There have been more than a few times in Chicago Cubs history where it looked like they would really make a big change for the better. Only a few times however has that actually turned into a team that made playoff appearances and of course we all know the last time they won a World Series was quite a while ago. Still there always seems to be a certain amount of optimism in the windy city about the future of the Cubs. There’s always next season after all. One thing that is improving steadily and for certain is the pitching. Of the starting pitching, Travis Wood is among the most promising young stars.
Wood’s career is on the move and it is moving in the right direction. He already has seven wins this season after totaling only six in both 2010 and 2011. His ERA is also moving in the right direction going from a 4.84 in 2011 to a 4.27 in 2012 and now a 3.04 mark in 2013. Innings pitched is a clear indicator of upward movement as well and Wood currently sits only 11 innings shy of his 2012 total of 156. Add to that his first career All-Star selection this year and you have a career on the rise.
Money is sometimes an issue for the Cubbies but Wood is just a baby in terms of contract status and won’t be eligible for free agency until 2017. Even with arbitration his salary isn’t likely to jump that far as he currently makes under $1 million. Couple Wood with Jeff Samardzija and the Cubs have the makings of a very strong starting rotation for years to come. Cubs fans can only hope against hope that Wood doesn’t go the way of so many other promising Cubs players and leave through trade.