6/12 An end to Wells' 1st inning curse?

The Cubs may have found the answer to Randy Wells’ first inning curse. Lou Piniella and Larry Rothschild looked at some film of Wells’ delivery and feel they’ve found a minor mechanical flaw when he’s pitching out of the stretch.

“It’s off the stretch, not off the windup,” Piniella said. “Notice that when [Wells] has his troubles, or has had his troubles, there’s a guy on base. When he’s going good off the windup, he gets one, two, three innings. We feel that Larry hit on something that will help him off the stretch.”

Wells suffered his fifth straight loss Friday, and is 0-5 with a 6.47 ERA in his last eight starts. Teams are batting .357 against him in the first inning.

— Carrie Muskat


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