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Travis Wood | Starting Pitcher

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (28) / 2/6/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 175
Bats / Throws: Right / Left
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The Cubs will continue to use Travis Wood out of the bullpen.
Wood pitched a scoreless ninth inning Saturday for his first save. He wasn't having much success as a starter (2-2, 5.59 ERA in seven starts), so the Cubs will keep him in the pen where he's expected to be a long reliever. Chicago hasn't announced who will take Wood's place in the starting rotation though all signs point to Tsuyoshi Wada. May 16 - 8:00 PM

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Travis Wood earned his first career save Saturday in the Cubs' defeat of the Pirates.

Hector Rondon had pitched three days straight, so Cubs manager Joe Maddon got a little creative on what would have been Wood's normal side throwing today. Wood retired all three batters he faced in the top of the ninth. He'll be good for his next turn in the rotation.
May 16 - 7:28 PM

Travis Wood was tagged for five runs over 4 1/3 innings Thursday in a no-decision against the Mets.

Wood was in line for the loss before the Cubs battled back to tie it and eventually take the lead. The southpaw surrendered seven hits (including three homers) and one walk while striking out five and now owns an ugly 5.59 ERA on the year. He has been knocked around in three straight starts and could be living on borrowed time in Chicago’s rotation.
May 14 - 5:18 PM

Travis Wood struggled in Saturday's loss to the Brewers, surrendering six runs (four earned) on six hits in his four innings of work.

The Brewers made their six hits against Wood count, as both Gerardo Parra and Jean Segura took Wood deep in the contest. Wood struck out three and walked one in the disappointing four-inning outing. The lackluster start pushed his ERA to 4.96, though his peripheral numbers look a little better at a 1.22 WHIP and a 34/9 K/BB ratio over 32 2/3 innings. Wood will try to keep the ball in the park when he returns home to face the Mets in his next outing.
May 9 - 10:21 PM

Travis Wood got a no-decision on Monday, allowing six runs in five innings, as the Cubs lost 10-9 to the Cardinals.

The Cubs staked Wood to a 5-0 lead in the top half of the first inning, but Wood immediately gave four back in the bottom half when he served up a grand slam to Mark Reynolds. He would settle down until the sixth inning, when he allowed three consecutive singles, leading to three runs. He left with no outs in favor of reliever Jason Motte. Overall, Wood gave up six hits, walked two, and struck out five. He'll head into a weekend road start against the Brewers with a 4.40 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and a 31/8 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings.
May 5 - 12:10 AM

Travis Wood struck out nine while holding the Pirates to two runs over seven innings in Tuesday's win.

Wood allowed five hits without walking a batter, and Starling Marte's two-run homer in the fourth accounted for all the Pirates' scoring on the night. The southpaw has now had two stellar starts and two so-so ones on the season, resulting in a 3.04 ERA, 1.06 WHIP 26/6 K/BB ratio. Wood will next do battle with the Cardinals Monday in St. Louis.
Apr 28 - 11:41 PM

Travis Wood got a no-decision on Tuesday, yielding three runs in five innings of work as the Cubs defeated the Pirates 9-8.

Wood issued two home runs, but both were of the solo variety. Josh Harrison took him deep in the first inning and Starling Marte went yard in the second. Overall, he allowed four hits, walked two, and struck out five. The Cubs would like to see Wood make it into the sixth inning, something he's done in only one of three starts thus far. He has a 3.24 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP, and a 17/6 K/BB ratio in 16 2/3 innings. He'll face the Reds in Cincinnati in his next start.
Apr 21 - 10:50 PM

Travis Wood earned his first win of the season, shutting out the Reds over seven innings as the Cubs on 5-0 on Wednesday.

Wood couldn't get through the fifth inning in his first start on Friday in Colorado, so Wednesday's effort was a nice recovery. The lefty gave up only three hits (all singles) and two walks while fanning seven batters. He'll take the mound in Pittsburgh to face the Pirates in his next start.
Apr 15 - 10:56 PM

Travis Wood struggled in Friday's loss to the Rockies, surrendering three runs on seven hits in his 4 2/3 frames.

Wood did manage to punch out five on the afternoon while walking two. Given his limited skillset and the fact that he was pitching at Coors Field, the results weren't completely terrible for his season debut. He'll look to get back on track when he does battle against the Reds at home on Wednesday.
Apr 10 - 7:53 PM

Travis Wood gave up two runs in his only inning of work in Saturday's start against the Diamondbacks.

The Diamondbacks strung together a single, a double, and another single with one out in the first inning to push across their first two runs against Wood. Wood ends spring training with a 4.87 ERA and a 14/3 K/BB ratio in 20 1/3 innings. He learned he had won the last remaining spot in the Cubs' starting rotation on Friday. He'll pitch fourth in the rotation ahead of Kyle Hendricks.
Apr 4 - 7:07 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon confirmed Friday that Travis Wood has secured the final spot in the Cubs' Opening Day rotation.

He'll actually work in the third game of the season, with Jason Hammel and Kyle Hendricks following in the first two games at Colorado. Edwin Jackson will function as the long man in the Cubs bullpen after losing out to Wood for the rotation spot.
Apr 3 - 9:22 PM

Travis Wood was superb on Sunday versus the Reds, firing five shutout innings.

Wood allowed three hits and a walk while striking out four, lowering his spring ERA to 1.80 in the effort. The lefty is battling Edwin Jackson for a spot at the back of the Cubs' starting rotation. A few more starts of his caliber should seal the deal for Wood, who will attempt to improve upon last season's ugly 5.03 ERA.
Mar 15 - 6:22 PM

Travis Wood was lit up for four runs -- two earned -- on seven hits over three innings against the Indians on Tuesday.

At least Wood struck out a pair and didn't walk any, but it was undoubtedly an ugly performance. Wood is the favorite to break camp as the Cubs' No. 5 starter, but he's going to have to sharpen things up in order to wrap up the gig.
Mar 10 - 7:50 PM

Travis Wood struck out a pair over two perfect innings in Thursday's tie against the Athletics.

It's a nice beginning to his Cactus League schedule as Wood attempts to nail down the fifth spot in the Cubs' rotation. The left-hander put up a disappointing 5.03 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 31 starts last season but is good enough to bounce back to be a solid back-end starter.
Mar 5 - 7:47 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Monday that Travis Wood, Tsuyoshi Wada, and Edwin Jackson are in a competition for the final spot in the starting rotation.

Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, Jason Hammel, and Kyle Hendricks are all locked in. The fifth spot will almost definitely go to either Wood or Wada, with Jackson heading to long relief (or, more accurately, mop-up duty). Wood has much more experience than Wada, but Wood struggled to the tune of a 5.03 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 31 starts last season while Wada produced a 3.25 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 13 outings. Maddon might not pick a winner until the final week or two of Cactus League play.
Mar 2 - 3:26 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Miguel Montero
2David Ross
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Addison Russell
2Tommy La Stella
SS1Starlin Castro
2Jonathan Herrera
3B1Kris Bryant
2Mike Olt
LF1Chris Coghlan
2Chris Denorfia
3Mike Baxter
CF1Dexter Fowler
RF1Jorge Soler
2Junior Lake
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Jake Arrieta
3Jason Hammel
4Kyle Hendricks
5Tsuyoshi Wada
6Jacob Turner
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Hector Rondon
2Neil Ramirez
3Pedro Strop
4Jason Motte
5Justin Grimm
6James Russell
7Edwin Jackson
8Zac Rosscup
9Travis Wood