GameCast: September 22nd at Milwaukee
After delivering an unholy ass-whupping on the Brewers last night, faded Rookie of the Year candidate Randy Wells will vie for his 11th win of the season against Brewers punching bag Dave Bush.
Wells has been pretty erratic the last few starts, although I'm impressed to note that he's actually having a better month ERA-wise than he did in August (3.10 to last month's 3.70).
I'm still trying to figure out if Wells is the real deal. He turned 27 a few weeks ago, which makes him a late bloomer, and his strikeout totals are a very unCub-like 5.39 per 9 innings. Still, he's strung together a very effective season and has obviously earned a justified chance to start in the rotation next season as well. Which isn't to say he won't get lit up tonight worse than a bum with a fresh bottle of anti-freeze at hand.
So far in 2009, Randy's record against Milwaukee is 0-1 in 2 starts with a 5.00 ERA in 9.0 innings of work. But even if the Brewers tee off on him like it's batting practice, the Cubs will have no excuse not to respond in kind -- Dave Bush isn't exactly the poster child for Cy Young candidates.
Anyway, since we can no longer have the expectation of a Cubs playoff appearance, we will now focus on how they are 5 wins away from their third straight winning season. In fact, they can go 5-8 the rest of the way and still finish with 82 wins ... for whatever that's worth, which isn't much.