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A Feat Not Seen In Eighty Years: Cubs vs. Brewers Preview, Tuesday 9/22, 7:05 CT

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What do I mean by the title of this post? Randy Wells comes into tonight's game with 147 innings pitched and a 3.06 ERA. He needs 15 more innings -- and I think the Cubs could give those to him -- to qualify to win the ERA title. Obviously, he's not going to win it, but you need 162 IP, one per team game, to "qualify".

Here is a complete list of all Cubs rookie starting pitchers who have thrown enough innings to qualify for the ERA title. Surprisingly, it's a very short list -- only ten pitchers. The last of those was Kerry Wood in 1998. Only three of them -- the last being Pat Malone in 1928 -- have had lower season ERA's than Randy Wells has right now. I'd like to see him drop below the 3.04 that's now fourth on that list.

Wells isn't going to be a superstar pitcher, but he throws strikes, seems to know what he's doing on the mound, and can eat up innings. He'll make a fine #3 or #4 starter for the Cubs for many years to come. Of the pitchers on that list, only Ed Reulbach, Joe Niekro, Bill Lee (that's "Big Bill", not "Spaceman") and Malone had long and productive major league careers. Lee, Malone and Reulbach all pitched for the Cubs in the World Series. Niekro did too, but for someone else after he was sent away in the ill-advised deal for Dick Selma.

Maybe Randy Wells will do that too, someday. In the meantime, know that you've seen a very rare season from a Cubs rookie pitcher.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Randy Wells
Randy Wells
Cubs
vs. Dave Bush
Dave Bush
Brewers
10-9 W-L 5-7
3.06 ERA 5.88
88 SO 82
43 BB 32
13 HR 18
vs. Mil -- vs. Cubs

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Randy Wells 10-9 24 24 0 0 0 0 147.0 145 61 50 13 43 88 3.06 1.28


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Dave Bush 5-7 20 19 0 0 0 0 108.2 118 73 71 18 32 82 5.88 1.38

This is another pitching rematch from last week, September 17 at Wrigley. The Cubs hit Dave Bush pretty well -- four ER in 5.2 innings on eight hits -- but couldn't overcome the grand slam that Jody Gerut hit off Randy Wells. Bush has thrown two other times vs. the Cubs this year with two no-decisions.

Randy Wells threw five scoreless innings vs. the Brewers in Miller Park in his first ML start on May 8. A repeat of that would be nice. Just keep him away from Gerut!

The Cubs and Brewers are back on local cable outlets tonight, CSN Chicago and FSN Wisconsin. For other games today, see the MLB.com Mediacenter.

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