Randy Wells Struggling Down Stretch…

Posted on 18 September 2009 by Lou

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Randy Wells has struggled down the stretch here during the 2009 MLB schedule.  The Cubs 38th round draft choice in 2002 has logged 147 innings in 24 starts, so it’s not surprising that he’s experiencing a little arm fatigue right now.  Manager Lou Pinella played it right yesterday.  After just 4 innings of work – 5 ER on 5 hits and 5 walks in 80 pitches – Pinella pulled Wells for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the inning.  Micah Hoffpauir came through with a clutch 2-out double that cut the Brewers lead to 5-4.  The move got the Cubs closer in the game, and gave Wells a little extra rest here.

The Cubs have now dropped 5 of Wells’ last 6 starts.  Not all of it has not been Wells’ fault, but he has not been as crisp as he was at the start of the season.  In 3 of the starts, Wells gave up 5 runs with all but 2 of those runs being earned.  The Cubs lost all 3 games.  In the other 3 starts, however, he gave up a total of 5 runs with only of the runs being earned.  Wells and the Cubs went 1-2 in those 3 games.  The bigger concern is watching Wells lose some of his command.  In the 6 starts, he walked 2, 4, 2, 0, 3 and 5 respectively.  Not good for someone who has had a WHIP in the low 1.20′s for most of the season.  Regardless of how it all shakes out here, Wells has been a pleasant surprise in 2009 and has likely earned him a slot in the 2010 Cubs starting rotation.  Let’s just hope the Cubs can get the rest of their act together before the start of spring training 2010.

Oh yeah, the Cubs lost 7-4, and Milton Bradley left the game with left knee inflammation after a single in the top of the 6th inning.  The Cubs trail the Cards by 9 games (Cards magic number is 8) and the Rockies by 7 games.  Yippee…

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