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6/26 Cubs lineup

Travis Wood gets the start Thursday as the Cubs open a quick three-day, four-game series against the Nationals. The two teams will play a day-night doubleheader on Saturday. Here’s Thursday’s lineup:

Sweeney LF
Ruggiano RF
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Castillo C
Lake CF
Barney 2B
T. Wood P

* At 32-44, the Cubs have the same record through 76 games as they did last season at this point.

* Here are the pitching matchups for this series:

Thursday: LHP Travis Wood (7-6, 4.55) vs. RHP Doug Fister (6-5, 3.24)
Friday: RHP Jason Hammel (6-5, 2.99) vs. RHP Tanner Roark (6-5, 3.24)
Saturday (day): RHP Dallas Beeler (M.L. Debut) vs. LHP Gio Gonzalez (6-5, 3.24)
Saturday: (night): RHP Jeff Samardzija (2-6, 2.53) vs. TBD

* In case you forgot, the Cubs scheduled the day-night doubleheader at the request of 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney because of the Pride Parade scheduled for Sunday in the neighborhood. The change was announced in February.

6/21 Cubs lineup

Travis Wood takes the mound Saturday night for the Cubs in the second game of their three-game series against the Pirates. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF
Ruggiano RF
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Lake CF
Barney 2B
Whiteside C
T. Wood P

6/17 Recap: Cubs 5, Marlins 4, 13 innings

Travis Wood picked up a win two days in a row, first as the starting pitcher, and on Monday night as a pinch-hitter. Wood delivered a pinch-hit RBI double with two outs in the 13th inning to lift the Cubs to a 5-4 victory over the Marlins. With the game tied at 4 in the 13th, Jacob Turner retired the first two Cubs batters. But Junior Lake singled and Wood delivered a double to left for his ninth RBI of the season, a career high. Wood was 0-for-3 this season as a pinch-hitter entering the game, but he has hit two home runs. Wood, who now has two career game-winning RBIs, went to the plate hacking.

“You’ve got to — there were two outs and we’re in the 13th,” Wood said.

* Starter Jason Hammel struck out a season-high nine batters, giving up four runs on eight hits over six innings.

* Starlin Castro hit his 10th home run in the sixth, and is tied for the team lead with 38 RBIs.

* Luis Valbuena has five multi-hit games in his last seven games, and is batting .423 in that stretch.

* The Cubs are 3-6 in extra inning games.

– Carrie Muskat

6/10 Cubs lineup

Travis Wood gets the start Tuesday for the Cubs against the Pirates. Wood has a 1.91 ERA (6 ER/28 1/3 IP) in six games, including five starts, at PNC Park. He’s recorded quality starts in four of five starts at the ballpark. The lefty has a 2.58 ERA (11 ER/38 1/31 IP) in six home starts compared to an 8.04 ERA (28 ER/31 1/3 IP) in six road games.

Wood has 44 quality starts as a Cub, which is tied for 10th-most among Cubs lefties since 1914 with Percy Jones. Lefty Tyler is ninth with 45 quality starts.

Here’s the lineup:

Bonifacio CF
Lake LF
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Ruggiano RF
Olt 3B
Barney 2B
Whiteside C
T. Wood P

The Cubs are 10-22 on the road, 15-14 at Wrigley Field. Why? Here are some road vs. home numbers:

Road batting average:
Valbuena .268
Castro .268
Schierholtz .255
Bonifacio .252
Rizzo .230
Lake .229

Home batting average
Rizzo .327
Bonifacio .288
Castro .286
Schierholtz .182

– Carrie Muskat

5/30 Cubs lineup

Anthony Rizzo, who is 1-for-21 lifetime vs. Marco Estrada, is not starting Friday for the Cubs as they open a three-game series at Miller Park against the Brewers. Rizzo has started the Cubs’ previous 51 games at first. Travis Wood gets the start and is looking to become the fourth Cubs pitcher to win five games in May in the last 20 seasons, joining Sean Marshall and Carlos Silva, who both did so in 2010, and Kevin Foster, who won five in 1997.

Here’s the lineup:

Bonifacio 2B
Lake CF
Valbuena 3B
Castro SS
Ruggiano LF
Castillo C
Schierholtz RF
Olt 1B
T. Wood P

5/21 Looking ahead: Cubs vs. Padres

After Wednesday’s game, the Cubs head west to play a four-game series against the Padres. Here are the pitching matchups:

Thursday: RHP Jake Arrieta (0-0, 2.70) vs. LHP Eric Stults (2-4, 4.50)
Friday: RHP Edwin Jackson (3-3, 3.98) vs. LHP Robbie Erlin (3-4, 4.53)
Saturday: LHP Travis Wood (4-4, 4.61) vs. TBD
Sunday: RHP Jason Hammel (5-2, 2.91) vs. RHP Ian Kennedy (2-6, 3.79)

5/18 Cubs 4, Brewers 2

Travis Wood settled down after a shaky first inning, rookie Mike Olt continued his hot home run pace, and Hector Rondon picked up his fifth save in as many chances to help the Cubs make a statement Sunday. Welington Castillo belted a two-run home run and Olt added his team-leading ninth blast to back Wood and lift the Cubs to a 4-2 victory over the first-place Brewers.

