07/13/2003 9:30 PM ET
Chicago Cubs All-Star: Kerry Wood
Facts and Figures
Think you know everything about Kerry Wood? The Chicago Cubs Opening Day starter was named to the National League All-Star team for the first time in his young career.
Wood, who turned 26 on June 16, was the Cubs' first-round pick - and the fourth overall selection - in the 1995 draft. He has held Major League batters to a .210 average during his big league career (616-2936), allowing 616 hits in 818 2/3 innings while striking out 955 batters.
Wood has a career ratio of 10.5 strikeouts for every nine innings of work.
He has gone 32-19 with a 3.27 ERA (171 ER/470 IP) over his last 72 starts dating back to May 19, 2001 - which was approximately one year after his return from "Tommy John surgery." Over the stretch, he has fanned 518 batters while allowing 352 hits.
Heading into the All-Star break, Wood leads the Majors in strikeouts with 156 - just ahead of teammate Mark Prior (150).
The only time Cubs pitchers finished a season ranking 1-2 in the National League in strikeouts was in 1920 - when Grover Alexander led the league with 173, while Hippo Vaughn tied for 2nd with 131.
The last season a Cubs pitcher led the National League in strikeouts was in 1969 when Fergie Jenkins fanned 273 batters. Jenkins set a club single-season record the following year with 274 strikeouts.
Wood's ratio of 11.1 strikeouts per nine innings leads the Majors
Wood ranks among the league leaders by holding batters to a .202 average.
Wood has opened the season by fanning 156 batters in 127 innings. He has seven double-digit strikeout games, giving him 33 for his Major League career.
Wood has struck out 955 batters in his first 129 big league starts spanning 818 2/3 innings, the 26-year-old needs just five strikeouts to crack the Cubs' all-time Top 10 list - and 45 strikeouts to reach the 1,000 mark.
19th century hurler John Clarkson ranks 10th in club annals with 960 strikeouts, Ken Holtzman is ninth with 988, while Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown is eighth with 1,043.
The pitchers in Major League history needing the fewest games to reach the 1,000-strikeout level have been Roger Clemens (143 games), Dwight Gooden (145) and Hideo Nomo (147). The pitchers who reached 1,000 strikeouts needing the fewest innings are Nomo (927.2), Sam McDowell (932.2) and Pedro Martinez (933.2).
Wood put together three consecutive double-digit strikeout contests for the second time during his career May 26 (10 vs. Pittsburgh), June 1 (11 vs. Houston) and June 7 (11 vs. the Yankees). Since the advent of divisional play in 1969, he is the only Cub to record back-to-back-to-back double-digit strikeout outings.
Wood has struck out at least 200 batters three times during his career, fanning 233 batters in 1998 and 217 hitters in both 2001 and 2002.
In Wood's six losses, he has given up 25 runs and 32 hits in 34 1/3 innings of work. In his other 13 contests, he has a 1.94 ERA - giving up 59 hits and 21 runs (20 earned) in 92.2 innings. Wood made his first career Opening Day start March 31 at New York and was the winning pitcher in a 15-2 affair. At 25 years of age, he was the Cubs' youngest Opening Day hurler since Ray Burris in 1976.
On April 12 vs. Pittsburgh, he combined with Mike Remlinger and Joe Borowski to blank the Pirates 4-0. He worked eight innings and gave up three singles and four walks while striking out 13 batters.
In a 16-3 victory April 17 vs. Cincinnati, he hit his fifth career homer, a two-run shot off Jimmy Haynes.
On April 29 in Dusty Baker's return to San Francisco, he picked up the victory in a 4-2 contest, giving up two runs in six innings.
On May 15 at Miller Park, he fanned 13 batters in seven scoreless frames in a game the club eventually won 4-2 in 17 innings. Cubs pitchers fanned 24 Milwaukee batters in the contest - a National League mark for an extra-inning game.
On June 7 against Roger Clemens and the Yankees, he picked up the 50th victory of his big league career in a 5-2 contest. In 7 2/3 innings, Wood gave up three hits, one run and three walks while striking out 11 batters.
Over a 10-start stretch April 23-June 13, the Cubs scored just 13 runs while he was in the game. In that stretch, Wood worked 65 innings but went just 2-5 with a 3.32 ERA (24 ER/65.0 IP).
He pitched a three-hitter in the Cubs' 4-1 victory at Cincinnati June 18. In his nine innings of work, he allowed a Jose Guillen homer and no walks while fanning nine. Wood retired the first 17 batters he faced before giving up a sixth inning single to Reggie Taylor.
In a 9-1 victory June 24 vs. Milwaukee, he hit his sixth career homer - a solo shot off Luis Vizcaino.
threw his second 3-hitter of the campaign - and his ninth career complete game - in a 5-1 victory over Florida July 9.