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37 Travis Wood RP
Height/Weight: 5-11/175 | Birthdate: 2/6/1987 | Birthplace: Little Rock, AR | Bats/Throws: R/L | Team: Chicago | College: No College | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $527,500 | Owned/Started%: 6/2 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada to start Wednesday for Travis Wood


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada will replace Travis Wood in the starting rotation on Wednesday against the Padres, manager Joe Maddon said per the Chicago Tribune.

Wood was moved to the bullpen on Saturday, earning his first career save in the game. Wada will join Chicago after his rehab stint this week.

"I have a lot of faith in this guy coming out of the pen," Maddon said of Wood. "He has had some really good games this year and really good moments in other ones. Just go out there and be aggressive, assertive and let it go for an inning or two. I think when he does that, he can be really good.

"We also talked to him about the potential of becoming a starter again at some point. But right now we are looking at it this way."

Wada posted a 4-4 record with a 3.25 ERA in 69 1/3 innings of work in 2014.


Cubs pitcher Travis Wood adjusting to new role in bullpen


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/17/2015) Cubs pitcher Travis Wood is adjusting well to his new role as a reliever, earning his first career save Saturday with a perfect ninth inning, reports ESPN.com.

But Wood, an All-Star as a starter in 2013, was demoted from the Cubs' rotation after seven starts this season, going 2-2 with a 5.59 ERA.

"On a personal level maybe a little bit [disappointed], but as long as I'm here and can help the team win," Wood said. "We're playing great baseball right now. Everything I can do, regardless of what it is, I'll do it."

Cubs LHP Travis Wood closes out Pirates for first career save


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/16/2015) Cubs left-hander Travis Wood picked up his first career save in Saturday's win over the Pirates. Wood, who started and pitched 4 1/3 innings on Thursday, pitched a perfect inning to preserve the 4-1 victory.

Hector Rondon, who is the Cubs closer, had worked each of the last three days. So with a three-run lead, manager Joe Maddon opted to rest Rondon. Wood will remain in the bullpen for the foreseeable future. The Cubs will determine on Sunday who will join the rotation, but it may be Tsuyoshi Wada, according to the Daily Herald.


Cubs' Travis Wood gives up five in no decision


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Cubs starter Travis Wood escaped with a no decision after a rough start against the Mets. 

Wood gave up five runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. He walked one, struck out five and was tagged for three home runs. Wood threw 97 pitches, 60 strikes.

"This start and the last couple, it's been the home run that's gotten me and made me throw extra pitches," Wood said, per MLB.com. "Right now, it's the balls and a couple pitches -- I know there's always more than a couple that you miss within a game -- but the ones they're making contact with are the ones leaving the park. We've got to emphasize getting back to throwing strikes and throwing quality strikes."

Wood's next start is scheduled for Wednesday, at San Diego.  


Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood roughed up again in loss on Saturday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/9/2015) Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood (2-2) was touched for four runs, three via two home runs, on six hits in four innings to take the loss against the Brewers.

Wood gave up long balls to Gerardo Parra, a two-run shot in the second inning, and a solo job from Jean Segura in the fourth.

"You just keep putting your guys out there until it happens," manager Joe Maddon said after the game. "You keep working with them showing a positive message to them. The work is good, but for some of the guys, it's just not playing all the way through yet. But it will."

It's the second consecutive outing that Wood has struggled, getting ripped for six runs in five innings for a loss in his last start.

Wood will look to turn it around in his next start scheduled for Thursday against the Mets.


Cubs pitcher Travis Wood allows six runs in no decision Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Cubs pitcher Travis Wood allowed six runs on six hits in five innings of work in Chicago's 10-9 loss to the Cardinals on Monday, finishing with a no decision.

Wood struggled early on, loading the bases in the first inning including two walks. Then, Mark Reynolds ripped a grand slam over the left center field wall, scoring Jon Jay, Matt Holliday and Jhonny Peralta. Wood settled down until the sixth inning when he allowed the first three hitters to reach safely, including a run before getting the hook.

Wood, who remains 2-1, moved his ERA to 4.40 in 28 2/3 innings of work. He will look to get back on track Saturday against the Brewers.


Cubs SP Travis Wood having success by keeping walk rate low


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood put up another strong performance Tuesday against the Pirates, striking out nine and not issuing a walk in seven innings.

Avoiding the free passes has been key to the left-hander's success in 2015, as his walk rate has dropped from a career-worst 3.9 BB/9 in 2014 to 2.3 BB/9 this season.

"It means you've been attacking the strike zone and getting some quick outs, and not letting them get deep and not giving any free passes," Wood said, per MLB.com. "Free passes bit me before in the past -- they bite every pitcher. To keep that off the board is a good thing."


Travis Wood earns second win of year for Cubs


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Cubs starter Travis Wood moved to 2-1 with a win over Pittsburgh on Tuesday. 

Wood allowed two runs in seven innings. He gave up five hits, including a home run. Wood didn't walk anyone, while striking out nine. He threw 90 pitches, including 62 strikes. 

Wood's next start is Monday, at St. Louis. 


Cubs announce rotation plans for series vs. Pirates


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel will remain the scheduled starter for Monday's series-opening game agains the Pirates, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Inclement weather caused Saturday's scheduled game to be postponed, with scheduled starter Jake Arrieta being pushed to Sunday. Travis Wood, who was initially scheduled to start Sunday, will now make his start Tuesday against the Pirates, with Kyle Hendricks following him for the series finale Wednesday.


Travis Wood gets five inning no decision for Cubs


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Cubs starter Travis Wood picked up a five-inning no-decision in Tuesday's 9-8 win over Pittsburgh.

Wood allowed three runs on four hits, striking out five and walking two. He allowed a pair of home runs and saw his ERA increase to 3.24. 

Wood had 51 strikes in 84 pitches. 

Wood's next start will be Sunday, against the Reds and Jason Marquis. 


Cubs' Wood struggled last year vs. Pirates, but good at PNC Park


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood takes the hill Tuesday to face off against NL Central foe Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, Wood did not have a lot of success against the Pirates in 2014.

The left-hander went 1-2 with a 6.63 ERA in four starts against Pittsburgh last season. He allowed at least three runs in three of his four starts.

Wood has had mixed results against Pittsburgh in his career. He went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in one start against them in 2010, but went 1-2 with a 13.50 ERA in 2011 before going 1-2 with a 2.70 ERA in 2012 and 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA in 2013.

Although, most of his success against the Pirates have come at PNC Park. He is 5-1 with a 2.31 ERA in seven outings (six starts) at Pittsburgh's home park.

The Pirates enter play Tuesday with 48 runs, which is below the league average of 53.


Cubs' Joe Maddon loves Travis Wood's 'dirtbag' approach


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood and first-year manager Joe Maddon haven't been working together for very long, but in that short period of time, the left-hander has made a favorable impression on his new manager.

"We talked about the athleticism with him," Maddon said Wednesday after Wood pitched seven-plus innings of three-hit ball under blustery conditions against the Reds, per the Chicago Tribune. "He different. As pitchers go, you could label him as a dirtbag. I kind of love that phrase when you’re talking about a good baseball player, and he is that -- no excuses, ready to go. Give me the ball, I’m fine."

Wood, who struck out seven batters in Wednesday's win, took Maddon's "dirtbag" comment as a compliment.

"Absolutely. Absolutely," Wood said.


Cubs P Travis Wood has strong performance in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Cubs pitcher Travis Wood pitched seven scoreless innings in Wednesday night's 5-0 win over the Reds. 

"Early in the game, he was throwing good quality fastballs, so I decided I'm just going to stick with it until they make adjustments," catcher Miguel Montero said after the game, per MLB.com. "Even if they do make adjustments, it was quality pitches. ... They didn't look comfortable."

Wood struck out seven batters and walked two. He only allowed three hits while throwing 99 pitches and faced 24 batters.

"From the first inning, I could tell we had pretty good command of the fastball today, and that was the approach we took," Wood said. "I was able to keep them off-balance and get some early outs and pound the zone."

Credited with the win, Wood is now 1-1 this season with an ERA of 2.31. His next start is projected for April 21 against the Pirates. 


Travis Wood gives up seven hits in Cubs' loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Travis Wood gave up seven hits in four and two thirds innings as the Cubs lost to the Rockies, 4-1. Wood allowed three runs and walked two while striking out five. He threw 90 pitches, 59 for strikes. 

"We were keeping them off-balance and getting some quick outs and cruising for awhile," Wood said, per MLB.com. "One pitch to 'Tulo' pretty much erased everything."

Troy Tulowitzki's two-run double helped lead the Rockies' rally. 

Wood's next start is Wednesday, at Wrigley against the Reds and Jason Marquis. 


Cubs push Arrieta to Wednesday following Tuesday's postponement


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta, who was scheduled to start Tuesday, got pushed back to Wednesday against St. Louis due to Tuesday's postponement. He'll face Lance Lynn, according to ESPN.

Meanwhile, Jason Hammel was pushed back from Wednesday to Saturday. Travis Wood will take the mound on Friday in Colorado, followed by Hammel and Kyle Hendricks to round off Chicago's weekend series against the Rockies.


Cubs' Travis Wood allows three runs in five innings Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Cubs pitcher Travis Wood surrendered three earned runs on five hits and two walks in five innings while striking out three in Wednesday's spring start against the Mariners.

"I was able to locate pretty decently and keep them off balance," Wood said after the outing, per MLB.com.

Wood was coming off his worst outing of the spring but did a solid job of bouncing back Wednesday, working past an early run to throw three scoreless innings before giving up two more runs in the fifth. He has posted a 4.19 ERA in 19 1/3 innings. Wood is in the mix for a rotation spot.


Travis Wood and Edwin Jackson could be co-starters for Cubs


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) LHP Travis Wood and RHP Edwin Jackson thought they were battling for the final spot in the Cubs' rotation, but that might not be the case. 

Manager Joe Maddon said the team is looking for creative ways to use both of them in some type of co-starters role. 

“There’s different ways to utilize both of them,” manager Joe Maddon said Friday, per MLB.com's Carrie Muskat. “It’s hard to say they’re both starters but we’ve talked about different ways to make it fit.”

Jackson is 1-1, with a 1.00 ERA this spring. Wood is 1-0, 1.80. 


Cubs' Travis Wood pitches five scoreless innings in win vs. Reds


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2015) Cubs pitcher Travis Wood went five innings and held Reds batters scoreless during Sunday's 2-1 victory. 

Wood gave up three hits, walked one batter and struck out four. His performance lowered his spring ERA to just 1.80. He was credited with the win. Wood has been competing for the fifth spot in the Cubs' rotation this spring. 

 


Cubs' Travis Wood looking to bounce back after down 2014


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) After earning an All-Star bid in 2013, Cubs pitcher Travis Wood struggled last season, going 8-13 with a 5.03 ERA and 146:76 K:BB ratio in 173 2/3 innings.

"You always learn more when you fail than when you succeed, and I learned a lot last year about how to go about when you fail, picking yourself back up and getting back after it," Wood said Thursday, per MLB.com. "That’s what we took into the offseason."

Wood is competing for the fifth spot in the rotation after he was not included in the quartet manager Joe Maddon initially named to the rotation.

"There is [a purpose] — the purpose is to not have a year like last year," Wood said. "I know I’m a good pitcher and just have to get back to the basics of attacking the zone and trusting your stuff."

Wood pitched two perfect innings in his spring debut Thursday, striking out two batters.


Jackson, Wood among five vying for final spot in Cubs' rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) With Cubs manager Joe Maddon indicating Monday that Kyle Hendricks has a spot in the rotation locked up behind Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta and Jason Hammel, that leaves Travis Wood, Edwin JacksonFelix Doubront, Jacob Turner and Tsuyoshi Wada vying for the final spot in the team's rotation.

“Everybody understands what’s going on here. There are no dummies," Maddon said, per MLB.com. “The line I like is that, I’m not going to lie to you. If I tell you the truth, you might be upset with me for about a week or two but then you’re going to be OK. But if I lie to you, you’re going to hate me forever.

“They’re very competitive and the fact we have a lot of folks for some really narrow choices, it’s going to be an interesting spring. I know that competition normally brings out the best in everyone.”


Cubs, SP Travis Wood reach arbitration settlement


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Cubs and starter Travis Wood agreed to a one-year, $5.685 million contract, avoiding arbitration, reports ESPN. Wood is coming off a down season in 2014 following an All-Star campaign in 2013. Wood went 8-13 with a 5.03 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 31 starts last season.

Cubs tender eight arbitration-eligible players


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Cubs tendered contracts to eight arbitration-eligible players prior to Tuesday's deadline. Those players included: Pitchers Travis Wood and Jake Arrieta, outfielder Chris Coghlan,  third baseman Luis Valbuena, reliever Pedro Strop, outfielder Justin Ruggiano, pitcher Felix Doubront and catcher Welington Castillo.

Report: Cubs to tender offers to 10 arbitration-eligible players


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2014) The Cubs are expected to tender offers to the 10 arbitration-eligible players on their roster by Tuesday's deadline, according to MLB.com. The 10 players are Travis WoodJake ArrietaJohn BakerWelington CastilloChris CoghlanFelix DoubrontJustin RuggianoPedro StropLuis Valbuena and Wesley Wright.

Report: Cubs expected to tender contract offer to Travis Wood


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2014) The Cubs are expected to tender a contract to starting pitcher Travis Wood by Tuesday's deadline, a source told ESPN. 

The 27-year-old left-hander is one of 10 players who are arbitration-eligible for the Cubs. The team must tender contracts to all of them by Tuesday night or else they become free agents.

Wood is coming off a down season in 2014 following an All-Star campaign in 2013. Wood went 8-13 with a 5.03 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 31 starts last season.


Travis Wood takes step back in final start of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Cubs starter Travis Wood took another step back in his final start of the season Monday night at home against the Cardinals, dropping to 8-13 on the year. He was charged with seven runs -- six earned -- on eight hits and two walks while striking out eight over five innings of an 8-0 defeat.

Wood ends his 2014 campaign with a 5.03 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP over 31 starts (173 2/3 innings). He struck out 146 and walked 76 over that span.