Randy Wells Finally Gets First MLB Win, Cubs Sweep Indians

After the drama of Friday and Saturday, having today's game only go 9 innings, stay under 3 hours, and not have to worry about making a comeback was a bit of relief.

Congratulations to Randy Wells for finally earning his first major league win. After a handful of great outings from the rookie, the offense and bullpen gave him some support today en route to a 6-2 win over the Indians.

Mark DeRosa for the series, 1-7 with 5 strikeouts, and one run in with a phone. Look the ovation was nice and all, but can we please move on now? Mark is gone, trading for him to return would be asinine, and bitching about his absence when the Cubs are faltering is beyond stupid*.

How about Derrek Lee? 18 game hitting streak now which has bumped his batting average from .246 to .288. Seeing any Cubs hitter with an average over .250 is a welcome sight.

Meanwhile, Milton Bradley has a 10 game hitting streak going. Put Aramis back in the equation in a few weeks and the Cubs may finally have a potent 3-4-5 in the lineup once more.

After getting to see him for a couple games I've warmed up to Andres Blanco a bit. Clearly he's not going to be an offensive stud, but his play at 2B was certainly above average compared to the rest of the hobbits they've previously used this season.

Four straight wins for the Cubs bringing them to 34-31 on the season, one game behind the second place Brewers and 2.5 games behind the Cardinals for first. There have been some pretty miserable moments this season, but it's far from over and dammit I'm all for some overt optimism at this point. Keep in mind at this same date in the 2007 season the Cubs were 32-39.

Now it's off to Atlanta for one game, Detroit for three, the Southside for three and Pittsburgh for three. Hopefully the Cubs can keep this newfound offensive momentum heading in to this 10 game road trip.

*but not nearly as stupid as say, ripping Carlos Zambrano then implying that Jason Marquis would be the better option to have in the rotation. But I don't know anyone that has done that.

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