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I bet you’re wondering why in the H-E-double hockey sticks is Travis Wood listed as a “loser?"
Thus far in 2013, Wood has made 15 starts for the Cubs—14 of which classify as quality starts. He is 5-6 with a 2.85 ERA, 69 strikeouts, a one-dead WHIP, a batting average against of .198 and an efficient 14.8 pitches/IP.
He also has an offensive stat line of .258/.303/.484, with two home runs and seven RBI—in case you were wondering.
So, how can the Cubs’ best pitcher be included amongst the losers of the first half of the season?
Well, it has nothing to do with him or his performance. Let’s call it happenstance.
Wood has one of the lowest runs support averages in the MLB (3.33). In seven of his starts, the offense scored two runs or less in support. Three of which the lineup failed to score a single run while Wood was in the game.
On ESPN’s Sunday morning edition of Baseball Tonight, Tim Kurkjian said that if Travis Wood receives adequate run support, he can be a 20-game winner someday.
Wood is not a “loser” under the same terms as the other players in this list. Rather because his teammates let him down time and again.
If Wood received the same 4.43 runs support average Scott Feldman does, Wood would have at least three additional wins—the April 22, May 19 and June 22 bullpen losses in which Wood gave up two, three and three runs, respectively.
A more appropriate title would be "unfortunate." But this isn't "winners and unfortunates."