Is Randy Wells the Unluckiest Pitcher in Baseball?
For those of you who don't know Randy Wells, he is a 26-year-old rookie starting pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. Wells made his major league debut for Toronto in April 2008, and his Cubs debut in September of that same year.
In 2009, he was called up to the major leagues to replace Carlos Zambrano in the Cubs' rotation due to an injury. He has pitched brilliantly in five starts, with a 1.69 ERA in 32.0 innings, yet is still looking for his first major league win with an 0-2 record.
How is this possible? Well, Randy Wells might just be the unluckiest pitcher in baseball right now.
The Cubs took a 1-0 lead over the Brewers in the fifth inning of Wells' 2009 debut. He left after five scoreless innings with that same lead. Leading 2-1 in the bottom of the eighth, Aaron Heilman served up a game-winning two-run homer to Ryan Braun.
In Wells' second start, he threw six more shutout innings in a game against the Astros. The Cubs took a four-run lead into the ninth inning when closer Kevin Gregg imploded, allowing four hits and a hit batter without recording an out en route to blowing the lead.
His third and fourth starts were both quality starts, but Wells received no run support from the Cubs' offense. Wells allowed three runs in seven innings against the Padres and two runs in seven innings versus the major league leading Dodgers, receiving just one run of support in each outing.
Wells' most recent outing against the Braves was the most brutal. He faced the minimum through 6.2 innings pitched, allowing just a hit batter which was erased by a double play before the no-hitter was broken up by Chipper Jones.
After allowing a leadoff home run in the eighth, followed by a batter reaching on an error, Wells was removed with a 5-1 lead, having allowed just one run on two hits in seven innings. Carlos Marmol went wild, allowing two walks, a sacrifice fly and hitting a batter to cut the lead to 5-3.
In the ninth, the tying run reached base on a strikeout via a wild pitch. With two outs, Jeff Francouer launched a game-tying home run into the seats, blowing Wells' fifth opportunity for his first win in heartbreaking fashion.
From a no-hitter to a no-decision in just two innings. Unbelievable.
I'm not sure what it is about Randy Wells, but for some reason he cannot seem to get credited with a win in the major leagues. Since he's only allowed six earned runs in 32 major league innings, I think he'll have a few more chances to earn it.
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