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37 Travis Wood SP
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%: 28/22 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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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.


Travis Wood bounces back despite no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Cubs starter Travis Wood bounced back with a dominant outing but was unable to factor into the decision Monday night at home against Cincinnati. He allowed three hits and three walks while striking out four over six scoreless innings of a 1-0 victory.

Wood owns a 4.86 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP over 30 starts (168 2/3 innings). He will make his next start Sunday at home against the Dodgers.

Travis Wood serves up three homers


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(9/7/2014) Cubs starter Travis Wood was shellacked by the Pirates on Sunday. He gave up three homers and seven runs on nine hits in 1 2/3 innings as his ERA shot up to 5.15.

Wood (8-12) served up homers to Neil Walker, Jordy Mercer and Andrew McCutchen before getting pulled. It's unclear when he'll make his next start.


Travis Wood shows some struggles in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) Cubs pitcher Travis Wood struggled a bit and was unable to factor into the decision Sunday against the Cardinals in St. Louis. He allowed four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out two over 4 2/3 innings of work.

Wood has allowed four earned runs in two of his last three starts. He owns a 4.81 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP over 28 starts (161 innings). His next start will come Saturday at home against Pittsburgh.

Travis Wood turns in a strong start against Reds


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Cubs pitcher Travis Wood turned in a strong start Tuesday against the Reds. 

Wood allowed two hits over six scoreless innings. He struck out five and walked one during the outing. Wood was never really threatened during the start, as none of his base-runners wound up advancing past first. Wood gave up a single in the first inning, but then set the next 10 Reds hitters down. A walk broke up that streak, but didn’t throw Wood off his game. He gave up another single in the fifth inning, but struck out Johnny Cueto to end any possible threat. Wood threw 96 pitches during the start. 

With the win, Wood improved to 8-11. He’ll take on the Cardinals in his next start.


Travis Wood suffers 11th loss of the season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Cubs pitcher Travis Wood took the loss Thursday night at home against the Giants, dropping to 7-11 on the season. The left-hander permitted four runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out six over six innings of a 5-3 defeat.

Over his last two starts covering 11 1/3 innings, Wood has allowed seven earned runs. He owns a 4.91 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP over 26 starts (150 1/3 innings). He will look to bounce back Wednesday in Cincinnati.

Travis Wood struggles with control issues Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Cubs pitcher Travis Wood struggled with his control Friday against the Mets. 

Wood allowed three runs on four hits over 5 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked four during the outing. Wood performed well early, posting three scoreless innings to open the game. He ran into trouble in the fourth. After putting two players on via the walk, Wood allowed a three-run homer to Eric Campbell. 

With the loss, Wood dropped to 7-10. His next start will come against the Giants.


Travis Wood winless in his last 10 starts


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood had one of his best starts of the season Sunday against the Rays. However, he walked away with a no-decision, as Chicago wouldn't win Sunday's game until the 12th inning.

Wood only allowed an unearned run in the fifth inning, as Curt Casali scored on a fielding error with one out. Wood allowed four hits and three walks, while striking out five in six innings. Opposing pitcher Alex Cobb was equally as impressive Sunday, allowing one run in six innings.

Despite the strong performance, Wood hasn't won in his last 10 starts. He is 0-4 in that span. He will be back on the hill Friday at N.Y. Mets. 


Travis Wood tosses quality start in no-decision Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Cubs pitcher Travis Wood wasn't a factor in Tuesday's decision, giving up three earned runs on seven hits and three walks in six innings and striking out two in his team's 6-5, 12-inning win over the Rockies.

Wood gave up two runs in the second inning and then another in the fifth to put himself in a 3-0 hole, but his offense was able to score four runs in the sixth and seven innings to prevent him from taking a loss. He owns a 5.08 ERA and 110:58 K:BB ratio in 133 innings. Wood is scheduled to face the Rays Sunday.


Travis Wood strikes out career-high 11 batters Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Cubs pitcher Travis Wood wasn't a factor in the decision Wednesday, giving up four earned runs on eight hits and two walks in six innings and striking out a career-high 11 batters in his team's 6-4 loss to the Rockies.

Wood surrendered three runs in his first two innings to put himself in an early hole, then gave up another on an RBI double in the sixth. He hadn't topped seven strikeouts in a start since mid-April before posting his career-best mark Wednesday. Wood owns a 5.10 ERA and 108:55 K:BB ratio in 127 innings. He's scheduled to face the Rockies again Tuesday, this time in Colorado.


Travis Wood helps his own cause with HR, settles for no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood helped his own cause with his third home run of the season, but was unable to factor into the decision Friday afternoon at home against the Cardinals. The southpaw permitted five runs -- two earned -- on seven hits and one walk while striking out five over five innings of a 7-6 victory.

Over his last three starts covering 16 1/3 innings, Wood has allowed 14 earned runs. He owns a 5.06 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP over 21 starts (121 innings). His next start will come Wednesday at home against Colorado.

Command problems to blame for Travis Wood's struggles


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) It's easy to conclude Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood is having a rough campaign in 2014. The most evident number is his career-worst 5.12 ERA through 20 starts.

"I think it's a command thing for Travis," pitching coach Chris Bosio said Sunday, per MLB.com. "He's getting in hitters' counts and doesn't have the command he had last year. We talk about it a lot as a staff. Try to find out what's working and what's not working. Unfortunately for Travis right now, he shows flashes and the next thing you know, he'll walk a guy.

"He's had more 3-0 counts this year at this point than he had all of last year. Last year, he was unbelievable and very consistent, National League All-Star, but unfortunately for baseball players, these are cycles we go in. He's trying to find it, and he's searching."