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Davis should end Cubs' failed experiment soon

Posted on: May 9, 2011 2:15 pm
By Matt Snyder

The next opening in the Cubs' starting rotation -- read: The hole where Mike Quade and Jim Hendry have insisted on using a relief pitcher as a starter and compromising the entire bullpen -- is this coming Friday. It looks as if James Russell is going to get another shot, as Doug Davis has been promoted simply to Triple-A and will start Tuesday. ( )

It's funny to say that Doug Davis is going to make a huge impact on anything at this point, but he's badly needed for the Cubs right now.

When both Andrew Cashner and Randy Wells went down on the same day after very solid respective first outings, the Cubs promoted Casey Coleman to take one of the vacant spots and have essentially left the second opening empty.

James Russell has gotten the ball each time the need for a fifth starter has arisen, but he's also been brought out of the bullpen three times since he made his first start. He was also on a 55-pitch count the first time and has been limited in subsequent outings. The Cubs have lost every game Russell has started. He's 0-4 with a 10.05 ERA and 2.02 WHIP in four starts. He's got a 0.00 ERA and 0.75 WHIP as a reliever with four strikeouts and one walk in four relief innings.

Does that sound like a starting pitcher?

Yet the Cubs continue to try and cram a square peg into a round hole. On a related note, the Cubs are four games out of first place -- yes, the same number of games they've given away in trying to use Russell in a role for which he is ill-suited. What if they finish four games or less out of a playoff berth? You never know. It's a long season, but there's no reason to virtually throw games.

Enter Davis. He might have some gas left in the tank, at least to tide the Cubs over until both Wells and Cashner are ready to come back -- they are progressing, but haven't yet gone on a rehab assignment.

Davis, 35, worked himself back into shape for all of April after the Cubs inked him and struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings worth of work in a Class-A game last Thursday. He had a forgettable 2010 campaign, which was riddled with injuries, but in 2009 he threw 203 1/3 innings and put together a 4.12 ERA. He knows how to pitch at the big-league level.

If nothing else, Davis can eat innings for the Cubs and help save the bullpen once every five days. That's not happening with Russell, because he's a member of the bullpen and can't get through five innings in a start.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 4:02 pm

Davis should end Cubs' failed experiment soon

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 1:56 pm

Davis should end Cubs' failed experiment soon

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Since: May 9, 2011
Posted on: May 9, 2011 4:23 pm

Davis should end Cubs' failed experiment soon

I'm not sure why people insist on referring to Russell starting as an experiment. What did the Cubs ever say to lead you to the conclusion that they ever thought it was a good idea? The Cubs lost two starting pitchers after their very first April start.
This was a move of desperation. They were simply trying for the least destructive bad option because there were no good ones.
The Cubs knew the options were all bad, so further criticism serves no point.

If it had been June in stead of early April they would have actually had good options.

Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: May 9, 2011 3:23 pm

Davis should end Cubs' failed experiment soon

I think Coleman will be okay, he's only 23 for crying out loud.  I hope the Cubs hang with him as they don't have much to lose( except games) on their mound.

Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: May 9, 2011 2:18 pm

Davis should end Cubs' failed experiment soon

If you are excited about Doug Davis joining your team's rotation then it's going to be a long year...unfortunately that's exactly where myself and every other Cubs fan find ourselves right now.

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