Closing Time: Lights Out for Wood

With all the hubub over Kerry Wood being the Cubs closer this year, it merits notice that the guy has been outstanding so far. For example, he’s worked 6 of the last 8 games saving all of them. In fact, Wood has given up just 2 runs (both earned) since May 2nd – that’s 19 appearances, 20 1/3 innings pitched, 26 strikeouts, 5 walks, earning 13 saves.

Kerry Wood leads the National League in saves with 17. He has been lights out; absolutely what was hoped for in anointing him Closer. Not much is being said about him lately and maybe that’s a good thing. But he deserves his due. Carlos Marmol gets a lot of fuss and is the heir-apparent for years to come (Mariano Rivera comparisons aside). But Woody has gotten it done in a workmanlike way so far this year. And he’s healthy too! …knock on Wood. (add John Smoltz to the PTGHEY – Players That Get Hurt Every Year list I wrote about here.)

Kerry Wood delivers

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    June 6, 2008   Posted in: observations, players, stats

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