7/6 Wood named to All-Star team
Travis Wood’s quality effort was rewarded on Saturday when the Cubs left-handed pitcher was named to his first All-Star Game. Wood will be the Cubs’ sole representative at the July 16 game, to be played at Citi Field, it was announced Saturday on the MLB All-Star Selection Show presented by Taco Bell.
Wood, 26, has gone from battling for a spot in the rotation to ranking among the Major League leaders in quality starts with 16, and being among the tops in the National League in ERA and batting average against. He just doesn’t have the wins to show for it. In his last six starts, Wood is 0-3 with a 2.58 ERA.
“It’s really remarkable when you think about where his command is now compared to 15 months ago — it’s night and day,” said Theo Epstein, Cubs president of baseball operations. “He deserves a ton of credit.”
Last year, shortstop Starlin Castro and first baseman/outfielder Bryan LaHair were the Cubs’ All-Star representatives. The last time a Cubs starting pitcher was named to the All-Star game was 2009 when lefty Ted Lilly was selected.
– Carrie Muskat