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Travis Wood | Relief Pitcher | #37

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (29) / 2/6/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 175
Bats / Throws: Right / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 2 (0) / CIN
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Travis Wood will start the Cubs' Cactus League opener against the Brewers on March 3.
The veteran southpaw is expected to work out of the Cubs bullpen this coming season, but he'll be the first hurler to take the hill during the spring season. Cubs skipper Joe Maddon has still yet to announce who he'll use as his Opening Day starter, though Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester both are strong options. Feb 27 - 3:26 PM

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Cubs and LHP Travis Wood avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.17 million contract.

Wood found his niche as a member of the bullpen in 2015, putting up a 2.95 ERA with 71 strikeouts over 58 innings. He'll be used in middle relief again in 2016.
Jan 15 - 1:07 PM

Travis Wood fared well in his spot start against the Cardinals on Saturday, allowing just one run on two hits over 2 2/3 innings.

Wood walked two and struck out three on the afternoon. Cubs skipper Joe Maddon simply needed him to work a couple of innings, then trusted his bullpen to get the job done from there. It's unlikely that Wood gets another trip through the rotation, he'll presumably return to a long relief role out of the bullpen.
Sat, Sep 19, 2015 04:25:00 PM

Travis Wood will make another start for the Cubs on Saturday against the Cardinals.

Wood pitched well in a spot start against the Phillies last Saturday, throwing three shutout innings. It will afford the rest of the Cubs rotation an extra day of rest and keep everyone fresh for the final few weeks of the season.
Fri, Sep 18, 2015 07:55:00 PM

Travis Wood pitched well in a limited spot start against the Phillies on Saturday, throwing three shutout innings.

Wood was starting in place of Dan Haren, as Haren was pushed back in the rotation to account for the possibility of a Saturday rain-out. While he wasn't on the mound for long, Wood struck out five and walked none over his three innings of work. He'll return to the bullpen after this outing, accompanied by a 4.20 ERA and 1.33 WHIP over 90 innings.
Sat, Sep 12, 2015 11:25:00 PM

Travis Wood will start Saturday's game against the Phillies.

Dan Haren was scheduled for Saturday but had his start moved back to Sunday because of weather concerns. Wood hasn't started for the Cubs since May 14. If the game doesn't get rained out, Wood would only be expected to pitch about three or four innings. Obviously he's not a recommended streaming option.
Sat, Sep 12, 2015 05:24:00 PM

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.
Sat, May 16, 2015 08:00:00 PM

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.
Sat, May 16, 2015 07:28:00 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.
Thu, May 14, 2015 05:18:00 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.
Sat, May 9, 2015 10:21:00 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.
Tue, May 5, 2015 12:10:00 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.
Tue, Apr 28, 2015 11:41:00 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.
Tue, Apr 21, 2015 10:50:00 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.
Wed, Apr 15, 2015 10:56:00 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.
Fri, Apr 10, 2015 07:53:00 PM

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2Miguel Montero
3David Ross
4Tim Federowicz
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Tommy La Stella
SS1Addison Russell
2Munenori Kawasaki
3B1Kris Bryant
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3Christian Villanueva
LF1Kyle Schwarber
2Jorge Soler
3Chris Coghlan
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Matt Szczur
3Albert Almora
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jake Arrieta
2Jon Lester
3John Lackey
4Jason Hammel
5Kyle Hendricks
6Aaron Brooks
7Dallas Beeler
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Aroldis Chapman
2Hector Rondon
3Pedro Strop
4Mike Montgomery
5Joe Smith
6Trevor Cahill
7Carl Edwards Jr.
8Travis Wood
9Justin Grimm
10Zac Rosscup
11Rob Zastryzny
12Felix Pena
13Jake Buchanan
14Spencer Patton