Kerry Wood as Curt Schilling?
Maybe, someday, in his late Thirties, Kerry Wood will do something extraordinary, without any regard to his own well being or future, that will lead some team to a championship. Just like Curt "Sutures" Schilling did this past fall.
Maybe, someday soon, Mark Prior or Carlos Zambrano might win 20 games for the Cubs. Hell, Angel Guzman might win 20 someday.
Maybe, depending on how much money the Tribune makes, whether they feel especially charitable towards him, and especially on his performance as a clubhouse leader and media mouthpiece, but maybe Kerry Wood will spend a good portion of his career here, like his buddy Mark Grace.
But this, I know for sure:
Don't count on him being the stud hoss that carries this pitching staff in the near-to-mid future. He couldn't finish his start today, which is no big deal I guess, until you start to consider the bulk of his work. Except for the first few months of 1998, and the last month of 2003, has Kerry Wood EVER put together a sustained effort of excellence?
At this point in time, Prior has an 18-win season, Zambrano a 16-win season. The former A's trio of Zito-Mulder-Hudson aren't any older than he, and haven't they ALL won Cy Youngs already?
I'm not saying he needs to go. That's why I brought up Curt Schilling. The two aren't really equivalent when examined closely. Many of Schilling's early career problems stemmed from his partying and, mainly, his own arrogance. Wood's problems have resulted from his delivery, and a certain sense of physical fraility. Muscle pulls, flu, back problems.
Eventually Schilling stopped thinking, stopped being a little bitch, and starting pitching. Wood WILL figure it out someday, mark my words. Just not in this decade...