“We were able to come through with big two-out hits,” Olt said. “That’s how you win ballgames.”

That, and having Wood recover from a first inning in which he walked the bases loaded with two outs. The lefty scattered two hits over seven innings to improve to 3-1 in five home starts with a 2.43 ERA. He’s now served up nine earned runs over 33 1/3 innings at Wrigley. The lefty is 1-3 with an 8.02 ERA in four road outings.

Wood walked the bases loaded in the first, then got Khris Davis to hit into a fielder’s choice to end the inning.

“It was a struggle in the first,” wood said. “We weren’t missing bad, but we were missing. It was a minor adjustment that we had to make.”

The trouble was that he was flying open in his mechanics, and once corrected, he shut down the Brewers. The lefty retired the next 10 batters he faced before Logan Schafer doubled with one out in the fifth. One out later, Rickie Weeks launched a 2-0 pitch from Wood over the bleachers in left-center field for his second home run.

“He didn’t make any mistakes really,” Weeks said of Wood. “The one mistake he made, I hit the ball out. Other than that, the cutter in, he was spotting it dead on under the hands. He was painting that little sinker away. You can’t do too much about that when a pitcher is going like that.”

The Cubs had the lead before Weeks’ blast, going ahead 2-0 in the second when Luis Valbuena walked to set up Castillo’s fifth home run, which landed in the first row of the left-field bleachers.

With two outs in the third, Starlin Castro and Valbuena hit back-to-back doubles to open a 3-0 lead. It’s an encouraging sign for the Cubs, who entered the game batting .190 with runners in scoring position and two outs. Olt made it 4-0 with a leadoff homer in the fourth, his ninth, which leads the team and all National League rookies.

Olt is the first Cubs rookie to hit nine home runs before June 1 since Geovany Soto did so in 2008. Soto won the NL Rookie of the Year that season.

“I’ve just gotten some good pitches to hit,” Olt said. “As long as I’m doing that, I’m happy. The home runs come in bunches. Hopefully, I can keep it going.”

Rondon survived a scare in the ninth, too. He gave up a double to Ryan Braun, but locked down his fifth save in as many opportunities.

“Like I’ve said, I’ll be ready for any situation,” Rondon said. “If they want to put me the second inning, third inning, whatever situation, I’ll take it.”

– Carrie Muskat

5/18 Cubs lineup

Travis Wood takes the mound Sunday in the Cubs’ series finale against the Brewers. A win today would give the Cubs their second series victory this season, and the first since taking two-of-three vs. the Cardinals, May 2-4. Wood has a 2-1 record and a 2.39 ERA (7 ER/26 1/3 IP) in four home starts compared to a
1-3 mark with an 8.02 ERA (19 ER/21 1/3 IP) in four road starts. Here’s the lineup:

Bonifacio CF
Lake LF
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Valbuena 2B
Castillo C
Olt 3B
Kalish RF
T. Wood P

5/12 Cubs lineup

Travis Wood gets the start on Monday as the Cubs open a four-game series against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Here’s the lineup:

Bonifacio CF
Lake LF
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Olt 3B
Castillo C
Schierholtz RF
Barney 2B
T. Wood P

5/7 Extra bases – Part II

* The Cubs placed reliever Pedro Strop on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a moderate left groin strain and recalled lefty Zac Rosscup from Triple-A Iowa. Strop was pulled from Tuesday’s game after facing five batters. He apparently injured his leg a few days ago while working out, but said he was ready to pitch. Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Strop was available.

“I didn’t think [his leg] was an issue, quite frankly,” manager Rick Renteria said. “He’d been working and did fine in his flat ground. All indications were that he was fine.”

* Mike Olt is trying to relax, and maybe being the designated hitter for one game will help. The third baseman was the DH Wednesday. He is 2-for-23 in his last nine games. Renteria has opted to platoon Olt with left-handed hitting Luis Valbuena at third base, so not playing every day has been new.

“It’s hard — you could be struggling a little bit and tend to put a little more pressure on yourself and that’s what’s been going on with me right now,” Olt said. “I’ve had some talks with guys on the team and coaches and am going to go back to being relaxed. There’s no excuse to say, ‘Hey, I’m not playing, this is why I’m struggling.’ It’s more me putting too much pressure on myself. I’m going to go back to having fun.”

He’s not worried about his hitting.

“I’ve been through way worse slumps than this,” he said.

* Maybe the Cubs should’ve let Travis Wood bat for himself?

“Everyone talks about it,” Renteria said. “Obviously, because he hit the grand slam against them before and because he swings the bat well, it’s an
outside thought but you wouldn’t do that.”

– Carrie Muskat

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