Yankees/Cubs game postponed due to rain

Tuesday’s game between the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs has been postponed due to rain With rain in the area and a forecast that does not bode well the game has been pushed back until Wednesday at which time the two teams will play a day-night doubleheader. The first of the two games will start at 1:05 pm ET. Jason Hammel and Masahiro Tanaka were scheduled to pitch on Tuesday...
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On to the Next One: Previewing the Chicago Cubs

As great as the series was against the Red Sox, there’s no time to dwell on it. In the wise words of New York’s own Jay-Z, it’s on to the next one. Let’s get ready for (knock on wood), another great series of Yankees baseball, and the first interleague series of the season for the Bronx Bombers! The teams: Chicago Cubs (4-8, T-4th in NL Central) @ New York Yankees...
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Is Travis Wood the real deal?

The Windy City starter is quietly becoming one of baseball's better arms. 
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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...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs 4, Pirates 5 (4/11/14)

Did the Cubs Win? OSS: James Russell marches onwards towards his ignominious release. Three Up 1. Starlin Castro continues his hot start to the season with a 3 single day. He scored a run and hand an RBI. 2. Travis Wood deserved the win here, but we’ll get to that later. He allowed 1 run (that Schlitter inherited), walked 3, allowed 4 hits, and fanned 9. At one point, I think...
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Series Preview: Pirates at Cubs

Tuesday, 8:05 (ROOT): Charlie Morton vs. Edwin Jackson Wednesday, 8:05 (ROOT, WGN): Wandy Rodriguez vs. Jason Hammel Thursday, 2:20 (ROOT, MLBN, WGN): Gerrit Cole vs. Travis Wood The Pirates play every NL Central opponent once at home and once on the road before playing anybody else this year, and they are getting the Cubs out of the way early. This will be the first road series...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Second Tier National League Starting Pitchers

source: Yesterday, we began taking a look at National League only starting pitching prospects. The general idea was to split the starters into three tiers based on their Fair Run Averages (FRA) from the previous season. Pitchers with FRAs under 4.00 were in the first tier. Today, we will look at pitchers with FRAs between 4.00 and 4.50. The general idea is that pitchers...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Scouting the Opposing Pitcher: Travis Wood

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...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Gameday 4: Phillies vs. Cubs

Philadelphia Phillies (1-2) at Chicago Cubs (1-2) Starting Pitchers: PHI: RHP Roberto Hernandez vs. TEX: LHP Travis Wood Time: 2:20, Wrigley Field TV: Comcast Sportsnet Weather: Cloudy/windy, 43 Media: Twitter and Facebook A Note for Tonight: Jimmy Rollins is still out of the lineup, although he was in the original order for today’s game. Ryne Sandberg said there was a misunderstanding...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Pitching Coach Chris Bosio Could Make Difference In Third Season

With the Chicago Cubs player development and expectations in a transitional period, so too is the coaching staff. While Dale Sveum’s tenure didn’t last, his former teammate, Chicago Cubs Pitching Coach Chris Bosio is still around, and could make a huge difference entering his third season with the club. Bosio’s Career Thus Far It had been a rocky ride for Bosio a decade ago...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

The Chicago Cubs Pitching Rotation: In Desperate Need of Pitching on All Levels

Chicago Cubs News — If the Chicago Cubs don’t make any moves to improve their pitching staff this season the future doesn’t look very bright. A recent article by Baseball Prospectus ranked every organization’s prospects under the age of 25 and the Cubs who come in at 10th are heavy on hitters but light on pitching. If you add the lack of pitching prospects with a lack of...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Road to Opening Day: #24

The Cubs put a ton of guys on and still couldn’t score even one run today.  Bad luck, bad execution, but again…just spring training.  At least Travis Wood pitched well:   Final from Goodyear: #Indians 1, #Cubs 0. Rizzo had 2 H. Travis Wood 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 Ks — Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) March 6, 2014   The Cubs kick off the weekend with split squad action, with one...
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March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

A Perspective on Pitcher Analysis

To fully evaluate a pitcher is no simple task. One must look at what the pitcher has accomplished, how he accomplished it, and what he could potentially accomplish in the future. Deciphering the first category “what a pitcher has accomplished” is the most clear-cut of the sectors.  Evaluative statistics, the term I’ll use for statistics that measure a player’s success in...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs want another All-Star season from Wood

