• Kerry Wood

    Posted by on August 27th, 2010 · Comments (4)

    Some scoop behind Wood’s success with the Yanks, via George King

    When Kerry Wood was acquired from the Indians at the July 31 trade deadline, it was believed he was going to provide a bullpen upgrade over a struggling Chan Ho Park , who was released to make room for Wood.

    Now, however, the veteran righty has developed into a trusted late-inning arm partially due to work with pitching coach Dave Eiland , who had Wood raise his arm angle to add more depth to his breaking ball and a better angle for his fastball.

    In 10 games with the Yankees, Wood is 1-0 with a 0.77 ERA. The former Cubs ace has 15 strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings and has surrendered nine hits. Seven walks and a hit batter are a sign his command could be better.

    “A month before he had the blister problem [that cost him close to three weeks in July] he was throwing well,” Cashman said. “Our scouts said to keep an eye on him.”

    I have been amazed at how well Wood has thrown since coming to the Yankees. And, if it’s because of Eiland, then major props to him. But, let’s not forget – it’s only been 10 games here. Also, to be candid, I just have this feeling that Wood is going to do something in the post-season to haunt the Yankees. Impossible? Just ask a Cubs fan about it…

    Comments on Kerry Wood

    1. Corey Italiano
      August 27th, 2010 | 10:57 am

      I don’t like him…he walks way too many guys and when the opponent makes contact, the balls usually hit hard.

    2. clintfsu813
      August 27th, 2010 | 11:16 am

      Speaking of once injured pitchers. Next time someone complains about the Jonah rules or Phil rules give them the name Stephen Strasburg. Poor guy.

    3. Raf
      August 27th, 2010 | 11:37 am

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      I have been amazed at how well Wood has thrown since coming to the Yankees.

      I’m not; Wood has a good arm, and pretty good stuff. I can’t be surprised when he runs off a streak like this.

    4. 77yankees
      August 27th, 2010 | 6:39 pm

      He’s been much better than expected so far.

      As far as 2003, it never should have gotten to Game 7 after the Cubs total meltdown following the Steve Bartman play – the biggest team self-destruction I’d ever seen…….

      Yes, even worse than 2004.

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