Travis Wood SP CHC 1 Month

Travis Wood was knocked around for seven runs on 10 hits and one walk over just 2 2/3 innings in Friday's loss to the Brewers.

It was his shortest outing of the season. Wood dug an early hole by himself by giving up five runs in the first inning and simply failed to recover. The southpaw showed some signs of progress in his most recent two starts, but he took a big step back with this one, seeing his ERA go up to 5.15 for year. He'll attempt to rebound next week against the Mets at home.

Travis Wood SP CHC 2 Months

Travis Wood held the Padres to two runs and three hits over 7 1/3 innings to win Saturday.

As he so often does, Wood helped his own cause with an RBI single. While it's far from the only reason, it should be factored in that one of the reasons Wood is 5-4 with a 4.35 ERA while Jeff Samardzija is 0-4 with a 1.46 ERA is that the former is probably baseball's best hitting pitcher and the latter is down near the bottom. It made the difference in a 3-2 game tonight.

Travis Wood SP CHC 2 Months

Travis Wood worked around some early control problems to pick up his fourth win of the season, allowing two runs in seven innings against the Brewers on Sunday.

Wood walked the bases loaded with two outs in the first inning, but escaped without allowing a run. Rickie Weeks put the Brewers on the board with a two-run home run in the fifth, but otherwise, Wood was sharp. The lefty allowed just two hits and the three walks while striking out seven. It was a nice change as Wood had been shaky in his previous two starts. Wood will have a very nice match-up in his next start, facing the Padres at Petco Park.

Travis Wood SP CHC 2 Months

Travis Wood was given an easy win after allowing five runs -- four earned -- in six innings Monday against the Cardinals.

The Cubs racked up nine runs in the first four innings, leaving Wood with several long waits before he could back to the mound. That might have had something to do with his shaky outing, but then, he wasn't very good in two of his previous three starts and he had no such excuses then.

Travis Wood SP CHC 2 Months

Travis Wood had an off night on Wednesday, giving up eight runs in four innings against the White Sox.

Wood was probably frustrated about not being allowed to hit in the AL park. Besides giving up eight hits, he walked five on the night. He had walked a total of seven batters in six starts coming in. Chalk it up to a bad day. We're not big believers in Wood remaining useful in mixed leagues, but he's a fine NL-only starter.

Travis Wood SP CHC 2 Months

Travis Wood limited the Cardinals to three runs -- two earned -- across seven innings in Friday's 6-5 win.

Wood out-dueled Adam Wainwright, allowing six hits while striking out six and not walking anyone. The left-hander moved to 2-3 on the season, but he's put up a nice 3.35 ERA and 1.25 WHIP to go along with a 37/7 K/BB ratio over 37 2/3 innings. He'll try to keep it going next week when the Cubs travel a few miles south to face the White Sox.

Travis Wood SP CHC 3 Months

Travis Wood was shelled for five earned runs in 5 2/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the Brewers.

Wood was shaky out of the gate, yielding one run in the first inning, and two runs in the second as the Brewers cruised to their 18th win in 24 games this season. Wood will try to bounce back next time out against the Cardinals. It's not a great fantasy matchup.

Travis Wood SP CHC 3 Months

Travis Wood allowed one run over seven innings and hit his first homer as part of a four-RBI night to lead the Cubs over the Diamondbacks 5-1 on Monday.

Wood showed that his three homers and .639 OPS from last season isn't a fluke; he had a three-run homer and an RBI double off Bronson Arroyo tonight. He also had one of his better outings on the mound for his first win in four starts. He has a 2.52 ERA, but run support has been an issue. It would have been tonight as well, had he not taken matters into his own hands.

Travis Wood SP CHC 3 Months

Travis Wood took a no-decision after giving up one run in six-plus innings Thursday against the Pirates.

So foolish: manager Rick Renteria left Wood in to start the seventh, only to pull him immediately after a leadoff double. Not only is that a crummy way to run a pitching staff, but it gave the Pirates a much better pinch-hitting opportunity with Travis Snider hitting against a righty. Snider homered to account for the only run Wood allowed, and the Pirates ended up scoring five runs in the frame, costing Wood the victory in what had been a 4-0 game.

Travis Wood SP CHC 4 Months

Travis Wood tossed three shutout innings in Thursday's start against the White Sox.

Wood was sharp, allowing only two hits and walking one while striking out four. The Cubs hope Wood can defy the skeptics and continue pitching like he did last season, when he finished with a 3.11 ERA over 32 starts.