Pregame Notes: Wood, Cubs look for strong series vs. Arizona


Apr 4, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher

Travis Wood

(37) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Cubs (5-12) open a series against the league’s worst club, the Arizona Diamondbacks (5-15) at Wrigley Field tonight, looking to pick up their first series win of the season – a task that has, thus far, remained elusive for Ricky Renteria’s team.

Renteria will hand the ball to the lone All-Star from last season’s club, southpaw Travis Wood (0-2, 3.00 ERA), who is still looking for his first win of the campaign.

In his last start, Wood allowed two runs and 11 hits over 5 2/3 innings against the Yankees in the Bronx, a doubleheader during which the Cubs’ offense failed to score a single run against New York pitching.

Offseason acquisition Bronson Arroyo (1-1, 9.95 ERA) will toe the rubber for Arizona, which enters play on Monday with the worst record in all of baseball. In his last outing, the veteran right-hander lasted just 3 1/3 innings, allowing nine runs against the Mets.

Tonight’s game will be broadcast on WGN 720 AM and CSN+ in the Chicagoland area.

Here are tonight’s lineups: