As the Cubs look at next year and build a rotation of ``Z's Aces,'' they'll count on right-hander Randy Wells, probably right in the middle of the rotation like they started this season.
As for Wells, he'll count on a lot more than the 8-14, 4.26 season that he finished Wednesday night with a solid seven-inning start that resulted in a 3-0 loss to the fighting-for-their-lives San Diego Padres at Petco Park.
He might have had a chance at the win - or at least avoided the loss - if not for Padres center fielder Will Venable's leaping catches in the second and third innings to rob Alfonso Soriano of a solo homer and Aramis Ramirez of a two-run shot.
``That was no fun,'' interim manager Mike Quade said. ``The first catch was good. The second catch was phenomenal.''
Phenomenal was not a word Wells used when asked to describe his up-and-down sophomore season - his first full season in the big leagues.