Chicago Cubs trounce Houston Astros 12-0

Chicago Cubs trounce Houston Astros 12-0

There are 79 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jul 29, 2009, titled Chicago Cubs trounce Houston Astros 12-0. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Could Randy Wells be the Cubs second straight Rookie of the Year? Wells put himself into contention Wednesday with eight shutout innings in a 12-0 romp over Houston.

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Boston CubsFan

Boston, MA

#1 Jul 29, 2009
Sometimes criticism of Lou is unwarranted as I do think he is making the best of what he has, but sometimes you gotta wonder. From ESPN:
The Cubs sent 10 batters to the plate in the first, with Soriano's homer breaking open the game. The former leadoff man with the $136 million contract has settled in nicely as Chicago's No. 6 hitter. Batting sixth exclusively the last 12 games, he has a .383 average with five homers and 15 RBIs, including Monday's 13th-inning grand slam.

Wow, Lou insisted for two and half painful years that Soriano couldn't bat anything but lead-off, and now that he finally gives in Soriano is doing pretty well.

Then there's last night where Lou basically hands Houston the game by putting Heilman in with a 1-run lead and then Smardizia. Lou needs to use these two guys ONLY when he either has to, or when there's a rout afoot. Not in close games. Save Marmol, Gregg, Guzman, Stevens, and now let's see what Atkins can do. Oh, and Marshal.
john q public

Des Plaines, IL

#2 Jul 29, 2009
The cubs are finally hitting on all cylinders.
South Southside Cubs Fan

Germantown, TN

#3 Jul 29, 2009
Wells looking real good .... thx for he win Randy.

Nice to see everyone hitting.

Sori and ARam look ready to carry the team.
Boston CubsFan

Boston, MA

#4 Jul 29, 2009
One other thing though, Wells seems to be the real deal AND he is now getting run support.

It's so sad to see Dempster pitch horribly lately while getting lots of runs when guys like Wells, Z, Harden and Lilly all had to take loses when going out and only giving up 1-2 runs a game during that brutal stretch in May/June.

Since: Apr 09

Northbrook

#6 Jul 29, 2009
Great bounce back win after bad pitching yesterday.
Gotta love having a healthy Ramirez.
We hit when he's in the lineup.

Heilmann & Dumpster scare me. Game 1 playoff starter last year my butt. It's been downhill ever since for Dumpster.
Doug

Chicago, IL

#7 Jul 29, 2009
Boston CubsFan wrote:
One other thing though, Wells seems to be the real deal AND he is now getting run support.
It's so sad to see Dempster pitch horribly lately while getting lots of runs when guys like Wells, Z, Harden and Lilly all had to take loses when going out and only giving up 1-2 runs a game during that brutal stretch in May/June.
Anything else you'd like to cry about?
Chuck D of Valpo

Valparaiso, IN

#8 Jul 29, 2009
Summer is heating up and so is baseball in the great city of Chicago. Hope springs eternal and life is good.
South Southside Cubs Fan

Germantown, TN

#9 Jul 29, 2009
Let's hope that the Dodgers show up tonight.
raj

Chicago, IL

#10 Jul 29, 2009
why would anyone listen to what ESPN has to say - if it's not Boston, Yankees or St Louis - the "experts" on ESPN basically just rip and burn on everyone else in both the National and American leagues - guess the love fest of the three aforementioned teams pays ($$$$$$$) to help increase the market share of ESPN - baseball is and always be a game and a great distraction away from the everyday grind at work......win or lose - baseball is fun ---- more fun if you team beats the crak out of someone in their own division....
Go HUSKIES

Okemos, MI

#11 Jul 29, 2009
Lets Go Dodgers!
I hate to say it, but Im pulling for them tonight!

Go Twinns too!
Jerry Reed

Jacksonville, FL

#12 Jul 29, 2009
Well, it looks like 90 and 72...that should be enough to get the division but we're gonna have to figure out those Dodgers while we watch St Lou take on the Phillies.

Could ya just imagine St Lou against the Cubbies for the pennant???? whewww baby!!!

“Go Cubs Go!”

