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DFA him.. if they are gonna send down Anthony.. do something about this problem!
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Yes, please?
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I have no idea but 1.1 IP.. thats a fantastic starter for ya.. with a chance to be 2-11 with a near 7 ERA? If they dont DFA him or move him outta the rotation and bring up Anthony I dont know how bad you have to be for that to happen!
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Wells: 1.1 IP, 6 ER, 3 H, 4 BB, 1 HBP, 1 K

Wells: 2-11 (counting the loss unless we come back), 6.93 ERA, 76.2 IP, 42 BB, 57 K
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Kip Wells throws to Kansas City Royals' David DeJesus in the first inning.

KANSAS CITY — Manager Tony La Russa wasn't about to make such a significant decision immediately after the game. But it would be the upset of a very much up-and-down season if Kip Wells makes his next scheduled start Tuesday before a doubtful Busch Stadium crowd against the same Kansas City Royals who knocked him out in the second inning here Thursday night.

Actually, Wells (2-11), who has the most losses in the majors, knocked himself out. In a spate of bad outings this season, this was the worst for Wells and perhaps even for the Cardinals although both have plenty of competition.

The Cardinals and Wells were victims of a 17-8 mugging Thursday on a night Wells blew two leads, walked four, hit one batter and gave up six runs in 1 1/3 innings, and the Cardinals offered up two innings of six or more runs, including eight in the second.

Afterward, La Russa doggedly, steadfastly refused to address anything other than Thursday's game.

"(Wells) struggled. I don't think there's a real easy way to describe how he struggled, so I think you just stay with he struggled and you don't beat it into the ground. Obviously, he had a tough night, and that's how I'm going to leave it. The other guys who pitched had a tough night, as well. We had a chance to score more than we scored. We had a tough game as a team. We did a lot of bad things besides Kip."

Wells' ERA is 6.93, and operators are standing by in Memphis where Anthony Reyes has pitched well in three starts since being banished there.

Of all teams, Wells has had his most trouble against Kansas City in his career. In 25 innings, he has given up 29 earned runs and, indeed, he called Thursday's outing "unacceptable."

Given a second lead at 4-1 on Duncan's homer, Wells said, "You're still optimistic that you're going to redeem yourself. I wasn't necessarily lost at that point. It's just frustrating that the bullpen had to eat as many innings as it did and we've got three more games in three more days. That's something that you've got to stomach when you're sitting in here watching the game, knowing that you're counted on to go seven-plus innings and then to watch these guys who aren't prepared to go into the game in the second inning have to do that."

Wells said he hadn't thought about his status in the rotation. "I've got other fish to fry," he said. "I've got other things to concern myself with as far as looking in the mirror and being happy with what you're doing. We got a relatively good offensive production from the beginning of the game to get the momentum on our side, and to put us in a bind like that is unacceptable."

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<table summary="" align="center" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="500"><tbody><tr><td>The Combustible Mr. Wells
</td></tr> <tr><td>By Derrick Goold</td></tr> <tr><td>06/14/2007 9:56 pm</td></tr></tbody></table>
TOWER GROVE — The Cardinals had such high hopes. From afar they had complimented him. From afar they raved about his ability, his stuff. From afar they saw a talented pitcher yearning for direction, yearning to be outfitted with what he would come to call “a better plan”. From afar they coveted him. His closeup, however, has been an utter calamity.

The curious case of Kip Wells continued — for only four outs — on Thursday night, as the righthander who leads the league in losses was given a golden opportunity to repay the respect and restraint the Cardinals have shown all season. Given a chance to win the rubber game of a should-win series in Kansas City with the bullpen aching for another night to recover, he blew it. Given a lead to pitch with, he blew it. In so many tight situations this season when the game is at a tipping point — even leaning in his direction — Wells has shown an uncanny gift for making things worse. But this was the worst worse.

He walked the leadoff hitter in both innings he started Thursday night, even though he had a lead each time. With the bases loaded the Kansas City’s leadoff hitter David DeJesus up, he did what he’s come to almost do naturally — he hit the batter to so the batter couldn’t hit him, I guess. It’s only the fifth inning as I start to write this, but he’s in jeopardy of being 2-11 after this no-good, very-bad, terrible outing.

