Earlier this season, things weren’t looking so good for Travis Wood (2-3). The left-hander failed to record a win in his first 6 starts. He often looked over-matched, after spending the first month of the season in Triple A. Slowly but surely though, Wood has found a groove and won his last 2 starts for the Chicago Cubs.
Now let me be clear that even in his losses, Wood’s numbers aren’t that bad. In 8 starts, Wood has only given up more than 3 earned runs once, while never throwing fewer than 5 innings.
Wood is currently sporting a 3.54 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, with 35 K’s.
His number are respectable, and they show he’s pitching well enough to win on most nights. On a team with a more potent offense, Wood certainly would have more than 2 wins.
So what should Cubs’ fans expect from Wood the rest of the season?
I think he’s definitely going to be in Chicago for the rest of the season. I expect him to continue his ups and downs, as he’s a young guy (25), on a last place Cubs team.
Wood must improve his control to continue to be successful in the big leagues. He’s walked 20 batters this season, which isn’t terrible, but as a guy who doesn’t over-power hitters, he can’t afford any unnecessary base runners.Wood has to rely on the defense behind him to make plays to get him out of jams, which I feel they’ve done for the most part.
How good can Travis Wood be? I wouldn’t say sky’s the limit. Wood hasn’t shown me anything other than that he could be a good MLB pitcher. At best he’s shown that he’s worthy of a spot in the rotation, and nothing more.