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67 Tsuyoshi Wada SP
Height/Weight: 5-11/180 | Birthdate: 2/21/1981 | Birthplace: Izumo, Japan | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Chicago | College: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 40/26 | Average Draft Position: 247.20
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Report: Cubs, Giants set to continue Tuesday game Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) The Giants have prevailed in a protest of how Tuesday's called game was handled, and Tuesday's 2-0 Cubs win is set to be continued Thursday, picking up where things left off in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The game was delayed for more than four hours after the grounds crew was unable to get the tarp completely on the infield before it was drenched, with the umpires ultimately deciding to call the game and award Chicago with the win late into the night. Tsuyoshi Wada (win) and Ryan Vogelsong (loss) were the pitchers of record in the game, but if it's continued, those decisions are up in the air.


Tsuyoshi Wada wins, Ryan Vogelsong loses in rain-shortened affair


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Tuesday's game between the Cubs and Giants was called as final after five innings, with the Cubs coming out on top, 2-0.

Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada got the win after throwing five shutout innings, scattering six pitches and striking out three batters. Ryan Vogelsong took the loss for the Giants, allowing two runs on three hits and a pair of walks over four innings, while striking out four before the rain came.  


Tsuyoshi Wada goes five scoreless innings before delay Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Cubs pitchr Tsuyoshi Wada gave up six hits in five scoreless innings while striking out three Tuesday before his team's game against the Giants went into a long delay in the bottom of the fifth inning.

The rain came down for about 15 minutes at Wrigley Field, but the grounds crew was unable to bring the tarp in before the field got soaked. That led to a massive delay that extended after the rain stopped as the grounds crew tried to get the field in a playable condition. If Wada's line stands, he'll own a 2.75 ERA and 33:10 K:BB ratio in 39 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to pitch again Sunday against the Orioles.


Tsuyoshi Wada making himself an option for 2015


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada has been impressive in his first run with the team, and catcher John Baker said the receipe to his success has not been complicated.

"Executing," Baker told ESPN.com Friday. "Everything that he's throwing. He puts the ball where he wants to put the ball. And he's not shaking me off. Maybe twice (on Wednesday). So I can take the pressure and he can just pitch." 

Wade has a 3.15 ERA in six starts since joining the Cubs from Triple-A Iowa, and might be pitching himself into a rotation spot in 2015. The Cubs hold an option for Wada for next season. 


Tsuyoshi Wada gaining momentum


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/14/2014) Cubs rookie Tsuyoshi Wada (hey, it's technically true even though he's 33 and had a lengthy career in Japan) turned in another fine performance Wednesday against the Brewers, allowing two runs on five hits with one walk and five strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. He's now allowed two earned runs or fewer in five of his six starts with predictably good control and a much better strikeout rate than I anticipated given his below-average fastball.

Because he was older and less touted than fellow import Wei-Yin Chen when the Orioles brought both in prior to 2012, I'll admit I wrote him off in Fantasy, especially since he almost immediately needed Tommy John surgery. The guy was already a long shot at his age. Now, he'd never get his chance.

Except he has this year with the Cubs. And his performance so far reminds me of another strike-throwing but relatively soft-tossing import who has far exceeded the hype: Hisashi Iwakuma of the Mariners.

That's a dangerous comparison to make given how successful Iwakuma has been the last two years, but Wada had a 1.51 ERA in his final year in Japan back in 2011. Maybe we've underestimated him, too.

For now, I think Fantasy owners should value Wada about on the same level as a Jason Vargas, but he could surge past him in the weeks ahead.


Tsuyoshi Wada allows two solo home runs in win Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada picked up a win Wednesday, giving up two earned runs on five hits and one walk in 6 2/3 innings while striking out five in his team's 4-2 victory over the Brewers.

Wada (2-1) took a 4-0 lead into the seventh inning, where he served up back-to-back solo home runs before being removed from the game. It was his third straight start giving up at least one home run, but he hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in any of his last four outings. Wada owns a 3.15 ERA and 30:10 K:BB ratio in 34 1/3 innings.


