Travis Wood may have sealed the deal in the All Star game after yesterday’s excellent performance against the Oakland Athletics. Even though the Cubs lost 1-0, Travis Wood proved he can play with the best gaining 16 quality starts this season.
“Today I didn’t give up a run,” he said. “But other starts, I’ve had ’em right there and they get the big hit. Against Houston three starts ago they got the three-run homer there to tie up the ballgame, and that can’t happen. I’ve just got to find a way to step it up a little more.”
Aw Shucks, the famous Travis Wood humility again. They’ll be posting the lineups tomorrow for the All Star game and I really hope Travis Wood and Nate Schierholtz get nods. They’ve played so well in a tough season for the Cubs.
“He’s been our All-Star, no question about it,” Dale Sveum said of Wood. “He’s had some very unfortunate incidents and his earned run average would be quite a bit better than it is without some unfortunate, strange occurrences.”
The Cubs may have won the ball game except an odd run by Starlin Castro, who is quickly falling out of step with me and I think many Cubs fans after trying to run for home with one out in the fourth inning. Oakland Ace Left Fielder Yoenis Cespedes fired a rocket and Castro was out at home. I don’t know why he didn’t stay at third. just in case you’re reading this Starlin, “Stay at third.”
“I thought I was going to be safe easy,” Castro said. “I was running hard right away.”
As God is my witness, I thought Turkeys can fly.
The Cubs face the mighty Pittsburgh Pirates today. Jeff “The Shark” Samardzija is hoping for a blockbuster performance. Game time is 4:05 eastern.