9/8/2013 2:40 P.M. ET
Wooten thrives out of 'pen away from Miller Park
By Manny Randhawa / MLB.com
CHICAGO -- Going into Sunday's series finale against the Cubs, rookie reliever Rob Wooten's road ERA was 0.77 (one earned run in 11 2/3 innings). By contrast, his ERA in eight appearances at Miller Park this season is 6.48 (six earned runs in 8 1/3 innings).
The right-hander -- who tossed a scoreless inning of relief in Saturday's 5-3 win at Wrigley Field -- said he loves the surrounding environment when he takes the mound in an opponent's ballpark.
"I like the atmosphere on the road," Wooten said. "[The fans] are booing you and trying to get under your skin a little bit, but that just fires you up even more."
Wooten said he enjoys pitching at Miller Park as well, and he said his inflated home ERA is mainly the result of two extra-base hits he's given up.
In two appearances against the Angels on Aug. 30 and Aug. 31, he gave up five of the seven earned runs he's allowed on the season.
"It's just baseball," Wooten said. "I gave up a bases-clearing double down the left-field line and bases-clearing double down the right-field line. You take those two away and my home appearances have been a little better."
Wooten said that he feels his ability to embrace pitching on the road could serve him well if he pitches in the postseason someday.
"We played in San Francisco this year and I pitched two or three times there," Wooten said. "It's just a packed house and just a playoff atmosphere, and I loved it.
"You have butterflies when you go out there, but you're not nervous. You're just anxious and you want to get out there and you want to do well."
Estrada not concerned about extended rest
CHICAGO -- When Marco Estrada takes the mound on Wednesday against the Cardinals in St. Louis, he will have had 11 days between starts, last having pitched on Aug. 31 against the Angels.
With an off-day since then and some shuffling of the starting rotation, Estrada has had more than twice the amount of normal rest for a starting pitcher, but the right-hander said he's done his normal routine between starts and is ready to go.
"I took the normal four days in between [starts]," Estrada said. "I've done the same routine and now I've started over [with the same four-day routine]. [Saturday] I took it as a day after you start, and [Sunday] I'm throwing a bullpen.
"So I've basically done the same thing, except I haven't pitched in between. As long as you're not out here just sitting around, not doing your work, you've got nothing to worry about. I've been working hard and keeping everything the same so I think I'll be fine."
Manager Ron Roenicke said Saturday that he also thinks Estrada will be fine following the extended time without a start.
"You're already in great shape [and] you've pitched through the season," Roenicke said. "You should come back [from a longer layoff] feeling refreshed. Your arm should feel good, you throw two or three bullpens in between, and it should work out."
• Left-fielder Khris Davis was not in the starting lineup for the third consecutive game Sunday, but said the swelling in his sore left wrist has gone down and he hopes to return to the lineup on Tuesday in St. Louis following an off-day Monday.
"[Davis was] an iffy [on Sunday]," Roenicke said. "Hopefully with the off-day, we get him back in St. Louis and he can get back out in the outfield."
• Sunday's starter, Yovani Gallardo, entered the game with 1,056 career strikeouts, trailing Ben Sheets (1,206) and Teddy Higuera (1,081) for the most strikeouts in franchise history.
Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.