Tsuyoshi Wada strikes out six in no-decision vs. Rays


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada wasn't a factor in the decision Friday, giving up two earned runs on four hits and one walk in six-plus innings and striking out six in his team's 4-3, 10-inning loss to the Rays.

Wada entered the seventh inning with a 2-1 lead, but he surrendered a leadoff triple before being removed from the game. That runner would come home two batters later, evening the score and preventing Wada from picking up a win. He owns a 3.25 ERA and 25:9 K:BB ratio in 27 2/3 innings. Wada is scheduled to face the Brewers Wednesday.


Tsuyoshi Wada picks up his first win Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada picked up his first win of the year Monday.

Wada allowed one run on five hits over seven innings. He struck out six and walked one during the outing. Wada got off to a strong start, tossing five scoreless innings to open the game. In the sixth, Wada ran into trouble. After putting two men on, Wada allowed a run-scoring single to Nolan Arenado. He was able to get out of the inning without giving up an additional runs. 

With the win, Wada improved to 1-1 on the year. He'll take on the Dodgers in his next start. 


Tsuyoshi Wada struggles against Padres Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada struggled Wednesday against the Padres.

Wada allowed five runs on five hits over four innings. He struck out four and walked four. The Padres were on to Wada early. Yangervis Solarte drove in the game’s first run on a triple, and Carlos Quentin added a sac fly. 

Wada was able to compose himself for two innings, but allowed another run in the fourth. Things continued to unravel in the fifth. Wada walked the first two hitters of the inning before giving up a run-scoring double. He then issued two more walks, bringing in another run. Wada got himself out of the inning, but was replaced in the sixth.

With the loss, Wada dropped to 0-1 on the year. His next start will come against the Rockies.


Cubs recall Tsuyoshi Wada from Triple-A


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) The Cubs recalled pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada from Triple-A Iowa before his scheduled start Wednesday against the Padres.

Wada has made one appearance with the Cubs, pitching five scoreless innings on July 8. He is 10-6 with a 2.77 ERA in 113 2/3 innings with Iowa this season.


Tsuyoshi Wada set to rejoin Cubs' rotation Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Cubs starting pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada will return from the minors to start Wednesday against the Padres. Wada took a no-decision in his MLB debut July 8 at Cincinnati, despite allowing just one unearned run in five innings.

Tsuyoshi Wada solid in season-debut


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada was solid in his season-debut against the Reds.

Wada allowed one unearned run over five innings of work. He gave up five hits and one walk. Wada struck out three batters during the appearance. He tossed just 87 pitches before he was replaced. 

Wada was in line for the win when he left the game, but the Cubs bullpen couldn't hold the lead. He was left with a no-decision. Wada has not factored into any decisions in the majors yet this season. His next will come against the Braves should he remain in the Cubs rotation. 


Tsuyoshi Wada gets the call for doubleheader


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) The Cubs recalled Tsuyoshi Wada from Triple-A Iowa Tuesday, to start the second game of a doubleheader against the Reds.

Wada will likely serve as the 26th man for the doubleheader, and his role moving forward is not yet known. 


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."


Who is worth targeting among the Cubs' rotation hopefuls?


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(7/5/2014) Clearly, the headliners from Saturday's trade between the Cubs and Athletics were Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, and both immediately become must-owns in AL-only leagues. Their departure leaves the Cubs with two big holes to fill in their rotation, and there is no shortage of candidates to fill them.

Carlos Villanueva has replaced Samardzija for his Saturday start at the Nationals, but he is not necessarily among the candidates to fill a spot long-term. Even if he were, Villanueva has not had a sterling track record as a starter (career 4.94 ERA), so he can be passed over in virtually all Fantasy formats.

Then there is Dan Straily, who was acquired from the A's as part of the return for Samardzija and Hammel. He will report to Triple-A Iowa, but according to CSNChicago.com, he could be up with the big club soon. Because of his strikeout potential, Straily is worth stashing in NL-only leagues. He has a Jake Odorizzi-like skill set -- complete with shaky control and a high flyball rate -- but without a pitcher's park like Tropicana Field (or his former home of O.co Coliseum) to come home to, there may be little respite from home runs.

