The Wood, the Bad, and the Ugly

Written by on May 17, 2012 in Chicago Cubs - No comments

The Wood, the Bad, and the Ugly

by Rob Harris

I’ve had this card of Kerry Wood sitting in my pile of future posts for some time. I love the Sergio Leone look of the card, with the scowling, squinting pitcher against a clouded blue sky. I can almost hear the theme to The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly when I look at it. It makes me glad that I never had to stand in against him in a batter’s box.

But Kerry Wood’s performance this year hasn’t been good, and it hasn’t been bad, but it has been downright ugly. He’s pitched in just six games so far, and only one of these appearances was the kind of three-up, three-down inning that he’s being paid to pitch. The Cubs are in a pretty good stretch recently, showing signs of life that every Cubs fan wants to see.

But Kerry Wood was on the disabled list for some of this, and in his last outing he gave away a game to the Braves in Wrigley Field. BTW, the Cubs and the Braves are the only original National League franchises that have played continuously since 1876. You can bring that up in conversation, sometime.

My point is that, with several poor outings and one trip to the DL already under his belt this season, Wood has little, if any, trade value. He still needs to prove that he can get the job done as a setup man.

By now, his 20 strikeout game and his domination down the stretch of the 2003 season are long, long gone. And we may never again see the Kerry Wood of old, Cubs fans.

“Sorry, Shorty.”

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