Game Ninety-Eight: Cubs (44-53) vs. Diamondbacks (51-48)
- Game Time – 8:40pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 185/844
- Location – Chase Field, Phoenix
Travis Wood (6-6, 2.79/1.04) vs. Patrick Corbin (11-1, 2.35/1.00)
The Cubs will try to make it two in a row over the Diamondbacks tonight behind Travis Wood. The Cubs’ All-Star representative has not pitched since the final game before the break and should be well rested after some much-needed time off.
Travis Wood put together a very good first half of the season with 17 quality starts in 19 tries. Wood has allowed less hits (89) than innings pitched (122 2/3 innings) and must continue to limit the free passes in order to main his early success throughout the season.
Look for Dale Sveum to run out the same lineup that he used on Monday night with Junior Lake in the leadoff spot. One change could be Alfonso Soriano, if he is no longer with the team.
Tonight all starts with Travis Wood …
Travis Wood makes his first start of the second half tonight. Wood should be fully rested after not pitching since July 14. Wood made the trip to New York for the All-Star game but Bruce Bochy did not call his number.
Wood’s string of quality starts ended with his last start against the Cardinals at Wrigley. Wood lasted only 5 2/3 innings and gave up three runs on a season-high 10 hits with three walks and one strikeout. Wood seemed out of sorts in his last outing and never found a rhythm or appeared to get comfortable on the mound. Wood surrendered more hits against the Cardinals in his three previous outings combined and he walked more batters than he struck out for the first time this season.
Travis Wood likely needed a break and he received a nice, long breather.
Travis Wood was 1-0 in three starts leading up to the break with a 2.45 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. Wood is 2-2 in seven road starts this season with a 2.91 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP and will face Arizona for the first time this year.
Travis Wood missed the D-Backs last month at Wrigley. Wood has not fared too well against Arizona in his career and is 1-3 in four starts with a 6.33 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. Wood was shelled in his only start against the D-Backs last year and is 1-2 in three career starts at Chase Field with a 6.61 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.
Based on the numbers, tonight will be a good indication of how far Wood has come this season.
Diamondbacks Career Numbers against Travis Wood
- Adam Eaton – 1-for-2 with a double
- Aaron Hill – 1-for-3 with a double
- Miguel Montero – 2-for-2 with a double
- Wil Nieves – 0-for-4
- A.J. Pollock – 1-for-2 with a double
- Cody Ross – 3-for-6
There are no two ways about it, Patrick Corbin has been lights out this season. Corbin struggled through a stretch in June and in early July that most big league pitchers would kill to have. Corbin was 1-0 in six starts in June with a 3.05 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP and is just 2-1 in his last three starts with a 3.05 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP.
Patrick Corbin is coming off back-to-back outings in which he allowed a total of two runs on 10 hits with 20 strikeouts and three walks in 14 2/3 innings.
And for as good as Corbin has been, he’s been even better at Chase Field. Corbin is a perfect 7-0 in 10 games with a 1.54 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP.
The Cubs faced Corbin at Wrigley back on June 2 and put four runs on the board on six hits in six innings. Corbin won the game due to a poor performance from Edwin Jackson.
Patrick Corbin makes his second career start against the Cubs tonight and is 1-0 with a 6.00 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP in his only other regular season outing against the Cubs.
Cubs Career Numbers against Patrick Corbin
- Darwin Barney – 2-for-3 with a double
- Julio Borbon – 1-for-4
- Starlin Castro – 0-for-3
- Dioner Navarro – 1-for-5 with a home run and a walk
- Cody Ransom – 0-for-3
- Anthony Rizzo – 0-for-2 with a walk
- Alfonso Soriano – 1-for-3 with a double
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