A better risk than Straily is Tsuyoshi Wada, who has already been announced as Tuesday's starter at the Reds. He has similar strikeout potential to Straily but with fewer control issues and slightly less pronounced flyball tendencies. He is worth pursuing in some deeper mixed leagues, as well as in NL-only formats.

Chris Rusin, just called up for bullpen duty, Dallas Beeler and Kyle Hendricks will also be in the mix, according to ESPN.com, but none has appeal outside of deeper NL-only leagues. With so much competition for two open spots, none of those three are really worth the trouble of expending FAAB dollars or a waiver priority.


Tsuyoshi Wada to get the nod Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) The Cubs have tabbed Tsuyoshi Wada as the team's starting pitcher Tuesday.

The club was reportedly deciding between two pitchers for the start. It's unclear if Wada will be a consistent member of the rotation moving forward, or if this is just a spot start while the team figures out the rotation moving forward. Wada will take on the Reds. 


Cubs considering two Iowa pitchers for Tuesday start


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) Triple-A Iowa left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada and righty Dallas Beeler are receiving consideration to be promoted by the Cubs for the nightcap of the Tuesday doubleheader against Cincinnati.

Beeler has a bit of a track record after pitching six shutout innings in his only major league start this season. Wada has also been impressiving, posting a 9-5 record and 2.66 ERA at the Triple-A level with 105 strikeouts in 101 2/3 innings.


Tsuyoshi Wada candidate to start Tuesday twinbill


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada is a candidate to start a doubleheader against the Reds on Tuesday, ESPN Chicago reports. Wada is 9-4 with a 2.55 ERA over 99 innings this season at Triple-A Iowa.

Tsuyoshi Wada surrenders two runs vs. Angels


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada gave up two earned runs on four hits and three walks in four innings while striking out four in his team's 8-4 loss to the Angels Tuesday.

Wada was released by the Cubs Sunday but signed a new minor-league deal Monday. He owns an 8.38 ERA and 11:8 K:BB ratio in 9 2/3 innings this spring.


Tsuyoshi Wada back with the Cubs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2014) Starting pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada, who was released by the Cubs Sunday, signed a new minor-league deal with the team Monday and will start Tuesday against the Angels.

Cubs release Tsuyoshi Wada


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2014) The Cubs have one less person competing for a spot in their rotation after releasing Tsuyoshi Wada Sunday. Wada had an 11.12 ERA and 2.65 WHIP in three spring outings (one start).

Tsuyoshi Wada still in the mix for rotation spot


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2014) With two weeks left in spring training, Cubs left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada will remain in the mix for a spot in the rotation, according to MLB.com on Sunday. Wada will continue to start games the rest of the way.

Wada has allowed seven runs over 5 2/3 innings pitched in three appearances (one start) in Cactus League play.

"He's still scheduled to be a starter, so we have to continue to try to stretch him out," manager Rick Renteria said.

Cubs hand Tsuyoshi Wada minor-league deal


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/19/2013) Left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs Thursday. Wada, 32, spent the last two seasons in the Orioles organization but didn't appear in either the majors or minors because of Tommy John surgery in 2012.

Orioles moving on from Tsuyoshi Wada


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/21/2013) Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette told MASNSports.com Thursday that he won't look into bringing back free agent starting pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada for 2014 after already turning down his $5 million offer.

Wada, 32, never pitched for the big-club in two seasons with the organization. He missed most of 2012 because of Tommy John surgery.


Orioles don't pick up Tsuyoshi Wada's option


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11/3/2013) The Orioles declined Tsuyoshi Wada 's option for the 2014 season Saturday, according to the Baltimore Sun. Wada was set to earn $5 million.

Wada never pitched for the Orioles after signing a two-year deal with them prior to the 2012 season. He missed most of 2012 and a portion of 2013 recovering from Tommy John surgery. In 19 starts with Triple-A Norfolk this season, Wada went 5-6 with a 4.03 ERA.