Randy Wells is my Cubs MVP for 2009. Wells won his 4th straight start as the Cubs beat the Braves 4-2 at Wrigley Field on ESPN Monday Night Baseball. Wells needed only 87 pitches to get through 6 innings. He gave up 2 ER on 7 hits and no walks while striking out 4. In a tumultuous season in which the Cubs have had to deal with injuries to starting pitchers Carlos Zambrano and Rich Harden, Wells has stepped in to fill the void and even bumped 5th starter Sean Marshall from the rotation once Big Z and Harden were able to return full time. Wells has been nothing but brilliant with a 2.48 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. Wells should even have 3 more wins under his belt, but the Cubs bullpen blew leads in those games after Wells had left with the lead intact.
Derrek Lee also continued his hot hitting with a 2-run HR in the 1st inning that gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead. Lee went 2 for 4 on the night, while new lead-off hitter Kosuke Fukodome had another great night at the plate going 2 for 3 with 1 RBI and 1 run scored. Kosuke’s RBI double in the 2nd inning increased the Cubs lead to 3-0 and Ryan Theriot’s single right after that capped off the Cubs scoring for the evening.
Sean Marshall, Carlos Marmol and Kevin Gregg each worked scoreless innings of relief to preserve the win for the Cubs.
The Cubs recalled 3 players from rehab assignments. Aramis Ramirez started at 3rd base and batted 5th in the lineup – he went 0 for 4. Reed Johnson and Angel Guzman were also recalled but did not see game action. To make room for the 3, the Cubs sent Sam Fuld and Kevin Hart back down to Triple-A Iowa and put David Patton on the disabled list. The Cubs also traded Ryan Freel to the Kansas City Royals for a player to be named later.
The Cubs have won 6 of their last 10 games and are now 41-39 on the season. The Cubs have the same number of losses as the Cardinals and Brewers with less games played, so for as badly as things have gone in 2009, the Cubs are still right in the thick of things.