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Travis Wood Being Moved To Cubs Bullpen

On Saturday afternoon, Travis Wood earned his first career save by throwing a perfect ninth inning to close out the Chicago Cubs‘ sixth straight win. After having the bullpen taxed the previous day, it was initially thought that Wood was just being asked to save the bullpen and provide a day of relief.  On Sunday, however, there is speculation that Wood may now be in the bullpen...
Via Baseball Essential
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Hot Cubs Make a Big Rotation Change

The Chicago Cubs have won six straight games, are perfect on their current homestand, and are getting contributions from everyone on the roster. Well, besides Travis Wood… In the Cubs 4-1 win against division rival, the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday, manager Joe Maddon did something a little puzzling. He brought struggling starter Travis Wood in to close out the game. While some...
Via Sports Mockery
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Lucas Duda Proving Doubters Wrong With Success Against Lefties

In yesterday’s start against Cub’s lefty Travis Wood, Lucas Duda continued to thrive against southpaws. Duda hit a double and a single in three at-bats off of Wood, who’s held left handed batters to a .216 average during his career. Duda now has his slash line up to .410/.452/.615 with two home runs against lefties in 39-bats. However, Duda’s splits against right handed...
Via Mets Merized Online
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Pitching woes continue

Believed to be a strength heading into this season, the Chicago Cubs bullpen and backend of the starting rotation has been disappointing as of late. After Sunday’s loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, the Cubs are back at .500 for the first time since 2-2 on April 11th. The bullpen didn’t start the season poorly, but a few injuries here and there, and the regression and underperforming...
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily DraftKings Picks: Wednesday, May 5

Yesterday I recommended Travis Wood at starter plus a hodge-podge of good hitter matchups. A was noted in the comments, Wood at $7,200 was risky pitching on the road at St. Louis, and the risk didn’t pay off as he earned just 3.65 points. The blow-up occurred immediately as the first five batters to face Wood in the game resulted in a hit by pitch, pop out, double, walk, and grand...
Via Baseball Professor
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily SP Rankings: Wednesday, May 6

Wednesday brings us a full slate with 17 starters rating average or better and 13 below the 100 mark. Of the day’s games, I’m most intrigued by Gerrit Cole pitching at home against the Reds. Cole is a top 15 SP in my opinion, and Cincy has an offense that can boom. In yesterday’s Daily DraftKings Picks, I suggested starting Travis Wood at the Cardinals because St. Louis has...
Via Baseball Professor
20 days ago  |  Discuss

“Daily” Facepalm – Mocanda, Epstein, Wood Extension?

Yoan Mocanda ——-> Red Sox The Cuban defector goes to the Sox on a $30m deal. The Cubs continued to scout him despite being under the CBA signing limit penalty, hoping for the slim chance that he’d sign after July when their probation ends. The Red Sox burned their own signing bridges with the deal and are now due for the same penalty next year, as well as having to pay...
Via Obstructed View
February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Control problems cost Travis Wood

After getting off to a good start in last nights game against the New York Mets, Chicago Cubs pitcher Travis Wood failed to get a win again after the control problems that have plagued him all season long came back to bite him. Wood walked the first two batters of the fourth inning and after being able to escape the previous two innings unscathed, Eric Campbell hit a three-run...
August 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Need To Consider Trading Travis Wood

The sentiment in this is going to be wildly unpopular for two reasons: 1. Because of the trade that just happened, sending Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland; and 2. Because Travis Wood is a fan favorite…but the Cubs need to seriously consider trading Travis Wood before the deadline this year. Now that most of you are good and mad, let me explain why.  The first is that...
Via World Series Dreaming
July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Travis Wood actually good?

After a great 2013 season and two dominant starts in 2014, is it time to believe in Wood? (Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Through 32 starts last season and two starts in 2014, Travis Wood has pitched 212.1 innings of 3.09 ERA ball. Detractors, like myself, cited his 3.89 FIP and 4.50 xFIP as reasons to believe his 2013 season was a mirage and figured that when Wood was finally cut...
Via Baseball Professor
April 11, 2014  |  Discuss

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