Game One Hundred-Six – Cubs (44-61) vs. Rockies (43-63)
- Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet Plus – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 183, 844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Travis Wood (7-9, 5.06/1.53/4.39) vs. Brett Anderson (1-3, 3.24/1.35/3.62)
The Cubs make the short turnaround following Tuesday’s marathon that ended after 1:30am Wednesday morning and will hand the ball to Travis Wood in search of a series victory over the Rockies.
Rick Renteria needs a long outing from Travis Wood tonight. The Cubs are expected to make a roster move to bring in help for a bullpen that had to cover 12 innings on Tuesday night in relief of Edwin Jackson. Carlos Villanueva, James Russell and Pedro Strop completed at least two innings Tuesday night into Wednesday morning and will not be available today. If Travis Wood runs into problems early that does not involve a high-pitch count he might just have to take one for the team.
The Cubs do not have an off-day until Monday and the team is at the beginning of a stretch of games with only one day off (August 4) until the end of August.
Rick Renteria should run out a lineup similar to Tuesday with the exception of Welington Castillo. John Baker, last night’s winning pitcher, will likely get the start after Castillo caught all 16 innings Tuesday and was obviously out of gas by the end of the night. Brett Anderson has dominated lefties this season (.207/.258/.194) while right handers have hit (.263/.333/.366) the southpaw rather well.
Tonight all starts with Travis Wood …
Travis Wood has not started the second half the way he said he wanted to and is coming off back-to-back rough outings against the Diamondbacks and Cardinals. Wood continues to struggle with his command and is not hitting his spots. Wood issued just one free pass his last time out which was his lowest walk total since May 30. Wood was charged with five runs, two earned, on seven hits with a walk and five strikeouts in five innings.
Travis Wood is 0-3 in his last five starts with a 7.11 ERA and a 2.01 WHIP. Wood has given up 37 hits and 14 walks in his last 25 1/3 innings with only 20 strikeouts. At Wrigley this year, Wood is 3-3 in 10 starts with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. Wood and the Cubs need a long, effective outing from him tonight.
Tonight marks the fourth time Travis Wood will start a game against the Rockies. Wood is 1-1 in four appearances, three starts, with a 1.80 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.
Rockies Career Numbers against Travis Wood
Brett Anderson spent a majority of the first three months of the season on the DL with a fractured left index finger. Anderson was transferred to the 60-day DL before being activated on July 13. Anderson has made three starts since coming off the disabled list and is coming off two very good outings against the Pirates.
Anderson held the Pirates to one run on four hits with a walk and eight strikeouts in seven innings back on July 19 at PNC Park. Anderson tossed 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball at Coors against the Bucs the last time out. Anderson walked four batters but surrendered only two hits and kept the Pirates off the board.
Brett Anderson is 1-1 in his last three starts with a 2.95 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP, and in three road starts this season, Anderson is 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP.
Tonight is Brett Anderson’s first career start against the Cubs. And the offense must make Anderson work or it’s going to be another frustrating night against a Rockies’ southpaw.
Nate Schierholtz (2-for-2 with a home run) is the only player on the Cubs active roster that has faced Brett Anderson in a regular season game.
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