The Mariners found a physical ailment to buy Weaver some time on the disabled list, though he refused a minor-league assignment and said he could get his mechanics and his arm well with work in bullpen sessions.

Could Wells benefit from that? Could we hear the word … impingement?

By 3 1/3 innings this was Wells’ shortest outing of the season. In terms of the team’s need, it ranks among the biggest misses of a season with many misses. In a game brimming with debacle-like ugliness, it was those four outs, those four walks, the hit batter, that still stand out. As little as an 0-8 record tells us about one Cardinal starter, the 2-11 record says it all about another.

Paging Anthony Reyes.

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<table summary="" align="center" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="500"><tbody><tr><td>The Kipper: Do the merciful thing
</td></tr> <tr><td>By Bernie Miklasz</td></tr> <tr><td>06/15/2007 4:57 am</td></tr></tbody></table>
Anyway, every Thursday night, I drink some coffee and work on the Bernie Bits. It’s almost time to pack it in. But before I sign off, before I can sleep, I must state the obvious.

Memo to Tony La Russa and Dave Duncan: Please stop the fight. Call it a TKO. Do the merciful thing.

Wells lasted 1.1 innings in Thursday’s 17-8 pasting by the Royals, and he dropped to 2-11 on the season.

Look, I know your hearts are in the right place; you want to give Kip time to turn things around. A few weeks back, in his first start since the birth of his first child, Kip pitched well, and I wrote a hopeful column about how this could be the turning point, blah, blah, blah. It wasn’t. And I know you don’t have a list of appealing, ready-made options to plug into the rotation, so you’ve been giving Kip even more rope to … oh, never mind.

Consider:

Since the start of the 2004 season, Wells is 17-41.

That winning percentage (.293) is the second-worst during that time among all major-league starting pitchers with at least 50 starts.

And you know who’s No. 1 on that list of worst winning percentage? Uh, maybe you don’t want to know. The answer is Ryan Franklin at 12-31 (.279) in his pre-STL days. OK, so maybe it really is a good idea to keep Franklin in the bullpen, where he’s doing a solid job for the Cardinals. But I’d have to think that even Franklin would be a more effective starter than Wells at this point - which isn’t exactly going out on a limb.

It isn’t just Kip’s won/loss record. A pitcher’s W-L ledger can be misleading.
Not in this case. Or not much, anyway.

Since the start of the 2004 season, Wells has the 7th-highest ERA (5.38) among major-league pitchers with at least 50 starts. The only starters with higher ERA inflation are Casey Fossum (5.94), ol’ friend Sidney Ponson (5.75), Joel Pineiro (5.64), Ramon Ortiz (5.50), Scot Elarton (5.46), and Eric Milton (5.45).

And during the same time frame (2004 until present), only three starting pitchers have allowed more baserunners per nine innings: Russ Ortiz (15.76), Jamey Wright (15.24) and Ponson (15.13). Wells’ rate is 14.87 runners per nine innings.

I could go on with negative stats. But why look at more numbers? We don’t have to go to the judge’s scorecards to determine that this bout is over. Stop the fight.

-B

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La Russa made the change... don't know why yet...will update..

From Derrick Goold and Dan Kriegshauer:

Wells will pitch Sunday...

Wellemeyer tomorrow night...

BUT: La Russa was explaining the decision to reporters, Wells approached, and the manager cleared the media out of his office... and Wells and TLR have been talking for 10 minutes...

La Russa said Wells needed a break.... that's why he pushed him back.

Also: a source tells me there is some thought that they are holding Wells back because they are talking trade with another team that would basically be a salary dump... so they don't want to pitch Wells and risk an injury. Again, don't know. Passing along what I am hearing.

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surprised....
he was in the mindset to pitch...was ready...
then stunned when he got to the park...
thinks tony could have called him to tell him...
understands that if he was pitching better, it wouldn't have come to this...
says he'll work and be ready Sunday...
definitely cooled down after being ticked....

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