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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: 5 | Salary: $527,500 | Owned/Started%: 34/11 | Average Draft Position: 209.90
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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."


Travis Wood hammered in loss vs. Diamondbacks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) Cubs pitcher Travis Wood took a loss Saturday, giving up seven runs (five earned) on eight hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings and striking out three in his team's 9-3 defeat against the Diamondbacks.

Wood (7-9) has dropped three straight starts, giving up seven runs in each of his last two outings while walking a total of seven batters over that stretch. He owns a 5.12 ERA and 92:52 K:BB ratio in 116 innings. Wood is slated to face the Padres Thursday.


Travis Wood gets obliterated by the Braves Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) Cubs pitcher Travis Wood was completely obliterated by the Braves Sunday afternoon in Wrigley Field, dropping to 7-8 on the year. The left-hander was shelled for seven runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out four over six innings of a 10-7 defeat.

Wood enters the break with a 4.96 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP over 19 starts (110 2/3 innings). He will make his next start Saturday at Arizona.

Cubs set rotation for first series after All-Star break


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) The Cubs announced starting pitcher Edwin Jackson will be on the hill for the team's second-half opener Friday at Arizona. He will be followed by Travis Wood and Jake Arrieta in the three-game series.

The Cubs have yet to make a decision on who will occupy the fourth and fifth spots in the rotation, according to Daily Herald.


Travis Wood falls to .500 with early struggles


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Cubs pitcher Travis Wood settled down from a rough first inning, but the damage was already done in a 4-2 loss to the Reds.

Wood was tagged for three runs in the first inning, as Jay Bruce followed up an RBI single by Brandon Phillips with a two-run shot. He would allow just one more unearned run while pitching into the sixth inning, but still dropped to .500 with the loss.

Wood was charged with three earned runs on eight hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings, while striking out five batters on 109 pitches. He fell to 7-7 with the loss, while his ERA rose slightly, to 4.64.

Wood is set to make one more start before the All-Star break, Sunday against the Braves. 


Cubs waiting another day or two to finalize rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) Following the trade of pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, Cubs manager Rick Renteria said he will likely make a decision about who replaces them in the rotation on Monday or Tuesday, per MLB.com.

For now, the rotation aligns with Edwin Jackson starting Monday at Cincinnati, and he will be followed by Travis Wood and Tsuyoshi Wada during a doubleheader Tuesday. One candidate to join the rotation is Dallas Beeler, who allowed one unearned run over six innings in his lone start for Chicago June 28 against the Nationals.

"There's nothing that says they can't come in here and perform and help us win ballgames," Renteria said of promoting pitchers from the minors. "We're really hopeful that the guys that we have within the system will be able to come in and hopefully find a sense of comfort within that clubhouse and when they go out to the hill. Obviously, there's some nervousness that comes with the new area, the new arena. But usually those guys are able to adjust and perform."


Travis Wood settles for no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Cubs starter Travis Wood had a rocky outing and was unable to factor into the decision Wednesday night against the Red Sox in Boston. The left-hander permitted three runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out three over 3 2/3 innings of work.

Wood has allowed three runs in each of his last three starts. He owns a 4.62 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP over 17 starts (99 1/3 innings). He will look to get back on track Tuesday at Cincinnati.

Travis Wood falters late in no-decision


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2014) Cubs starter Travis Wood struggled with his control Thursday, but still managed to toss a quality start in a 5-3 win over the Nationals.

Wood didn't get the win in the outing, as he struggled late and had to be helped out by the offense. He allowed three runs in the no-decision, as he scattered seven hits and five walks over 6 2/3 innings of work. He struck out four on 98 pitches before being removed.

Wood remains 7-6 through 16 starts, while his ERA fell slightly, to 4.52. He is set to take the mound next Wednesday in Boston.  


Travis Wood pulled in fifth inning Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) Cubs pitcher Travis Wood took a loss Saturday after giving up three earned runs on four hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings while striking out four in his team's 5-3 loss to the Pirates.

Wood (7-6) gave up a solo home run in the third inning but entered the fifth with a 2-1 lead. He then surrendered two runs and left the game with two outs and two on in the inning after racking up 99 pitches. Wood owns a 4.55 ERA and 73:34 K:BB ratio in 89 innings. He's scheduled to face the Nationals Thursday.


Travis Wood goes eight scoreless for seventh win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood allowed just three hits over eight scoreless innings, leading Chicago to a 3-0 win Sunday at Philadelphia. The left-handed hurler walked three batters and struck out six, while lowering his ERA to 4.48.

