Cubs 12, Astros 3: Cubs Win in a Rout, Lefty Help on the Way

Damen JacksonCorrespondent IJuly 30, 2009

CHICAGO - MAY 16: Starting pitcher Randy Wells #36 of the Chicago Cubs warms-up in the bullpen before a game 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)

Filed:July 30th, 2009

New Chicago Cub Tom Gorzelanny (Cubbie Nation/file)

It amazes me how quickly the Cubs can take me through an emotional range sometimes. First, they completely destroy Russ Ortiz and the Astros, 12-3 at Wrigley this afternoon, taking 3-of-4 in the series.

However, that happiness turned to sadness at the news that they had acquired John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny from the Pirates in exchange for Kevin Hart and Jose Ascanio.

Not that I'll miss either.

I've always felt that the league would get around to figuring Hart out, and his start this afternoon just confirmed that in my mind. Let's just politely call him hittable and move on. And as much as I like Ascanio, the Cubs can't throw a rock without hitting a right-handed reliever waiting to be called up. If there's one thing their farm system can turn out, it's righty relievers.

But these are two very hittable lefties. Grabow, 30, may revert back to 2008 form, which proved to be a stellar year for him. But with a 1.50 WHIP this season, I'm not holding my breath at the likelihood of him being more than a nice LOOGY, especially with Marshall playing an enhanced role out of the bullpen.

And Gorzelanny? Forget about it. I've seen the guy three times this year, most recently in Indy in his start against the Bulls...which was unimpressive. I can only hope that the Cubs option him immediately to Iowa and let him continue to work out his delivery. He doesn't belong on a big-league roster right now, regardless of his AAA stats. Even the Pirates knew that.

Honestly, Joe Beimel would have been the better target. He has a history of thriving in playoff chases and mostly better peripherals. Even George Sherrill would have been better, though he was traded today to the Dodgers. I know. The money. The money.

Truth is, this move leaves me lukewarm and smacks of another Cubs bout of lefty madness. Let's just grab any old bunch of lefties, and we'll get what we need somehow. It didn't work for the hitters. I have no idea why they think it will work for the pitchers.

And the game today? What can I say? It was Russ Ortiz at Wrigley Field. He got tagged, like you knew he would. It's like I said yesterday: Hampton, Moehler, and Ortiz on the same staff? Bad, bad idea.


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