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…