Blake Wood
RP CIN
3 weeks ago

Wood allowed the game-tying run Saturday against the Nats, allowing a run on a hit and three walks over two-thirds of an inning.

EDGE Analysis

Wood was lucky to allow just the one run, as Josh Smith was able to induce a pop-out with the bases loaded to strand Wood's three runners. Wood's 3.38 ERA might sughest that he's pitching well, but his 1.55 WHIP, fueled by 26 walks in 40 innings, tells the real story. The bright note for him is that he has allowed only one homer, which makes him an anomaly in the Reds bullpen.

Blake Wood
RP CIN
1 month ago

Wood is back with the team after being reinstated from the paternity list Friday.

EDGE Analysis

Wood missed the last three games as he spent time with his family. He will be back with the team as they face San Diego on Friday, while outfielder Kyle Waldrop was optioned to Triple-A Louisville to make room for Wood. The 30-year-old reliever has posted a 3.57 ERA with a 1.53 WHIP during 35.1 innings this season.

Blake Wood
RP CIN
1 month ago

Wood was placed on the paternity list Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

Per MLB rules, the Reds will be without Wood for at least one game while he is away from the team to be with his family. He can miss up to three games, so Cincinnati could be thin in the back of the bullpen for their quick interleague series against the Rangers. Raisel Iglesias, who will be used as a reliever, was activated by the Reds in a corresponding move Tuesday.

Blake Wood
RP CIN
1 month ago

Wood picked up his first save with a scoreless inning despite allowing a hit and two walks in Tuesday's win over Atlanta.

EDGE Analysis

J.J. Hoover pitched two scoreless innings in his first game back from injury before Wood nailed it down, and given Wood's shakiness, Hoover may find himself back in the closer's role before long. Still, Wood has been one of the few competent players in the Reds bullpen, with a 3.41 ERA that ranks as the best among regular Reds relievers this year. If Hoover doesn't jump back into the closer's role, Wood will be the natural choice going forward given his relative success.

Blake Wood
RP CIN
1 month ago

Wood (5-1) fired two innings of no-hit ball in Friday's 2-1 victory over the A's. He walked one and also notched a pair of strikeouts.

EDGE Analysis

Although the Reds sport one of the lowest-ranked bullpens in the majors, Wood has managed to forge a solid record despite his own share of struggles. Wood has thrived in multi-inning outings this season, as he's yet to give up an earned run on the four occasions in which he's pitched two full frames. He's now turned in scoreless efforts in six of his last eight trips to the mound, and has seven whiffs over his last five innings.

Blake Wood
RP CIN
2 months ago

Wood (4-1) pitched two scoreless innings against the Brewers on Saturday, in which he allowed two hits with two strikeouts.

EDGE Analysis

Wood hasn't been able to handle a late-inning relief role when given the chance, but he's been pretty solid in a less stressful role. Wood lowered his ERA to a respectable 3.91 in 25.1 innings, but he needs to decrease the walks (16 so far) to be even more effective.

Blake Wood
RP CIN
3 months ago

Wood gave up two runs on a hit and a walk while retiring one batter (on an appeal play) in Wednesday's win over the Rockies.

EDGE Analysis

Wood came in after Raisel Iglesias gave up what appeared to be a game-tying hit. But after Wood entered the game, the Reds appealed that Rockies catcher Dustin Garneau missed third base, and had Wood throw to appeal. That appeal was upheld, and Wood was credited with the out. Wood might get further opportunities in the late innings while the Reds sort out their closer job, but he's yet to demonstrate that he's capable of handling the job well.

Blake Wood
RP CIN
4 months ago

Wood earned his first win since 2011 with a scoreless ninth inning against the Phillies on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

The 30-year-old worked around a one-out walk to keep the game at 2-1, and Cincinnati would rally in the bottom of the frame to give Wood his seventh career win. He spent all of last year with the Pirates' Triple-A affiliate, and barely made the Reds' roster after a rough spring. Chances are, Wood will work primarily in the middle innings this season, bridging the gap to Jumbo Diaz, Tony Cingrani and closer J.J. Hoover.

Blake Wood
RP CIN
4 months ago

Wood was the Reds' only major league free agent signing this offseason, but he has really struggled this spring and isn't guaranteed an Opening Day roster spot. Wood has allowed nine runs on 17 hits and five walks over nine innings this spring.

EDGE Analysis

All but three spots are wide open in that bullpen. Wood's struggles will hurt, but the lack of pedigree on the roster help his chances.

Blake Wood
RP CIN
4 months ago

Wood allowed two hits, including a homer, and a walk in his one inning of work against the Rangers on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Wood doesn't have a guaranteed job coming into the regular season. "No one here, outside of [J.J.] Hoover, is really afforded to think they've made the bullpen. I think that they all understand that," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "These guys are busting their tail not just to get their work in and their arms in Opening Day shape, but they're competing for jobs on the team. I don't think there is any shortage of effort. Sometimes, I do think it takes some time to settle in."