Enjoying plenty of early season success, Travis Wood has been as
reliable as could be for the Chicago Cubs.
The same can’t be said for the New York Mets’ Dillon Gee, who
hasn’t been able to get it together.
Looking to win a third consecutive start, Wood takes the mound
opposite Gee as the Cubs and Mets conclude a three-game set Sunday
at Wrigley Field.
Among the major league leaders with a .175 opponent batting
average, Wood (4-2, 2.03 ERA) has allowed three or fewer runs and
gone at least six innings in all eight of his outings. He’s already
two victories away from matching his total from all of last
“He’s doing a lot of this without secondary pitches,” manager
Dale Sveum told MLB’s official website. “It’s not like he’s
throwing a lot of curveballs or changeups. He’s mixing in those
pitches and using them when he has to against people who are
vulnerable, and able to use both sides of the plate and be
After allowing one run and six hits over 6 2-3 innings during a
2-1 win over St. Louis on May 7, Wood scattered two hits over seven
scoreless frames in Monday’s 9-1 victory over Colorado.
“Tomorrow’s a new day. You’ve got to get after it and put my
work in,” said Wood, who went 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA against the Mets
last season. “If I feel like I need to work on something, work on
it and take the ball that fifth day and hopefully be able to keep
Having recorded one quality start in eight tries, Gee (2-5,
6.13) is just hoping to get on track. The right-hander’s woes
continued Tuesday in a 10-4 loss at St. Louis, surrendering six
runs, nine hits and three walks over four innings.
“I don’t know what’s going on,” said Gee, who induced 12 ground
balls. “I don’t even know what to say, really. I didn’t feel all
that bad tonight. I’m a ground-ball guy, and I think seven
ground-ball hits got through. I don’t know what else to do.”
Gee’s 11.34 road ERA is by far the highest mark among NL
pitchers with at least four road starts. He had gone 1-1 with a
6.55 ERA versus Chicago (18-24) before allowing one run over eight
innings in a 3-1 victory July 7.
Gee will try to slow down a Cubs team that’s won five of seven
while hitting .368 with runners in scoring position. Chicago went 4
for 9 in such situations Saturday, and Nate Schierholtz and Anthony
Rizzo both went deep in the 8-2 victory.
“Whenever you get an opportunity to get runs, you gotta seize
those opportunities,” said Rizzo, batting .390 with four homers and
16 RBIs in the last 21 games.
Rizzo is 12 for 29 with two long balls in seven games against
the Mets (16-24).
After taking Friday’s series opener, New York lost for the
seventh time in nine games. The Mets are hitting .223 and have
posted a 5.96 ERA during that stretch.
“If you get down and you let this get to you, you’re going to
lose 10 in a row,” manager Terry Collins said. “You’ve got to stay
Ike Davis is mired in a 1-for-30 slump and Ruben Tejada is one
for his last 25. Lucas Duda has also struggled, going 7 for 50 this
While some of his teammates look lost at he plate, second
baseman Daniel Murphy has gone 14 for 28 with one homer and five
doubles during a seven-game hitting streak.