Randy Wells will try to continue his hot stretch today. Let’s say he closes out the year without another disaster start. How are you feeling about him as a “lock” in the rotation next year? I’m still unsure, as much of a Wells supporter as I am, and as much as I suspect his struggles were injury-related.

  • Well, I feel like a dope. I knew Derrek Lee was out until yesterday with a broken wrist, which he suffered in early August. But I’d completely forgotten that the broken wrist came courtesy of a Carlos Marmol pitch. Yesterday’s ending – in Lee’s first game back from the disabled list – was fitting.
  • Before yesterday’s implosion, the Cubs’ bullpen had allowed just five earned runs in its last 41 innings. Yo.
  • Depending on what happens in the offseason, Casey Coleman is looking increasingly likely to get a shot at making the rotation next year. The question: is he finally figuring it out (he only just turned 24), or is he doing the late season tease again?


  • Obnoxious Bryan LaHair Watch: Two games on the roster, zero at bats. Carlos Pena is more interested in seeing LaHair get some playing time than Quade. “I want him to get some opportunity and really get a shot and get his feet wet,” Pena said. “He deserves it. We’ll find a way. Obviously I want to be there every single day at first base, but I want him to play also. We’ll find a way to work it in.”
  • Speaking of Pena, he’s sad, on a personal level, that Carlos Zambrano will not be returning to the team. And, once again, Pena is a picture of eloquence. “I think we should focus on the good stuff that he has brought to this ballclub, the good times,” Pena said. “He has dominated at times, he’s been a great teammate at times. And the rest, those are things that he must deal with. We’re all here for him. At the end of the day, we’re all here for him. That’s what’s most important. … Baseball is our career, but there is more to life.”
  • Reader Michigan Goat reviews 2012 first base options.

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