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6/16/1977 (39 y, 8 m, 10 d)
1995 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 4, Overall: 4, Team: Chicago Cubs
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Wood struck out the only batter he faced during a brief relief appearance Friday afternoon against the White Sox. (5/18/2012)
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Year in Review:
After reinvigorating his career as a closer for the Cubs, Wood signed a two-year deal to finish games for the Indians. When the deal was inked, both the Indians and Wood believed that the team had a shot to contend in 2009, but it was soon proven to not be the case. Wood finished the year with only 20 saves after pitching 55 innings, striking out 63 batters and walking 28. He ended his 2009 season with a 3-3 record, 4.25 ERA, and 1.38 WHIP. Wood allowed seven homers in ’09, contributing to a final FIP of 4.15 and tRA of 4.14, both of which were much worse than his 2008 numbers.
The Year Ahead:
With the Indians no longer looking like contenders in the American League Central, Wood’s chances for saves will continue to stay low. In most years, this wouldn’t bother Wood owners because of a nice strikeout rate and WHIP, but his K/BB being cut in half from 2008 to 2009 hurt his owners. A 1.38 WHIP is not acceptable from your closer, but expect this to drop in 2010. A drop in ERA is crucial if Wood wants to regain some of his lost fantasy value. There is nothing wrong with owning a closer on a bad team if he will lower your ERA and provide strikeouts, but it is difficult to own a closer on a bad team who will hurt your ERA. While Wood is a nice addition to fantasy teams with a top-tier closer, he isn’t worthy of being you first or only closer off the board. (Zach Sanders)
Very rarely do we see a player take less money to join a team, but that's exactly what Wood did when he spurned the White Sox and Yankees (and probably others) to take a sweetheart deal with the team that originally drafted him, the Cubs. Carlos Marmol has the team's closer job locked down, so Wood will step in as his primary setup man. His fantasy value is tied to his strikeout rate now, which was still sky-high at 9.59 K/9 in 2010. The only time Kerry has dipped below a strikeout per inning in a season is when he's been hurt, which unfortunately is still far too often (two more disabled-list trips in 2010). There's definitely potential to vulture some wins here, which is more likely to happen than vulturing saves. Wood is very risky because of the injuries, and the lack of save opportunities drags hurts his fantasy value in traditional scoring leagues. (Mike Axisa)
The Quick Opinion:
Always an injury wisk, Wood's fantasy value takes a hit now that save opportunities won't be coming his way. Strikeouts will be the only thing he has to offer in traditional scoring leagues.
Wood's return to Chicago as the seventh inning guy in front of Sean Marshall and Carlos Marmol went about as well as one could reasonably expect. The 34-year-old appeared in 55 games, recorded a 3.35 ERA, and once again posted an excellent strikeout rate, topping 10 strikeouts per nine innings for the third time in four seasons. He doesn't have the durability for teams to count on him in big roles -- he is Kerry Wood, after all -- but he should be counted on for his typical high strikeout, high walk effective relief again in 2012. And if the team finally moves Carlos Marmol, he could be in the mix for saves. (Jack Moore)
The Quick Opinion:
Wood continues to be a solid -- if flawed – reliever, posting another ERA in the low-3.00s, this time back in Chicago. That earned him a return engagement, and if the team could ever jettison Carlos Marmol, perhaps a shot at saves.
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