Wood has allowed zero runs and four hits over his last 8.1 innings of work. It's the first time this season the 30-year-old has gone more than two consecutive appearances without giving up a run. There's still plenty of work to do as Wood has a 6.51 ERA and 1.84 WHIP for the season, but his work in June is certainly a step in the right direction. Wood has already allowed the same number of earned runs (20) as he did with the Cubs last season, despite having pitched 33.1 fewer innings.
Wood owns a career-worst 9.17 ERA and 2.32 WHIP through 17 games this season. It's been a rough go for the first-year Royal, who owns a disturbing 14:15 K:BB through 17.2 innings. Last season with the Cubs, Wood held a bit of fantasy value in the deepest of leagues, but the same cannot be said for the 30-year-old in 2017.
Royals manager Ned Yost said Wednesday that Wood is an option to start Sunday against the Orioles, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports. Yost will have to fill the gap left by Ian Kennedy (hamstring) for at least one more turn through the rotation. The first chance went to veteran right-hander Chris Young, and the manager said he was "leaning" toward going that same route this weekend. However, Young lasted just three innings in an unimpressive effort Tuesday, so Wood could get the call. The 30-year-old Wood hasn't started a game since late in the 2015 season as a member of the Cubs. If the left-hander does in fact get the ball, owners would be wise to avoid Wood considering his 11.91 ERA and 2.38 WHIP over 12 appearances this season.
Wood allowed three runs -- two earned -- on four hits and a walk while striking out just one batter through two innings during Thursday's loss to the White Sox. Now sporting a 14.04 ERA and 2.76 WHIP over 8.1 innings, Wood's pitched himself off the fantasy grid. The crafty lefty will probably right the ship if given the opportunity, but his smoke-and-mirrors pitch arsenal might not be a good fit out of the bullpen. He's posted a 4.81 FIP as a reliever the past two seasons, after all.
Wood (0-1) was tagged with the loss Thursday after surrendering a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 13th inning against the Rangers. Coming off a career-best campaign in 2016 with the Cubs, his first season as a full-time reliever, Wood has struggled mightily in the early going in 2017. Through seven appearances and 4.2 innings, the left-hander has forfeited seven earned runs on six hits and six walks for a 13.50 ERA and 2.57 WHIP.
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