After briefly getting the hopes up of some Cubs fans the Cubs have lost 9 of 11 and 7 in a row. They're shooting for number 8 tonight as Travis Wood makes his 2nd start of the season. The Cubs will be facing JA Happ. Here's what Berselius said about tonight's game:
Tuesday: Travis Wood, LHP (4.50, 5.30, 4.28, 4.02) vs J. A. Happ, LHP (4.96, 4.60, 3.91, 4.57), 7:05 PM CT
Wood was penciled into the rotation by most people after being picked up in the Sean Marshall deal, but following the Transformation of Jeff Samardzija and a truly terrible spring, he found himself in Iowa instead. ERA-wise he's been pretty pedestrian there (4.57) but his peripherals (3.76 FIP, 3+ K/BB) suggest that he figured something out, hopefully. His .358 BABIP could explain that ERA-FIP split. He made one fill-in start earlier this month when Matt Garza skipped a turn due to a nasty flu bug and turned in a solidly adequate start against the Dodgers (6 IP, 3 R), though three runs is often an insurmountable lead for this offense.
Happ was acquired from the Phillies for Roy Oswalt in one of many facepalm-worthy Ed Lynch moves during his tenure as GM. Happ put up great ERAs in his time with thie Phillies, while posting merely meh FIPs. In his three seasons with the Phillies, mostly as a starter, he posted BABIPs of .266, .262, and .250, while it regressed back up to .300 not long after he joined the Astros. He's got a pretty good strikeout rate for a lefty starter but he can't find the plate worth a damn.
The Cubs hit lefties pretty well so I'm thinking they win tonight.