Are you demoting Randy Wells to the bullpen? Tossing him under the bus after his disastrous outing Friday: five runs, zero outs?
I’m not sure what to make of it, either. But I do know Wells entered Friday’s game with opponents batting .152 against him in the first inning…not that St. Louis seemed to care.
Wells tossed a career-high 8.1 innings vs. Texas five days ago, which was good enough for his sixth quality start in nine outings. He went 3-0 in April and dropped two tough no-decisions this month…remaining solid overall.
So does one really bad outing justify sending Wells to the pen’? And are the Cubs any better with Zambrano in the rotation vs. Wells?
I’d say no. But Wells picked a bad day to have his worst day…and that might be the excuse the Cubs are looking for to get Big Z back in the rotation.
Credit Randy Wells for helping Chicago avoid its first 0-3 start to a season since 1997…when the Cubs rattled off 14-straight losses!
Pitching duel through-&-through between the starters…which you expect from two guys who finished in the top six of the NL Rookie of the Year voting last season.
Tommy Hanson, who finished third in the voting, probably wins the award had the Braves not opted to keep Tom Glavine in the rotation early on in 2009. Hanson didn’t enter the rotation until June…and finished 11-4 with a 2.89 ERA.
Cubs go hitless again with RISP…0-for-5…but turn three double plays in the field. Failing to turn a single one of them probably cost Chicago the game. DEFENSE MATTERS!
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 hard to find confidence in Carlos Marmol.
I can’t ever remember saying that before this season, but it’s been the same old story with Carlos all year.
It seems the guy is a sure bet to walk the first batter he faces, as he did again Monday night.
It’s like Marmol is afraid to throw strikes. And if it’s not a fear of being hit, then what’s the problem?
Randy Wells is deserving of an All Star selection.
Of course, there’s a fat chance he’ll represent the Cubs in St. Louis, but that doesn’t mean he’s not worthy.
Had the guy been given any run support this season he’d have the number of wins to be legitimately considered.
Nonetheless, Wells has been simply terrific through 10 starts.
In exactly half his outings he’s lasted at least seven innings pitched.
He‘s also totaled 45 strikeouts vs. just 14 walks, and has managed to win three games in a row despite receiving a meek three or fewer runs of support in seven of 10 outings.
What stands out to me most about Wells, however, is his ability to keep the ball low in the strike zone. Of the 26 batters he faced Thursday, 12 were ground ball outs. That’s huge!
This is how Cubs baseball is suppose to look.
The lineup hit like it should…a quality outing from Randy Wells…and Kevin Gregg closes the door.
Keep hitting the repeat button and the Cubs close in next on St. Louis.
I said Saturday the Cubs could use a nice 6-3 win to complement its three consecutive walk-off wins. Sunday’s 6-2 margin of victory does the trick.
Of course, walk-off wins are positive reminders that you’re never out of the game, but winning in the fashion the Cubs did Sunday should remind this team what winning feels like on a consistent basis.