To quote Carrie Muskat:
"Randy Wells, in the mix for one of the openings in the rotation, makes his first start Monday." (emphasis added)
To which I say: Are you serious right now??
No, he's not an ace. But Randy Wells is a solid, solid pitcher, as good a bet as any in the National League to give you 180 innings of 4.00 ERA baseball.
Put another way, he is without question a better candidate for the rotation than: Carlos Silva, Andrew Cashner, Sean Marshall, or James Russell. He shouldn't be a part of any "mix," and if the Cubs choose Carlos Silva to start over him then I will be totally flabbergasted. THAT'S RIGHT, FLABBERGASTED!
Wells did appear to have some issues pitching from the stretch at times last year; again, he's not an ace. But he has above-average control, and forces many opposing batters into groundouts, which limits the number of home runs he gives up.
Two things will be true if Wells doesn't make the rotation as of Opening Day: 1) the man will have had a terrible, terrible spring, and 2) the Cubs will not be using their pitchers in an optimal way.
Note: Wells gets the ball in today's spring training game against the Brewers, scheduled for 2:05 p.m. CST. The live thread I tried for yesterday crashed and burned, so if you have something to say about today's game feel free to share it in the comments on this post. I'll be around!