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Randy Wells DFA?

By bullpenbrian - July 18, 2011 - 3:25 am 2 comments.

How much longer before Randy Wells is DFA?

The soon to be 29-year-old has made 10 starts this season with little to no success.

He’s become infamous for his first inning struggles, which continued Sunday, allowing three runs, two via the long ball, putting the Cubs in another early 0-3 hole.

Right and left handed hitters are batting well over .300 against him. He’s served up 10 home runs, five of those coming in his last five starts, and he’s yet to pitch seven or more innings.

Where’s the kid who started his Cubs career with 18.1 scoreless innings, finished sixth in Rookie of the Year voting while showing promise of a 15-game winner?

Through 69 career starts Wells is (21-27) and has steadily declined in his development.

He’s no where near a third or fourth starter in a big league rotation, and barely a fifth starter–even for the pitiful Cubs.

Maybe it’s time to try Wells’ hand out of the bullpen, or simply hand him a ticket back to the minors?

But running this guy out there every fifth day isn’t working…not for Wells or the Cubs.

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The Cubs have scored 53 first inning runs this year, its best mark of any frame. But that production pales in comparison to the 77 runs the Cubs have allowed in the first inning, thanks in large part to Randy Wells’ continuous struggles to get out of the gate unharmed.

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Marlins reliever, Edward Mujica, was caught napping in the bullpen by WGN TV on Saturday. Maybe there’s something to it?

Mujica improved to (8-2) on Sunday as part of a Marlins relief effort that stymied 14 Cubs hitter in-a-row.

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MORE ARAMIS!
Over his last 22 games:
-Batting .373, 11 HR, 23 RBI.
-Has five doubles.
-Scored 22 runs.
-Posted a 1.230 OPS, second in MLB to Jose Bautista.
He’s playing like a man desperate to join a contender!

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Sunday’s NL Central
-Brewers, Bucs & Reds win.
-Cards, Cubs & Astros lose.

Mil – x
Pit – 0.5
StL – 0.5
Cin – 3.5

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MLB receives records of Colon’s procedure
-The exploratory treatment involved taking fat and bone-marrow stem cells from Colon,
then injecting them into the elbow and shoulder to repair ligament damage and a torn rotator cuff.

The doctors have used human-growth hormone in similar procedures but said that HGH was not involved in this case.

The 38-year-old, who started Thursday’s game against the Blue Jays, was 6-4 with a 3.20 ERA in 15 games (12 starts) this season entering the outing.

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Andy Pettitte as a Cub

By bullpenbrian - January 16, 2009 - 1:12 am Leave a comment.

With the Jake Peavy deal in the rear view mirror, at least for the time being, the Cubs should go after F.A. Andy Pettitte.

Despite the fact Pettitte has hinted at retirement the past several seasons if not resigned by the Yankees, I still think an opportunity to win a championship with Chicago could lure the 37-year-old lefty back to the NL Central.

Although it seems Pettitte is often thought of as injury-prone and washed-up, it’s quite the contrary.

Beginning with the 2005 season, Andy has pitched 200+ innings, made no less than 33 starts per season and registered no less than 14 wins per year.

Not to mention, he’s been money during post season having recorded (14) wins in a whopping 35 post season starts.

Granted the Yanks kept Pettitte from retirement with back-to-back $16 million deals, it’s reasonable to think Andy would be willing to sign with Chicago for closer to what he made with the Astros: ’04 – $5.5 million, ’05 – $8.5 million.

Plus, the addition of Pettitte would allow Sean Marshall to stay in the pen as a needed left-handed specialist and he would offer the rotation security for the more unpredictable Rich Harden.

Colon

Colon won 15 games with the Sox in 2003

On the South Side, it’s an interesting decision by GM Kenny Williams to welcome back Bartolo Colon.

Since winning 21 games with the Angels in 2005, Colon’s only specialty has been fighting through nagging injuries, which, has limited the 36-year-old to a meek 34 starts combined during the past three seasons and his record in that same time frame is a sub .500 (11-15).

And while I’m always in favor of adding power arms, if for no other reason than post season play, Colon’s career mark during October is a paltry (1-3) with a 4.15 ERA in eight starts.

Sure, Colon will play with a non-guaranteed contract, but the early predictions that Colon will be the team’s fourth starter are well, just that, too early to tell.

Worse, recent history says he’ll be far from it.

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