More Good Outings by Wells, Cashner Could Mean the Duo Round out the Cubs Starting Rotation – Wrigley Field Mesa Arizona 3/16/11

Posted on 16 March 2011 by Lou

Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner both made good starts on Tuesday which could mean that the duo will round out the Cubs 2011 starting rotation.

Cashner tossed 3 1/3 innings in a split squad game against the A’s, giving up just 1 ER on 2 hits and 3 walks.  He had 2 strikeouts.  Manager Mike Quade is impressed with the fact that Cashner seems confident in his ability to be effective as a starter at the major league level even though he pitched exclusively out of the bullpen for the Cubs in 2010: “That will take him a long way in his development.  I think he enjoys starting.  He’s put his heart and soul into this, and I don’t think there’s something in the back that says, ‘Really, I’m a reliever.’ I think hes’ bought into this completely.”

As for Wells, he finally gave up his first runs of the spring.  He was tagged for 3 runs (2 earned) in 5 innings of a split squad loss against the Rockies.  He has now pitched 14 excellent innings this spring and hopes that he will claim a rotation spot soon.  “I have a lot to prove.  I don’t think you ca ever do enough.  If you’re on that plane to Chicago, you still haven’t done enough… We’ll just keep it rolling and hopefully stay in a nice groove, keep the confidence up and stay healthy, and hopefully everything works out.”

Let’s hope Cashner and Wells keep it up.  I would love to see the two make the starting rotation and I would love for GM Jim Hendry to find someone to take on Carlos Silva and his crazy salary.  Even if the Cubs have to eat half of it in a trade, I think it would be great for Cashner to get some excellent major league experience as a starter during this “up-in-the-air” 2011 Cubs campaign…

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