of that good fortune wasn’t pretty, but overall, Wells is making the most of it.

His timing couldn’t be better, either. With Wells’ $0.475M contract set to expire following the season, the Cubs are left to make a decision on whether or not to bring the 29-year-old back.

As it stands, Randy has all but eliminated the decision part for the Cubs. Now it appears to be a matter of how much for how long?

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