...the mere idea of placing Wells into a competition, real or manufactured, is absurd. He has been the team’s second best pitcher during the last two seasons, and there’s a good chance he’s in that same spot again in 2011.A reader named JD went to the ol' Mainstream Media Bucket for his counterargument, stating:
I agree that Wells is talented, but last year he had some serious issues with preparation/being out a bit too late on a regular basis. He’s even alluded to his lifestyle causing problems...Fortunately, friend of the site dat cubfan daver was there to set him straight:
There’s been so much hearsay regarding Wells’ alleged “lifestyle” problems that I tend not to put too much, if any, stock in them. As you say, Randy has alluded to something being a little off last season but, to my knowledge, he has NEVER admitted that his social life negatively affected his pitching performance. He’s said stuff like, “I lost focus” and “Got too big for my britches.” In fact, at one point, last season he vehemently denied a rumor that he’d been out partying the night before a bad start.I really do hope the Cubs have created this rotation battle just to keep Randy Wells sharp -- much like NFL teams do with kickers. Frankly, I do not think a battle is necessary for Wells, but the mere thought of Braden Looper or Todd Wellemeyer knocking Wells down to the minors is absurd to me.
As pointed out in the very well-written article above, most of Wells’ 2010 struggles can be attributed to bad luck and normal regression for a second-year pitcher. I’m a little frustrated with the team’s apparent decision to put his rotation spot in jeopardy, but it may very well be just a facade, as Joe mentions. Randy has pitched well in spring training thus far and, to be honest, I’m getting less and less worried about this.