Kerry Wood among the best
Chicago Cubs starter Kerry Wood did not get the no-hitter yesterday, but he continued a run that is establishing him as one of the top starters of the game for this season and beyond.
Wood struck out 12 in seven shutout innings, giving him 266 strikeouts to go with a 14-11 record and a 3.20 ERA. Wood’s inconsistency still keeps his ERA and WHIP a bit high, but he has the stuff to throw a no-no every time out and is a lock to go over 250 strikeouts as long as he is healthy.
Every once in a while, Sheffield reminds us all just how gifted he is. Then, the contract year ends and he drops back down a little. Sheffield can hit and he will always produce, but don’t expect this kind of season again in 2004.
Smoltz’s work may be limited over the final week now that he has shown he is fine, good for Braves fans, bad for his fantasy owners.
Kim has been erratic most of the season, but he can be dominant and he can throw almost every day when he’s on. Kim has given up only one hit in his last seven appearances and no earned runs in 11 outings this month.