Since: Sep 07

Homewood

#13 Jul 29, 2009
Jerry Reed wrote:
Well, it looks like 90 and 72...that should be enough to get the division but we're gonna have to figure out those Dodgers while we watch St Lou take on the Phillies.
Could ya just imagine St Lou against the Cubbies for the pennant???? whewww baby!!!
If we face the Dodgers again Marshall will be in the starting rotation. The Dodgers hit right handed pitching incredibly well.

It would be a hell of a series against the Cardinals that's for sure. Not sure my heart (or TV) could take it.
Seattle Mike

United States

#14 Jul 29, 2009
Wells is starting to remind me of Greg Mattix. Not overpowering stuff, good control and opponents seem to have trouble making solid contact. Still two months in the regular season to grind out. No reason to think he won't make Rookie of the Year- if the Cubs make the playoffs.
Boston CubsFan

Boston, MA

#15 Jul 29, 2009
Quite often there are people posting on these blogs that the Cubs don't have a good farm system, but it seems they keep brining guys up who do well.
Wells, Stevens, Hart, Fox, Fuld, Hoffpower.
Josh

United States

#16 Jul 29, 2009
Seattle Mike wrote:
Wells is starting to remind me of Greg Mattix. Not overpowering stuff, good control and opponents seem to have trouble making solid contact. Still two months in the regular season to grind out. No reason to think he won't make Rookie of the Year- if the Cubs make the playoffs.
Wells has a polished look about. Does not seem like your typical rookie.

Speaking of ROY, sure hope last year's Soto gets back real soon. Cubs could use his bat. St. Louis might be getting over whatever was bothering them lately. And now the Phillies pick up Cliff Lee without losing a starter.

The Cubs of late are a lot of fun. But there are some real challenges.
Thomas Arnold

Santa Barbara, CA

#17 Jul 29, 2009
Boston CubsFan wrote:
Quite often there are people posting on these blogs that the Cubs don't have a good farm system, but it seems they keep brining guys up who do well.
Wells, Stevens, Hart, Fox, Fuld, Hoffpower.
I totally agree. The Cubs having a poor farm system is one of the most overrated concepts of Cub baseball.

Not only have the players that we brought up performed well, but we have used a lot of marginal talent to trade for players like Aramis Ramirez, Rich Harden and Derrek Lee.

Not to mention that their is still some MLB-level talent that is still on its way.
Mike

Aurora, IL

#18 Jul 29, 2009
Josh wrote:
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Wells has a polished look about.
He definitely does. But he is almost 27 and pitched in 180+ minor league games (82 starts). You can tell he paid attention and learned from that experience.
jimhickman

Gilberts, IL

#19 Jul 29, 2009
Honestly, what NL team is any better? We're finally firing on all cylinders, like last year. I knew it was coming and have been telling you guys to relax. Hendry should stand pat because we have the best team already. Don't worry about Cliff Lee - one year wonder.

“Go Cubs Go!”

Since: Sep 07

Homewood

#20 Jul 29, 2009
Some numbers on Wells and Happ

Randy Wells has started 15 games and has thrown 95 innings.

In his 15 starts Wells has received 61 runs in support.

He has given up 30 earned runs for an ERA of 2.84 and currently has a record of (7-4)

James Happ has 12 starts in which he has thrown 78 innings, he also has 22 innings in relief pitched

In his 12 starts Happ has received 61 runs of support.

Happ has given up 27 earned runs for a 3.11 ERA in those 12 starts. Overall he has a 2.97 ERA for the entire season. His record when starting is (5-1) and his record for the entire season is (7-1).

I'd have to say looking at both sets of numbers that Randy Wells looks like the ROY winner if the season ended today.

Happ has gotten better run support from his team in the games he's started; furthermore two of his victories came in relief. Wells has the better overall ERA whether taking into account Happ’s innings when he started or the total innings when starting and relieving combined.
Oak Park Lefty

Tahlequah, OK

#21 Jul 29, 2009
Randy Wells looks pretty unflappable on the mound. Sort of the alter ego of Zambrano. How did the Cubs keep from trading him away as a "player to be named later?"

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