The Chicago Cubs will have one representative on the National League All-Star team.
On Saturday, it was announced that Cubs’ starting pitcher Travis Wood has been selected to the National League All-Star team.
Wood certainly would not have been the prediction for the Cubs’ All-Star representative when the season began. Before the season, it appeared that either Starlin Castro or Anthony Rizzo would have that distinction. While Castro and Rizzo have struggled this season, Wood was worthy of the All-Star selection regardless of how any of his teammates performed.
Throughout the first half of the Major League Baseball season, Wood has been one of the best pitchers in the National League.
Wood is 5-6 with the Cubs this season to go along with an ERA of 2.69 and a WHIP of 0.98. One of the reasons for Wood’s success this season is the fact that the pitcher has a HR/9 ratio of 0.65. In addition, Wood has a BB/9 ratio of 2.69.
This season figured to be an important season for Wood. Wood entered the season with it being unclear whether or not the starting pitcher is a part of the Cubs’ long-term future.
Wood is under team control through the 2016 season and it appears that the Cubs’ could be interested in signing the starting pitcher to a long-term extension in order to eliminate the three arbitration years that Wood is eligible for in 2014, 2015, and 2016.
Wood is scheduled to pitch on the Sunday before the All-Star break for the Cubs. If that is the case, Wood would be ineligible to pitch during the All-Star game. The Cubs may alter the starting rotation in order to accommodate Wood.
This is Wood’s first selection to the All-Star game.