Tsuyoshi Wada made his first big league start of the 2015 yesterday and he may just be what the Chicago Cubs’ need to get the back end of their rotation on track. Wada, who struck out nine in 4.2 innings of work, will pitch out of Travis Wood’s spot in the rotation going forward and, if he can reproduce the success he had last summer, he could help the Cubs challenge the St. Louis Cardinals for the division lead sooner rather than later.
(Stats per baseball-reference.com)
Wada, 34, did not begin the 2015 season on the Cubs’ Major League roster because of injury but now that he is back with the big club the Cubs are hoping for good things.
The Cubs are hoping that Wada’s ability to pound the strike zone will help them stay in, and win more ball games, something that Travis Wood has struggled to do since 2013. Last year Wood was plagued by walks, ranking among the league’s worst in that category (allowing 3.9/9IP) and this year it has been leaving the ball up in the zone (Wood has allowed 2.1 HR/9IP this season).Read more... Join the Conversation...