Chicago Cubs: 2013 MLB All-Star Game
July, 4, 2013
By Joe Stiglich | Special to ESPNChicago.com
Thearon W. Henderson/Getty ImagesTravis Wood pitched six shutout innings against the A's on Thursday to lower his ERA to 2.69.OAKLAND, Calif. -- Travis Wood’s great work on the mound often has gone unrewarded this season.
That was the case again Thursday, as the Chicago Cubs’ left-hander was denied a victory after the offense went scoreless against the Oakland Athletics.
If Cubs manager Dale Sveum gets his way, however, Wood will be rewarded with an All-Star berth. Sveum identified the unheralded lefty as his team’s clear-cut deserving choice to play in the Midsummer Classic.
All-Star pitchers and reserves will be announced Saturday. Players and coaches’ votes account for some of the selections, while the marquee contest’s National League manager, Bruce Bochy of the San Francisco Giants, will make a handful of choices.
“He’s been our All-Star, no question about it,” Sveum said. “He’s had some very unfortunate incidents, or his earned run average could be quite a bit better than it is.
“Sometimes a guy like Travis Wood might get overlooked, but he’s definitely been our All-Star.”