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Following his second straight outing with four walks in less than four innings, Randy Wells was designated for assignment by the Cubs today (first reported by Bruce Miles on Twitter, as best as I can tell).
It's been a rough season and a half for Wells. After a solid, 3 fWAR rookie campaign he posted a mixed bag of a sophomore campaign. His ERA was riding high for most of the season before dipping down to a good but not great 4.26 ERA on the strength of a few forgettable September starts, and he was dogged by rumors of spending far too much time in various Chicago bars. On the other hand, Wells's FIP and GB% were almost exactly right in line with his 2009 numbers so it didn't look like there was much to worry about.
Wells started 2011 with a solid six strikeout, six inning outing against the DBacks but hit the DL the next day with a forearm strain. Cubs fans were already braced for bad news since Cashner was pulled from his starting rotation debut the same day, and the double dose of bad news killed whatever slim hope the team had for a playoff spot that year. In the interim, Casey Coleman, Ramon Ortiz, Doug Davis, Rodrigo Lopez, and James Russell combined for a truly epic amount of ****** pitching, which understandably led the Cubs to bring back the previously reliable Wells as soon as possible. Wells was clearly not ready, having lost several mph off his fastball and was hit hard by opposing hitters. He seemed to right the ship late in the year, but given the results this spring and in AAA/MLB this year, it looks like he just isn't the same pitcher.
Wells still has two solid seasons under his belt so he'll probably catch on with some other team, but this is still a bummer to see. He spent a long time getting to the majors after converting from catcher, and it's discouraging to lose the handle as soon as it seems you're making the leap. He can be added to the long list of players (e.g. Rich Hill) that are poster children for how ephemeral success can be as a starting pitcher in professional baseball.
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In case you hadn't heard, Anthony Rizzo is making his debut with the Cubs today. Since this is probably the lone highlight of the season, let's do a live chat!
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In just his second AB in his first professional game, 19-year old SS David Bote (Cubs 2012 18th round draft pick out of Neosho CC) blasted a three-run home run off the LF scoreboard, carrying the AZL Cubs to a 5-4 victory over the AZL Angels in Arizona League action this evening at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, AZ.
Bote also walked and stole a base, and he made a nice defensive stop...
Cubs fans have not had much to cheer about when it comes to the 2012 team. With an abysmal record, a fire sale on the horizon and guys like Jeff Baker and Luis Valbuena seeing significant playing time, fans have been just looking for something to cling to as a reason to get excited.
Well, that item has arrived, as the Cubs’ top prospect, Anthony Rizzo, made his debut last night...
Last season, Anthony Rizzo, then in the Padres organization, absolutely bombarded Pacific Coast League pitching to the tune of .331/.404/.632 with 26 long balls in 413 plate appearances. However, once he reached the big leagues, the mammoth production halted. In 153 plate appearances for the Friars, Rizzo hit .141/.281/.242 with only one home run and a 30-percent strikeout rate....
List of SS with 400+ hits and .300+ average at age of 22: bbref.com/pi/shareit/z6p… Maybe people should stop complaining about Starlin Castro.
— Matt Meyers (@mtmeyers) June 27, 2012
That list, if you can't or don't want to click through, has four players besides Castro on it: Alex Rodriguez, Arky Vaughan, Rogers Hornsby and a guy named...
Chicago Cubs' pitchers Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza are just a couple of big names potentially on the market heading into the trade deadline. Thanks to a listener topic, the crew discusses which teams will be buyers and sellers, and who we would personally Buy or Sell. This segment was recorded before the Boston Red Sox traded Kevin Youkilis to the Chicago White Sox.
The Chicago Cubs will probably lose 105+ games this season (the club record is 103), so in this most dreadful of seasons tonight was pretty much their Super Bowl. It’s the first “green shoot” of the Theo Epstein- Jed Hoyer regime, a huge night for Cubs fans and the long term view. And a reason for extra media to show up.
With over a century on ineptitude, Cub fans are always...
Anthony Rizzo had two hits and drove in the go-ahead run in his first game with the Chicago Cubs, who rallied for a 5-3 victory over the sliding New York Mets on Tuesday night.
Rizzo's two-out double drove in Steve Clevenger in the fourth, making it 4-3 and sending the Mets to their fourth straight loss - matching a season high. Rizzo was called up earlier in the day for his...
First off, my apologies for the lack of a DD over the last two days. I had some very interesting computer problems. Technology just hates me this month. Anyway, last night in the Cubs-Mets game, highly touted Cubs first base prospect Anthony Rizzo made his Chicago debut. Hitting in the three hole in the Cubs lineup, Rizzo lived up to the lofty expectations (at least for one...