Long time Chicago Cub, Travis Wood, will make his first start since 2015 on Sunday. Wood who spent time with the Cubs from 2012 to 2016, stayed on just long enough to cash in on a World Series in Chicago. Wood appeared in 77 games in 2016, but not one in a starting role. It worked out decently for Wood, who posted a 2.95 ERA to give the Cubs a solid arm out of the bullpen.
He had nine straight in 2015, but didn’t fair so well due to injuries and other issues. So, the last time Wood has been a starter in a full-time capacity was in 2014. We’ll see what Wood can churn out on Sunday. If he has a quality start, look for him to get more opportunities a starter in the future.
The Royals are hoping to get something out of him and help them get back to the postseason. As a member of the Royals, Wood has played with two World Series teams in the last couple years. It’s a long shot, but we’ll see if he can make it another championship, this time with the Royals in K.C. The Royals are currently behind the Indians by 2.5 games. They’ve catapulted up the standings, and had the best record in the AL Central in the month of June.
The Twins will counter with Hector Santiago, a guy who has been a rather disappointment in Minnesota. While the Twins have been exceeding expectations, Santiago hasn’t been much of a reason for it. Coming over from the Angels in-season last year, the Twins were looking to get something out of Santiago. It didn’t go so well, but he worked as a rotation stuffer I suppose. Get our free Twins vs. Royals pick below.
Minnesota Twins vs. K.C. Royals Pick
Hector Santiago (4-7, 5.37 ERA) vs. Travis Wood (1-2, 6.28 ERA)
The Twins are doing their best to hang around in the AL Central, but after hanging on to the lead for the majority of the season, the Twins are 2.5 back of the Indians. As it is, somebody is going to fall back to 3rd in the division after this matchup today. Santiago has been getting hit with ease lately. He enters with an ERA of 10.97 in his last three outings. In his last four, he’s lasted just an average of 2.8 innings. The Twins haven’t been shy about pulling the plug on him.
In just 11.2 innings pitched, Santiago allowed 15 runs. He’s also been getting bombed on the road, with a 6.75 ERA and 1.62 WHIP. Santiago lasted just 5 innings in his last start against the Royals, allowing 8 hits and 3 runs. He shouldn’t do much better on the road this time around.
Travis Wood has been coming out of the bullpen with the Royals in 2017. Thus far, he has posted an ERA of 6.28 and 1.81 WHIP. He hasn’t gone more than 3 innings this season, so it’s going to be interesting to see how his arm responds to the extra work load. I expect him to have some troubles. The OVER looks like a fine selection for our Twins vs. Royals pick on Sunday.
PICK: OVER 10 (-110)