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By Associated Press The question of what went wrong was a familiar one for the Chicago Cubs last season. With Travis Wood, the question to ask is: ''What went right?'' Wood was the team's best starting pitcher, going 9-12 on a 66-win team with an ERA of 3.11 in 200 innings pitched. It added up to an All-Star Game appearance. The Cubs...
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February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Cubs: PECOTA Pitchers

Baseball Prospectus has come out with their annual PECOTA projections and today we'll take a look at the Cubs pitchers. For what it's worth, the depth chart over there has them projected for 5th in the NL Central with 71 wins. Only one team is projected to be worse in the National League (69 wins): the Miami Marlins. I'm fairly sure that 71 wins is pretty close to any...
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February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs sign pitcher James McDonald to minor league deal

The Chicago Cubs struggled last season with only 66 wins, mostly attributed to a lack of offense. The pitching staff compiled a respectable 4.00 ERA, but had only two pitcher,  Jeff Samardzija and Travis Wood, make more than 30 starts.  Samardzija, Wood and Edwin Jackson were the only pitchers with more than 175 innings pitched.  In attempts to bolster their pitching depth, the...
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February 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Jan. 30 Cubs Recap—Hot Stove smoldering

The Cubs have agreed to terms with OF Justin Ruggiano and LHP Travis Wood, avoiding arbitration. They have also announced their non-roster spring training invitees and added a free agent first baseman.
January 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Sign Travis Wood, Avoiding Arbitration

The Chicago Cubs sign Travis Wood to a one-year deal Friday, avoiding arbitration. Wood, who had the best season in the Cubs rotation in 2013, received a one-year contract reported at $3.9 million. Despite Samardzija being the face of the rotation, Wood had a much better year. Wood ate up 200 innings, going 9-12 with a 3.11 ERA. He threw 144 strikeouts to 66 walks, while posting...
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January 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs, Wood avoid arbitration

The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a one-year contract with All-Star pitcher Travis Wood, avoiding arbitration. A person familiar with the situation said Friday that the deal is for $3.9 million. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the terms were not announced by the team. Wood was the Cubs' most consistent starter last year and made the All-Star team, going...
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January 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs avoid arbitration with Travis Wood

The Chicago Cubs and pitcher Travis Wood have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal. Wood, 26, will earn $3.9 million during the 2014 season. The left-handed Wood was eligible for arbitration for the first time this year after compiling a 3.11 ERA across 32 starts last season.
January 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Jeff Samardzija wants Cubs to sign Masahiro Tanaka

According to Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago, current Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija has made it clear to the front office that he wants them to sign Masahiro Tanaka and is tired of rebuilding. Tanaka has been one of the hottest names in baseball this offseason, and is getting closer to signing with an MLB team. Samardzija is sick of not competing, and just the signing of Tanaka...
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January 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Non-tender deadline is today

The Cubs have 11 arbitration eligible players and today they have to decide which ones to tender a contract to. Those 11, and their projected salaries (Matt Swartz) are below. The service time for each player is in parentheses. Jeff Samardzija (4.028): $4.9MM Nate Schierholtz (5.078): $3.8MM Travis Wood (3.004): $3.6MM Darwin Barney (3.053): $2.1MM Daniel Bard (3.079): $1.8625MM...
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December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Top 5 free agents Cubs could use

Although the Chicago Cubs are looking for more talent from their farm system, there are still good names available in the free agent market that could be useful for the Cubs to put together a winning team next season. with a couple of signatures from these players, the cubs could improve the depth to their team and make a good shot to become real competitors in the MLB. Here is my...
November 25, 2013  |  Discuss

The Great End-of-Season Cubs Troll-Off

Hey all!  Check out the current wild card standings… As luck would have it, after getting slapped around by the Pirates on their final homestand, the Cubs find themselves in St. Louis to see if they can play spoiler against the NL Central leading Cardinals.  Here’s how I THINK it plays out with my fuzzy math (I’m sure you can find this on the Googlez somewhere, but anyway...
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September 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Preview: Cardinals look to wrap up first NL Central title in four years

The St. Louis Cardinals are hoping to become the third playoff-bound club to celebrate against the Chicago Cubs in less than a week. Having already secured a third consecutive trip to the postseason, the Cardinals look to wrap up their first NL Central title in four years Friday night when they host their division rivals. St. Louis (94-65) was off Thursday, a day after locking...
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September 27, 2013  |  Discuss

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