Wood will present a challenge for the Phillies today.
Travis Wood is a 27-year old southpaw in his fifth Major League season who made his first NL All-Star team last season with the Cubs. He is also the Phillies opposing pitcher today. Phillies fans may remember Wood from his cameo as a reliever in the 2010 NLDS. Wood pitched 3.1 scoreless innings coming in in the second inning of Game 1. We all remember how that one turned out. The Phillies will not likely benefit from a no-hitter today.
Wood made a jump from average to above-average last year on the strength of his cutter. In his second season pitching home games in Wrigley Field, Wood used the cutter to reduce his HR/FB ratio, a must in the Windy City, and his BB%. Wood used his fastball (averaged about 89 MPH last year) and his cutter (86.5 MPH) about 80% of the time last year, with his cutter being his most valuable pitch by far.
Through his delivery, Wood keeps the ball hidden well and there is little variation in his delivery...