Wood (7-5) never ran into much trouble and even retired 12 batters in a row after issuing a leadoff walk to Ben Revere in the bottom of the first inning.

Wood's only real jam came in the sixth inning after he allowed consecutive one-out singles to Revere and Jimmy Rollins. But he worked out of trouble by getting Chase Utley and Marlon Byrd to pop out to shortstop.

Wood has won two straight starts and picked up wins in five of his last eight starts. He's expected to make his next start Saturday vs. Pittsburgh. He is 3-1 with a 2.58 ERA in six home starts and is 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA in two starts against the Pirates this season.


Travis Wood scatters nine hits in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) Cubs pitcher Travis Wood wasn't at his sharpest Tuesday, but got back on the winning side as the Cubs took down the Pirates, 7-3.

Wood pitched into the seventh inning, despite the Pirates tallying nine hits against him. He limited the damage well enough to hold the offense to three runs, two of which came on a third-inning home run by Andrew McCutchen.

Wood ended up allowing his three runs on nine hits and a pair of walks, while striking out two batters on 102 pitches. He improved his record to 6-5 with the win, while lowering his ERA to 4.95 on the season.

Wood look to make it two wins in a row when he takes on the Phillies in Sunday's series finale in Philadelphia.


Travis Wood helps himself, bullpen doesn't in no-decision


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2014) Cubs starter Travis Wood helped his own cause Thursday against the Mets, but still had to settle for a no-decision in a 7-4 win.

Wood limited the Mets to two runs in five innings of work, and drove in three at the plate on his own, including with a two-run home run. He ran into trouble in the top of the sixth, allowing the first three runners to reach base before he was pulled. He still left in line for the win, but the bullpen could not make his lead stand up.

Wood scattered four hits in his five innings of work, but walked five and struck out just three on 91 pitches before leaving the game. He remains 5-5 with a 5.04 ERA on the season, heading into his next start against the Pirates Tuesday. 


Travis Wood shelled early in blowout loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) Cubs pitcher Travis Wood saw his three-game winning streak come to a crashing halt Friday, in an 11-5 loss to the Brewers.

Coming off a pair of quality outings, Wood couldn't even make it through one inning unscathed. The Brewers jumped on him for five runs in the first inning, and he ultimately couldn't make it through three before being chased.

Wood was tagged for seven runs on 10 hits and a walk in 2 2/3 innings of work. He tossed 62 pitches, 41 for strikes, en route to four strikeouts, while taking the loss.

Wood had won three decisions in a row and four out of his last five before Friday, and is now 5-5 with a 5.15 ERA on the season. He will look to get back on track in his next outing, set for Thursday against the Mets. 


Travis Wood wins third straight decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood put together a dominant outing on Saturday, picking up his third straight win in his team's 3-2 win over the Padres in San Diego.

Wood (5-4) tossed seven scoreless frames before losing a shutout bid in the eighth, serving up a two-run home run to pinch hitter Carlos Quentin. He yielded two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out three in 7 1/3 innings of work.

Wood has allowed two earned runs in each of his last two starts. He has lowered his ERA from 4.91 to 4.35 over that span. He will make his next start Friday at Milwaukee.

Travis Wood earns second straight win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2014) Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood won a second straight start, improving to 4-4 during a 4-2 win Sunday against the Brewers. He allowed two runs on two hits and three walks, while striking out seven in seven innings.

Wood ran into some early control problems, as he walked the bases loaded in the first inning. However, he didn't surrender a run and would not walk a batter the rest of the afternoon.

At one stretch, Wood retired 11 straight batters before Logan Schafer had a one-out double in the fifth inning. Two batters later, unfortunately, Rickie Weeks connected for a two-run homer, but it would be the only runs Wood allowed in the win.

He would finish his afternoon by retiring the final seven batters he faced. Wood's next scheduled start is for Saturday against the Padres.


Travis Wood surrenders five runs in win vs. Cardinals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2014) Cubs pitcher Travis Wood picked up a win Monday despite giving up five runs (four earned) on five hits and three walks in six innings while striking out four in his team's 17-5 victory over the Cardinals.

Wood (3-4) was staked to a 4-0 lead by the time he took the hill in the first inning, and the offense tacked on three more in the top of the second to give him all the support he would need. He owns a 4.91 ERA and 44:15 K:BB ratio in 47 2/3 innings. Wood is on track to take on Brewers Saturday.


