Travis Wood SP CHC 2 weeks ago

Wood will stick in the Cubs' bullpen for now, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports.

Wood recorded a save in the first relief appearance of his career Saturday, but it was only a byproduct of several of the team's late-inning relievers being unavailable for the opportunity. The lefty is most likely to see lower-leverage multi-inning situations out of the bullpen, which won't give him much value in most fantasy formats.

Travis Wood SP CHC 2 weeks ago

Wood picked up his first career save on Saturday, pitching a perfect ninth inning in a 4-1 win over the Cardinals.

Hector Rondon had pitched three straight days coming into the game, while Pedro Strop had pitched in two straight and given up two runs the night before and Jason Motte got the last two outs of the eighth inning Saturday. In short, Cubs manager Joe Maddon didn't have a lot of options available to him to close out this game, so don't read too much into Wood's sudden ninth-inning assignment.

Travis Wood SP CHC 2 weeks ago

Wood lasted just 4.1 innings Thursday against the Mets, giving up five runs on seven hits and a walk. He struck out five and didn't receive a decision in the eventual 6-5 win.

Three solo homers and then a fifth-inning rally were enough to end Wood's day. He's been a stunningly prolific strikeout artist so far this year, with 39 in 37 innings, but it's hard to see that carrying forward, as Wood's never been known to strike a lot of guys out. All those whiffs have also come with a lot of struggles for the lefty, who now owns an ugly 5.59 ERA. He'll look to right the ship Wednesday against the Padres.

Travis Wood SP CHC 3 weeks ago

Wood struggled against the Brewers Saturday, allowing six runs in just four innings in the 12-4 loss.

Only four of the runs were earned, but that doesnt retract from the poor performance from Wood. It's a nightmare matchup for Wood as he really struggles against righties and the Brewers being one of the most righty-heavy lineups in the NL. Wood will look to bounce back in his next start Thursday against the Mets.

Travis Wood SP CHC 3 weeks ago

Wood (2-1) had his second no-decision of the season Tuesday against the Cardinals, allowing six earned runs on six hits and a home run in five innings.

This was Wood's worst outing of the season. In his four previous starts, he didn't give up more than three earned runs, but he has given up four homers in his past three outings. He'll get a second start this week Saturday against the Brewers.

Travis Wood SP CHC 1 month ago

Wood (2-1) allowed two runs on five hits while striking out nine and walking none in seven innings Tuesday to pick up the win over the Pirates.

Wood's only blemish of the game was in the fourth inning, when he gave up a two-run homer to Starling Marte, but otherwise, he was solid. He lowered his ERA to 3.04 and will take the mound again Monday at St. Louis.

Travis Wood SP CHC 1 month ago

Wood will start for the Cubs Tuesday against the Pirates, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

Wood was originally scheduled to start Monday, but manager Joe Maddon made some rotation changes that resulted in Wood being bumped back to Tuesday. With a team day off scheduled for Thursday, Wood's two-start week will be pushed back for the time being.

Travis Wood SP CHC 1 month ago

Wood struck out five and walked two while allowing three runs on four hits over five innings Tuesday against the Pirates.

A pair of early mistakes were taken out of the yard as Josh Harrison hit a leadoff homer in the bottom of the first on an elevated fastball before Starling Marte added a solo shot in the second inning. Wood struggled to get ahead of hitters consistently Tuesday, and needed 84 pitches to get 15 outs prior to his departure. He's scheduled to face the Reds in Cincinnati on Sunday for his next start.

Travis Wood SP CHC 1 month ago

Wood (1-1) turned in a dominant effort Wednesday against the Reds, striking out seven over seven shutout innings. He allowed just three hits and two walks.

After he couldn't get out of the fifth inning in Colorado to open the year, Wood delivered a much better effort at home. However, considering that he's delivered ERAs well over 4.00 in three of the last four seasons, Wood can't be expected to turn in performances like this on a consistent basis.

Travis Wood SP CHC 2 months ago

Wood's first start of the season will still come Friday, even though the rotation was shaken up a bit after Tuesday's game was postponed, ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers reports.

Wood is the only pitcher in the rotation who will keep his next scheduled start date, so his value for this week does not change. As a back-end starter slated to pitch in Coors Field against a lineup that put up 10 runs on Opening Day, avoiding Wood in most formats Friday would be advised.