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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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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

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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

The Cubs may trade Travis Wood before spring training opens in a few weeks, according to David Kaplan of CSN Chicago.

Kaplan is of the belief that the Cubs are making a run at free agent James Shields, a move that would likely push Wood out of the starting rotation. It's unclear what they might get for the soon-to-be 28-year-old after he posted a 5.03 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 31 starts last year. He was an All-Star in 2013, though, so a club might be willing to take a chance on a comeback.
Feb 4 - 11:25 PM

Cubs and LHP Travis Wood avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.685 million contract.

It's a substantial raise for Wood even though he's coming off a disappointing season. The left-hander is a good bet to bounce back, however, following last year's 5.03 ERA.
Jan 16 - 2:39 PM

Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Phillies are "one of several teams" that have asked the Cubs about Travis Wood.

It's not clear whether the talks got anywhere, though Wittenmyer notes that the Cubs "like" Ben Revere so it's possible he could be part of a deal involving Wood. The left-hander is coming off a down season and is due another raise in arbitration, but the Phillies need rotation help and Wood is a solid innings-eater.
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 09:46:00 AM

Travis Wood was tagged for seven runs -- six earned -- in five innings Monday in a loss to the Cardinals.

Wood isn't expected to start again this season, so unless he gets into a game in relief, he'll finish up with a 5.03 ERA. It's a far cry from last year's 3.11 mark, and the Cubs have to already be debating whether it's going to be worth keeping him around as they seek to upgrade their rotation this winter. Unfortunately, he's not going to have much trade value at all.
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 11:14:00 PM

Travis Wood will make his final start of the 2014 season on Monday when the Cubs host the Cardinals.

Fantasy owners who are looking to stream pitchers over the final week of the season should note that Wood is no longer scheduled for two starts. Kyle Hendricks, who starts on Tuesday, will start the season finale against the Brewers in Milwaukee on Sunday.
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 11:37:00 AM

Travis Wood tossed six scoreless innings, allowing three hits, against the Reds on Monday.

Wood's two best starts since the All-Star break have both come against that motley crew the Reds are currently calling their lineup. He lowered his ERA from 5.03 to 4.86 tonight. Next up is a start against the Dodgers, which probably won't be so easy.
Mon, Sep 15, 2014 11:27:00 PM

Travis Wood lasted just 1 2/3 innings Sunday, allowing seven runs on nine hits in a loss to the Pirates.

Wood had trouble keeping the ball in the yard, as three of the nine hits against him went for homers. The loss continued a bad trend for the southpaw, as he's earned just one win since the middle of June. Wood is now 8-12 with a 5.15 ERA. He'll get a shot at redemption when the Cubs take on the Pirates next weekend.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 06:49:00 PM

Travis Wood exited after 4 2/3 innings Sunday, allowing four runs in a no-decision against the Cardinals.

Wood was staked to a five-run lead early, but the Cardinals worked him for four runs in his final two innings, including three in the fifth inning. Matt Holliday's RBI double eventually chased Wood before he could qualify for the win, and the Cardinals came back to win the game late. Wood remains 8-11 with a 4.81 ERA. He'll take on the Pirates on Saturday.
Sun, Aug 31, 2014 06:48:00 PM

Travis Wood fired six shutout innings against the Reds on Tuesday, resulting in his eighth win of the season.

Tuesday's performance was the best Wood has pitched in over two months. It was a welcome sight, as the lefty limited the Reds to two hits and a walk while striking out five on a rainy evening. Wood has a 4.72 ERA, a 1.48 WHIP, and a 131/67 K/BB ratio, which he'll bring into Sunday's road start against the Cardinals.
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 10:55:00 PM

Travis Wood was saddled with his 11th loss of the season after allowing four runs in six innings as the Cubs were defeated by the Giants on Thursday.

Wood suffered a death by a thousand paper cuts, as the Giants scored exactly one run in four of his six innings. Overall, the lefty yielded eight hits -- including a two-run home run to Buster Posey -- while walking one and striking out six. Wood will take a 4.91 ERA and a 126/66 K/BB ratio into Wednesday's road start against the Reds.
Fri, Aug 22, 2014 12:33:00 AM

Travis Wood allowed three runs over 5 1/3 innings in Friday's loss to the Mets.

Wood only made one mistake, but it was a big one, as he gave up a three-run homer to Eric Campbell in the fourth to put himself in line for the loss. The southpaw struck out five and walked four and now sits at 7-10 with a 4.86 ERA on the year. He'll face the Giants next week at home.
Fri, Aug 15, 2014 11:06:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Miguel Montero
2David Ross
3Welington Castillo
4Taylor Teagarden
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Javier Baez
2Tommy La Stella
3Chris Valaika
SS1Starlin Castro
2Jonathan Herrera
3B1Arismendy Alcantara
2Mike Olt
LF1Chris Coghlan
2Chris Denorfia
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Ryan Sweeney
3Matt Szczur
RF1Jorge Soler
2Junior Lake
3Mike Baxter
Starting Pitcher
S1Jon Lester
2Jake Arrieta
3Jason Hammel
4Kyle Hendricks
5Travis Wood
6Tsuyoshi Wada
7Jacob Turner
8Felix Doubront
9C.J. Edwards
Relief Pitcher
R1Hector Rondon
2Neil Ramirez
3Pedro Strop
4Jason Motte
5Justin Grimm
6Brian Schlitter
7Phil Coke
8Edwin Jackson
9Zach Rosscup
10Blake Parker
11Drake Britton
12Anthony Carter
13Jorge De Leon
14Daniel Bard