Game Eighty-Three: Cubs (36-46) vs. Athletics (49-36)
- Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 180/844
- Location – O.com Coliseum, Oakland
Travis Wood (5-6, 2.85/1.00) vs. Dan Straily (4-2, 5.00/1.22)
Happy 4th of July from the CCO!
The Cubs wrap up the nine-game road trip with the last of three in Oakland. The Cubs are 5-3 over the first eight games of the trip and with a win today behind Travis Wood, the Cubs would post their fourth straight series victory and get within single digits of .500.
Today also ends a stretch of 16 of 19 games away from Wrigley Field. The Cubs open a nine-game homestand on Friday against the Bucs that includes a trip to the South Side on Monday for a makeup against the Sox.
The Cubs have been playing better ball of late and are scoring runs. Alfonso Soriano has gotten hot since back-to-back off days in Milwaukee. Soriano went 1-for-4 with a RBI on Wednesday and is 9-for-22 with three doubles, three home runs and nine RBI over his last five games.
Travis Wood was scheduled to face Jarrod Parker this afternoon in the battle of quality outing starters. But the A’s had to push Parker back to Saturday due to tightness in his right hamstring and called up Dan Straily to face the Cubs this afternoon.
Today it all starts with Travis Wood …
Travis Wood is coming off another quality start and his second straight no decision thanks to the bullpen. Wood held the Mariners to two runs on three hits with three walks and six strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. Wood turned the game over to the pen with a two-run lead but the outfielders misplayed two balls, the pen gave up the lead and the Cubs lost the game in 10 innings.
Wood had a very good month. While many will focus on the fact he has not won a game since May, Wood more than did his job and put his team into position to win each game. Wood is 0-3 in his last five starts with a 3.06 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP. Wood held teams to a .195 average while allowing less hits (23) than innings pitched (32 1/3) with a better than 3:1 strikeout to walk ratio (25 strikeouts, eight walks).
Travis Wood has made 16 starts this season and in 15 of those outings, Wood has not allowed more than three earned runs while complete at least six innings … for those scoring at home, that is 15 quality starts in 16 tries.
Travis Wood is 2-2 in six starts outside of Wrigley Field this season with a 3.38 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP, and he will make his first start against the Athletics this afternoon.
Jed Lowrie (1-for-10 with a double and two walks), Seth Smith (0-for-1) and Chris Young (3-for-9 with a double) are the only three players on Oakland’s active roster that have faced Travis Wood in a regular season game.
Dan Straily was optioned down to Triple-A following his start against the Mariners on June 22. Straily was recalled from Sacramento to take the spot of the injured Jarrod Parker. Straily lasted just 3 1/3 innings and gave up two runs on six hits in Seattle with three walks and five strikeouts. Straily was 1-0 in five starts in June prior to the demotion with a 4.88 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. Straily is 2-1 in five home starts this season with a 4.55 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.
Dan Straily makes his first career appearance against the Cubs this afternoon … and no one on the Cubs’ roster has faced Straily outside of the Cactus League.
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