Found August 16, 2013 on isportsweb.com:
PLAYERS: Travis Wood
TEAMS: Chicago Cubs
Travis Wood deserves to have his name mentioned alongside other NL Cy Young candidates. (Photo Credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Travis Wood should be a contender to win the 2013 National League Cy Young Award. Before you immediately discount that statement, I will admit that there is no way Wood deserves to win the Cy Young this year. But he deserves consideration to finish in the top 10 in voting, if not at least the top 20. The Cubs’ lone All-Star is a mere 7-9 this season, but if you look past Wood’s record, he has a 3.00 ERA (13th best in the NL) and a 1.10 WHIP (tied for 11th in the NL). Wood’s play has been one of the only bright spots for the Cubs this season, something that is overlooked because of the poor run support he receives from his teammates. The Cubs have only scored 465 runs this season, the eighth-worst in MLB. A better indicator of Wood’s performance comes from the number of quality starts he has had this year. A quality start is defined as being an outing in wh...
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