Game Eighty-Three – Cubs (36-46) vs. Red Sox (38-46)
- Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: WCIU, ESPN Wednesday Night Baseball – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 179, 844
- Location – Fenway Park, Boston
Travis Wood (7-6, 4.52/1.40/4.09) vs. Brandon Workman (1-1, 3.27/1.06/3.85)
The Cubs will shoot for the series sweep in Boston tonight behind Travis Wood. The Cubs have won three straight series on the road for the first time since 2010 with taking the first two games at Fenway Park. The Cubs pitching staff has held the Red Sox to one run over 18 innings while the Cubs have managed only four runs of its own.
Travis Wood has struggled outside of Wrigley Field this season and will face a big challenge tonight in the Red Sox. The Sox are 14-14 in games started by left handers this season and the Cubs will have to deal with the ball of energy that is Jonny Gomes.
If the Cubs have a lead in the ninth inning, it will be interesting to see if Rick Renteria hands the ball to Neil Ramirez or Pedro Strop. Hector Rondon has pitched two days in a row and should not be available tonight, even with Thursday being an off-day for the team.
Rick Renteria should load his lineup with as many lefties as possible tonight. Brandon Workman is having a good season but lefties (.215/.267/.333) have hit Workman better this season than right handers (.182/.281/.215).
The last game in Boston all starts with Travis Wood …
Travis Wood kept his team in the game against the Nationals and allowed three runs on seven hits despite walking five batters. Wood struck out four for the second start in a row and for the second straight outing, Wood had issues with his command. Wood rebounded from a not-so-good May and was solid in June. Wood was 2-1 in five starts with a 3.19 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP. Wood gave up less hits than innings pitched for the first time this season while the amount of free passes he continues to hand out remains an issue. Wood walked 18 batters in 31 innings with only 19 strikeouts.
Travis Wood has really struggled on the road this year. Wood is 4-4 in eight starts with a 6.07 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP. In 46 innings outside of Wrigley, Wood has given up 56 hits with 19 walks and only 27 strikeouts. Wood faces the Red Sox for the first time in his career tonight.
Stephen Drew (1-for-4 with a double and two walks), Brock Holt (1-for-5), Jonathan Herrera (0-for-3) and A.J. Pierzynski (0-for-3) are the only four players on the Red Sox roster that have faced Travis Wood in a regular season big league ballgame.
Brandon Workman makes his seventh start of the season tonight. Workman is coming off a loss at Yankee Stadium in which he allowed four runs on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts in seven innings. Workman is 1-1 in his last four starts with a 3.28 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP. And he has been very good in four games at Fenway Park this year. Workman does not have a record in four games, two starts, but has allowed only five runs on 12 hits with five walks and 17 strikeouts (2.65 ERA, 1.00 WHIP).
The Cubs will get their first look at Brandon Workman tonight in his 10th big league start and no one on the Cubs active roster has faced Workman in a regular season big league game.
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