Monday, August 3, 2009

Yeah so the Cubs need a closer, but still win

For eight innings this recap looked like it would be an expose on Randy Wells continued brilliance of the National League. Then Carlos Marmol came in for the save and gave us all a giant heart attack. Still he was able to get the save and the Cubs took the first of three games against the Reds.

Wells was brilliant again, much to my astonishment, again. I don't know how he does it, but Wells has been the Cubs saving grace this season. He improved his record to 8-4 on the season and the Cubs took a share of first place in the division on his 7.1 inning, one run effort. His fastball continues to be thrown for strikes, and his slider and change-up are devastating. While I will never be confident on a night Wells starts, it is nice to know that he has been this good so far. The ROY race remains a three-way race between JA Happ, Colby Rasmus, and Wells.

The offense came from Mike Fontenot tonight, his three-run homer in the second inning looked like it would be the only offense the whole night, until Derrek Lee doubled home Kosuke Fukudome to give the Cubs a 4-0 lead.

Alex Gonzalez supplied the offense for the Reds tonight hitting a homer off Wells and getting a RBI double off Marmol in the ninth. Still it wasn't enough as even the mighty Joey Votto was held hitless on the night.

Tomorrow Tom Gorzelanny makes his Cubs debut against Johnny Cueto. Honestly I don't see much chance for the Cubs to win, but you never know in baseball. Cueto has been bad lately, but has so much talent you have to figure he gets back on track at some point. 

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