Randy Wells has been a true road warrior this year, pitching well above his experience. Chalk this one up to the Cubs when Chicago and Pittsburgh end their series at PNC Park.
Chicago Cubs pitcher Randy Wells has been pitching more like a veteran rather than a young player in his first year as a starter.
He has a 2.20 ERA, allowing just eight earned runs in 32.2 innings pitched on the highway. He is a young road warrior to say the least with 26 strikeouts and has allowed only 24 hits in road games. That says a lot for a young hurler to have more strikeouts than hits in road play. He has been solid overall with seven quality starts in nine appearances this season.
Pittsburgh sends Virgil Vasquez to the mound, who in his season debut looked very solid pitching six innings and allowing just two earned runs. That was against a lethargic Kansas City Royals offense though. We're not saying the Cubs offense has been superb this year but Vasquez' numbers in his lone start this season don't tell the whole truth about him.
In his rookie season in 2007 for Detroit, Vasquez struggled with a 8.64 ERA. Last year with Triple-A Toledo he had a rather high 4.81 ERA. He has only pitched 22 innings in the big leagues with a 7.14 ERA, allowing 31 hits and 18 earned runs in just 22.2 innings of work.
We're not sold on the inexperienced Vasquez and believe his flaws will be brought forth today and the Cubs pick up the win. We feel much more comfortable laying a little extra change on a young hurler who has been playing with confidence and shows great numbers consistently all year.
Free Pick: Cubs -128