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Rodrigo Lopez to Bullpen: Just Another Reason to Fire Mike Quade

PITTSBURGH - JULY 08: Rodrigo Lopez #50 of the Chicago Cubs wipes the sweat off of his face in between pitches against  the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on July 8, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Jake KarmelCorrespondent IIJuly 21, 2011

Cubs manager Mike Quade announced today that he is going to move Rodrigo Lopez to the bullpen in order to have Randy Wells start this weekend against the Astros.

Randy Wells has been one of the worst starters for this Cubs team since coming off the disabled list on May 28.

Since coming off the DL, Wells has zero wins with three losses and an ERA well over 7.00. Hitters are averaging well over .300 against Wells in the span.

Now I understand getting Wells back on schedule and having him try to find his groove. But on multiple occasions, Mike Quade has said he wants to win and turn this debacle of a season around (at least for his and every Cubs fans pride).

Wells is not the place to start.

Rodrigo Lopez has an ERA under 2.00 in his last three outings. He's clearly in a groove. Why not keep him that way?

The correct managerial decision in this situation would be to move Wells to the bullpen. With the awfully underperforming starting rotation the Cubs have, we all know the starting pitchers sometimes can't go longer than five innings. When that happens, it's perfect opportunity to throw Wells out there in a long-relief role.

Better yet, send him down to the minor leagues. Have him get his groove there for a few games. Have him pitch against lower-quality hitters and boost his confidence. Knowing this organization, it is possible Wells didn't have a long enough rehab stint.

All of these ideas seem great, but as fans of this ballclub, we all know it will never happen. It makes sense, so why do it, right?

That seems to be the current philosophy of the Cubs.

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