travis wood beardThis year, Travis Wood is hitting¬†.293/.326/.537 with three homers. We need to contextualize how good that is …

  • His .863 OPS leads all Cubs regulars (Nate Schierholtz is at .850). Dioner Navarro would have him beat at .881, and so would Ryan Sweeney at .868.
  • His three homers are good for 10th on the team, tied with Welington Castillo.
  • Carlos Zambrano only once matched the 130 OPS+ that Travis Wood sports this year.
  • If he qualified, he’d have the 10th(!!!) best slugging percentage in baseball.
  • His wOBA would be 20th, tied with Andrew McCutchen. His OPS would also be 20th, tied with Evan Longoria.
  • In just 44 plate appearances, he’s accumulated 0.8 offensive WAR. For reference, the similarly-wOBA’d Andrew McCutchen has been worth 4.5 offensive WAR in his 434 plate appearances.
  • If we ignored the pitching value Wood has provided this year, and compared Wood’s 0.8 offensive WAR, alone, to the total value of various positional players, Wood has been as valuable this year as Prince Fielder (0.8 total WAR), and more valuable than Albert Pujols (0.7), ¬†Raul Ibanez (0.6), Josh Hamilton (0.5), Justin Morneau (0.5), David Freese (0.4), and Starlin Castro (-0.2), to name but a handful.


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