Randy Wells (6-13) took another loss as the Houston Astros beat the Chicago Cubs 4-0. I called the outcome but was way off on the score, calling an 8-5 win for Houston. The winning pitcher was Brett Myers (11-7).
Carrie Muskat has posted an article at the Chicago Cubs’ website titled “Wells ready to move forward after Cubs’ loss.” Muskat reports on Wells’ post-game misery, among other things.
Of course, even with things going better for the team, although they have been going “less better” lately, there is tension because guys are fighting for places next year and there are a lot of them who are anything but assured places. Wells is one of those players “on the dime,” and he has really struggled this year. Of course, giving up four runs is not a major sin, and on a given day that would have been a winning outing, but Brett Myers has been tough. In fact, the Cubs didn’t get a hit until the fifth inning on Alfonso Soriano’s two-out single.
The Cubs are now 9-6 under new interim manager Mike Quade. That has dropped from 9-4, and I am sure Quade is disappointed. He has had an amazing record, and while it remains pretty good, the “amazing” is beginning to leave the vocabulary.
The Cubs lost their second series out of five, with one being a sweep, giving them their 9-6 record. They won this home stand 5-4.
I disagree with Quade keeping Castro down two games. A one-game “sit-down” would have gotten his attention and given the Cubs a better chance yesterday, especially with Aramis Ramirez on the bench.
Wells is looking forward to his first start in Busch Stadium against the Cardinals next week. He is a St. Louis native. Waiting for the next start can be tough when you didn’t do what you felt was a good job. Quade knows that but also knows that when you are too tough on yourself, that can work against you.
The Cubs will be back in action on Friday against the Milwaukee Brewers, when Carlos Zambrano will be attempting to keep his winning streak going.
Chicago Cubs’ Website, Carrie Muskat, “Wells ready to move forward after Cubs’ loss”