Chicago Cubs Bullpen Blows Another Lead

Joe WillettSenior Writer IJune 3, 2009

CHICAGO - MAY 16: Starting pitcher Randy Wells #36 of the Chicago Cubs delivers the ball against the Houston Astros on May 16, 2009 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Astros 5-4.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The biggest difference between last season’s Cubs, which had one of the best records in the MLB, and this season’s team, has been the continually faulty play of the bullpen.

Without Kerry Wood, the bullpen has struggled mightily as Carlos Marmol has been much worse than last season.

The Cubs failed to back up another stellar start by Randy Wells, who took a no-hitter into the seventh and a shutout into the eight inning, but was pulled in the eight after 83 pitches.

Despite the strong performance by Wells, the Cubs still lost the game 6-5 in extra innings, thanks mostly to yet another bullpen collapse.

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