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Bullpen Implodes, Cubs Romp over Tribe

By Garrett Monaghan

Kerry Wood blew consecutive save opportunities against his former team, and the Cubs topped off a sweep of the Indians with a 6-2 victory over the Tribe on Sunday. Wood, who saw his ERA balloon from 4.63 to 5.47 in the space of two days, coughed up a game-tying solo homer to Derrek Lee on Friday, and then threw a game-ending wild pitch on Saturday. While he's not in any imminent danger of losing the closer's job, the Tribe have to be concerned that Wood has now blown four out of twelve save opportunities on the year.

The fire under Indians manager Eric Wedge appears to be heating up, with Wedge receiving the dreaded vote of confidence from GM Mark Shapiro. My guess is that Wedge is gone by the start of July unless the Indians do something spectacular in the next week or so.

The Tribe also appears ready to deal Mark DeRosa, although other teams are balking at their asking price. The Indians gave up three minor league arms to get DeRosa from the Cubs in the off-season, and it appears likely that they want a blue chip pitching prospect in return for him now. The Cardinals, Mets, and Yankees have all been rumored to be interested in DeRosa, although DeRosa's versatility could mean a lot of other teams might come calling. One team that could be an interesting fit for DeRosa would be San Francisco. The Giants are loaded with talented young arms, but their offense isn't impressive. DeRosa would give them a solid bat at any number of positions, and might help them either gain ground on the Dodgers, or continue their run at the NL Wild Card spot. Mark Shapiro is a very savvy GM, so don't look for him to just give DeRosa away cheap.