Travis Wood tries to get off roller coaster


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2014) Cubs pitcher Travis Wood, who'll start Monday in St. Louis, has been up and down this season after making the All-Star team last year. "Right now it's kind of been back and forth," Wood told ESPN.com. "Good game, bad game, good game, bad game. Hopefully we can iron that out and get on a roll." 

Wood (2-4) has a 4.75 ERA after his worst outing since July 2012. He gave up eight runs on eight hits and five walks in four innings against the White Sox last week.

"It's just been a battle so far," Wood said. "Breaks aren't going my way, and I'm not making the pitches when I need to."

Wood's batting average against on balls in play (BABIP) has shot up from .251 last year to .344 this season.


Travis Wood hit hard in loss No. 4


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood struggled with his control Wednesday, and it results in his worst start of the season in an 8-3 loss to the White Sox.

 Wood allowed one run through his first three innings if work, before the wheels came off. He was tagged for three runs in the fourth and four more in the fifth innings, and was ultimately charged with eight runs on eight hits and five walks in four innings of work. He added three strikeouts, while throwing 52 of 89 pitches for strikes.

Wood took the loss to drop to 2-4 on the season, while his ERA rose to 4.75 through 41 2/3 innings of work. He will try to get back on track in his next start, Monday in St. Louis. 


Travis Wood gets back on track in win over Cardinals


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2014) Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood (2-3) got back on track with a quality start, earning his second win of the season in his team's 6-5 victory over St. Louis. The left-hander permitted three runs -- two earned -- on six hits and no walks while striking out six over seven innings pitched.

Wood owns a 3.35 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP over his first six starts (37 2/3 innings). he will make his next start Wednesday against the White Sox.

Travis Wood hit hard in third loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2014) Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood struggled through his worst start of the season Saturday, in a 5-3 loss to the Brewers.

Wood matched his shortest outing of the season, as he was pulled from the game with two out in the sixth inning. He was charged with five runs on seven hits in his 5 2/3 innings of work, while striking out three batters and walking three more.  

Wood is now 1-3 on the season, despite posting a 3.52 ERA in 30 2/3 innings of work. His next start is set for Friday against the Cardinals. 


Travis Wood strikes out nine, blasts home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2014) Cubs pitcher Travis Wood allowed just one earned run on six hits in seven innings while striking out nine and walking none in his team's 5-1 win over the Diamondbacks Monday.

Wood (1-2) was integral to the win both on the mound and at the plate, smacking a three-run home run in the second inning as part of a 2-for-3, four-RBI performance, which leaves him with a .333/.429/1.000 line at the plate. He also owns a 2.52 ERA and 28:4 K:BB ratio in 25 innings. Wood will be up against the Brewers in Milwaukee Saturday.


Travis Wood to start before Jason Hammel in Arizona series


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) According to the Cubs' game notes, Travis Wood will start Monday and Jason Hammel will start Tuesday against the Diamondbacks. Both pitchers started in Wednesday's doubleheader against the Yankees.

Travis Wood surrenders 11 hits, two runs Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Pitching the second half of a doubleheader Wednesday, Cubs pitcher Travis Wood was knocked around for 11 hits but gave up just two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings while striking out two in his team's 2-0 loss to the Yankees.

The Yankees only managed one extra-base hit (a double) against Wood, who gave up one run in each of the fourth and fifth innings. He owns a 3.00 ERA and 19:4 K:BB ratio in 18 innings. Wood (0-2) will face the Diamondbacks Monday or Tuesday.


Travis Wood excellent, Cubs bullpen terrible Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2014) Cubs starter Travis Wood performed far better than did his bullpen Thursday against Pittsburgh. The result was a undeserved no-decision.

Wood struck out six consecutive batters en route to a fine performance in which he gave up just one run on four hits in six innings. He walked three, fanned nine and left with a 4-0 lead. Unfortunately, the relievers threw his win out the window by giving up five runs in the seventh.

The southpaw now has 17 strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings pitched to start the season.


Travis Wood blows lead in loss to Phillies


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2014) Cubs starter Travis Wood had his strikeout pitches working Friday, but lost his effectiveness against Philadelphia in the middle innings and the game to boot.

Wood had a shutout and 2-0 lead going through three, but an error to open the fourth opened the floodgates. He gave up three runs on four hits, including a home run to Chase Utley, before recovering to get the Phillies in order in the sixth. A poor performance by the bullpen ensured his defeat. He finished with eight strikeouts, however.

He is scheduled to make his next start Thursday against Gerrit Cole and the Pirates.