Randy Wells had a solid outing (insert Astros caveat), his first in a long, long time. Wandy Rodriguez was actually better, but because two of the hits he gave up left the park, he gets the loss.

Carlos Marmol was ready to come into a 2-1 game in the 9th for the save, but the Cubs tacked on three runs in the bottom of the 8th. It was probably for the best, as Marmol gave up a hit and hit a guy before wriggling out of things.

  • ry

    I will give credit where credit is due. Nice job Randy Wells, who cares if it was against the Astros or not, a nice start indeed!

  • Fishin Phil

    I would think the Indians with all there injuries in the outfield would be willing to pay big for Byrd.

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  • Corey

    I smell a season high win streak on the way !

  • Ron

    Wells has had some good games where he stayed in an inning too long or was hosed by bad defense. He pitchee really well against the Yankees and had a no hitter through six before Q killed him.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      If he can get through the first without giving up runs, it seems, he’s going to have a good start.

    • hardtop

      i think, prior to this game, that yankees game and his one and only game befoe going on the DL were only good games he had. given, he hasnt had a lot of games, but im reluctant to blame quade for randy’s woes… and im not reluctant to blame quade for much. the key to this game… he didnt give up multiple runs in the first, which he has done in all but those 2 previously mentioned outings i believe. though at the start of the first inning i was sure it was going to be at least 2 zip in the bottom of the first, he got out of it, and stayed the course. great outing with the cubs getting owned by wandy early. the bad news, marmol continues to look shit-tastic.

  • The Magicman

    when do some deals starting rolling in

  • Toosh

    Hendry won’t do anything.

  • alek

    It almost seems it takes wells a little longer to get used to the pitching mound on the field compared to the one he warms up with in the bullpen before the game. Is there any difference between the two? If so how much and would it be enough to kinda throw off his delivery.

  • Steve

    SNo, the difference is minimal. He’s a pro, and it shouldn’t matter. There have been a million reasons tossed out, as to why an very average pitcher has had his difficulties. There’s your answer: he’s an average pitcher.

  • PFK

    Nice to see Wells have a good outing, hopefully he can get some momentum from this. He’s a serviceable 4th or 5th starter. But he’s also a bullpen killer in that he rarely goes deep into a game and occasionally he only goes an inning or two. He’s one of those pitchers that will have a long career always trying to make it. Good enough for teams to take a chance, bad enough to just not quite make it. Flashes of brilliance bookended by several average or horrible starts.

    • willis

      If you look at the last few weeks of last year and Spring Training this year, it seemed as if Wells had really put it together. He had everything working. Then the forearm happened and walla-poopyness. Here’s hoping this start, albeit against the Disastros gets his shit going in the right direction. He seems to be a great 5 inning pitcher, with one bad inning sprinkled in early. It would be nice for him to find what he had before the injury and catch fire the rest of the season.

  • willis

    I would much rather the Indianas come after Fuk, but byrd is much better and much cheaper, so unfortunately that is who they will target if they come sniffing this way.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      The return on Byrd could be very nice, though. The Cubs are faced with a tough choice on him – trade him for value, and take your chances in 2012 with the young guys and Soriano; or keep Byrd, dump Soriano, and let Byrd steward the young guys in 2012. I lean toward getting that value now, and believe me, I LOVE Marlon Byrd.

      • willis

        I love him as well and think he would be a hell of a good influence on the younger guys next year. I would prefer dumping Soriano at almost any cost to dealing Byrd. But, he will bring back pieces that could have an impact sooner than later.

        Obviously my wish if for the corner guys to go bye-bye, but if Byrd brings value, you have to do it.

        • http://Bleachernation Bric

          I don’t see why the Cubs should try to keep any of the veterans (Byrd, Sori, and Fuk). Trade them all if possible. If you’re going to rebuild, then rebuild. If three or four guys get traded, the two or three vets that return are simply going to be viewed as hold overs on a new team. And I’m not a big subscriber to the “He’ll mentor the young players” theory. Byrd’s a great guy but no one is going to say “Here- let me help you take my job from me…”

          As far as who would be the outfield next year without Fuk, Reed, Byrd, and Sori- does it really matter? We’ve seen what these guys can do and it aint pretty. Strike out a ton, fail to hit in clutch situations, move base runners over, mental lapses, etc. It’s sounds cold and negative and I like all of these guys, but a change for all of them is long over due. I’d rather take the chance on Jackson, Colvin, Montenez, Ceasar, Capana, or any of the younger guys and hope for something special than bring these guys back and know the Cubs won’t win 80 games.