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Tsuyoshi Wada | Starting Pitcher

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (33) / 2/21/1981
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 180
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Cubs re-signed LHP Tsuyoshi Wada to a one-year, $4 million contract.
He'll have a chance to earn $2 million more in incentives. Wada impressed with the Cubs this season, putting up a 3.25 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 57/19 K/BB ratio across 69 1/3 innings. It could depend on what else the Cubs do with their rotation this offseason, but right now the lefty should have a spot among the starting five. Nov 3 - 10:33 AM

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Tsuyoshi Wada yielded two earned runs over five innings Saturday in a loss to the Brewers.

Milwaukee rattled off eight hits against Wada, including a Carlos Gomez homer. Wada finishes the 2014 season with a 4-4 record, 3.25 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 57/19 K/BB ratio in 69 1/3 innings. The 33-year-old left-hander may get a crack at a spot in the 2015 rotation, depending on how aggressive the Cubs are in free agency.
Sep 27 - 10:27 PM

Tsuyoshi Wada got a no-decision on Thursday after allowing just one run over five innings in Thursday's 8-4 loss to the Dodgers.

Wada pitched well; it was the Cubs' bullpen that couldn't get the job done. The lefty yielded just five hits and a walk while fanning five. After the game, Wada told the media he would not start again this season. Though he hasn't been much of an innings-eater, Wada has pitched well in 12 starts this season, finishing with a 3.22 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and a 53/18 K/BB ratio.
Sep 19 - 12:11 AM

Tsuyoshi Wada was chased after giving up four runs over 4 1/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Pirates.

Wada, who left his last start with left leg cramping, gave up nine hits and two walks before being pulled with out in the fifth inning. Ike Davis hit a sacrifice fly off Justin Grimm to close the book on the southpaw's night. Wada got off to strong start in the majors, but he hasn't been nearly as effective in his last three turns. It's tough to trust him in mixed leagues at this point.
Sep 13 - 12:05 AM

Tsuyoshi Wada left Friday's game due to mild left camp cramping, the Cubs revealed.

That doesn't sound very significant, but given his history of arm woes, the Cubs certainly didn't want to see him trying to adjust his delivery to compensate for it. Consider him probable to make his next start.
Sep 5 - 4:08 PM

Tsuyoshi Wada left Friday's game against the Pirates in the fourth inning with an undisclosed injury.

It didn't appear to be arm related, so that's good news, at least. Wada gave up an unearned run in the first and one earned in the fourth before leaving with a man on second.
Sep 5 - 3:47 PM

Tsuyoshi Wada allowed four runs -- three earned -- over six innings as the Cubs dropped the second half of Saturday's doubleheader against the Cardinals.

It was the first time Wada had allowed more than two runs since July 23. Even with the rough outing Saturday night in St. Louis, he boasts a 2.79 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 44/14 K/BB ratio in 51 2/3 innings this season. The left-hander will try to bounce back next week against the Pirates.
Aug 30 - 11:36 PM

Tsuyoshi Wada held the Orioles to only a solo home run over 6 1/3 innings in a win on Sunday.

Wada has been very good in eight starts since the beginning of July, but none have been better than Sunday's one-hit effort. Wada walked one while striking out eight. Through eight starts this year, the left-hander is 4-1 with a 2.56 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 41/11 K/BB ratio over 45 2/3 innings. He'll look to stay hot when the Cubs visit the Cardinals on Saturday.
Aug 24 - 5:25 PM

Tsuyoshi Wada got the win with five shutout innings as play resumed on Thursday from Tuesday's rain-shortened match-up with the Giants.

Wada did not pitch on Thursday, as play picked back up in the bottom of the fifth. The Giants scratched out six hits but could not touch the plate. Wada yielded no walks and struck out three in the effort. The left-hander is now 3-1 with a 2.75 ERA and a 36/10 K/BB ratio. He'll match up against the Orioles at home on Sunday.
Aug 21 - 8:28 PM

Tsuyoshi Wada yielded two runs in 6 2/3 innings Wednesday in defeating the Brewers.

He had a shutout going when Rickie Weeks and Martin Maldonado hit back-to-back homers in the seventh, knocking him from the game. That's still a really good feat from a left-handed pitcher, holding the Brewers all-righty lineup down for 6 2/3. Wada has gotten 30 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings despite the lack of oomph on his fastball. He will give up more homers and his ERA will rise a result, but he's looking pretty solid right now.
Aug 14 - 12:01 AM

Tsuyoshi Wada delivered another strong start in a no-decision against the Rays on Friday, allowing two runs on four hits over his six-plus frames.

The veteran southpaw racked up six strikeouts on the afternoon while walking only one. He surrendered a solo home to Desmond Jennings in the third inning, and then a leadoff triple to Sean Rodriguez in the seventh who came around to score, but that was the extent of the damage. He'll carry a 3.25 ERA and 25/9 K/BB ratio into Wednesday's matchup against the Brewers. He's worth using in most mixed leagues.
Aug 8 - 8:26 PM

Tsuyoshi Wada yielded two runs in 5 2/3 innings Saturday in a no-decision against the Dodgers.

Wada was effective in his first start against a quality lineup, albeit one missing Yasiel Puig and Adrian Gonzalez. He allowed six hits, walked two (one intentional) and struck out six. Next up for him is a start at home against the Rays. He's a fringe play in NL-only leagues in that one.
Aug 3 - 1:41 AM

Tsuyoshi Wada allowed just one run over seven innings to beat the Rockies on Monday.

Well, technically it was the Rockies, though it's little more than a skeleton crew at the moment. Wada allowed five hits, walked one and struck out six in a much better outing than the one he had last week against the Padres. He's still a weak play in NL-only leagues right now.
Jul 28 - 11:41 PM

Tsuyoshi Wada took a loss Wednesday after giving up five runs in four innings versus the Padres.

The Padres had scored six runs in six games coming into this one, making Wada's performance even more discouraging. He's certainly not going to miss enough bats to afford the four walks he issued tonight. If he's not better next time out against the Rockies, he could be looking at a quick hook from the Cubs rotation.
Jul 24 - 1:17 AM

Cubs recalled LHP Tsuyoshi Wada from Triple-A Iowa.

Wada will start on Wednesday against the Padres. The left-hander fared well in his major league debut prior to the All-Star break, holding the Reds to an unearned run over five innings. He's worth streaming Wednesday in a nice matchup and could carve out some fantasy value in deeper formats.
Jul 23 - 9:30 AM