Dodgers’ Alex Wood (10-0) aces All-Star audition in a Don Newcombe-like way
Alex Wood’s seven shutout innings in an eventual 1-0 victory Wednesday over the Diamondbacks came complete with a whole collection of interesting subplots: Woodbecame the first Dodgers pitcher to start a season 10-0 since the team moved to L.A. (FYI: that was in 1958). Don Newcombe last did it in 1955 for the Brooklyn Dodgers, in their lone World Series championship season.You’ve got to pinch yourself sometimes, Wood said (via the Los Angeles Times).The Dodgers, in third place https://www.twinsedge.com/minnesota-twins/glen-perkins-jersey on the first day of June, are threatening to run away with theNL West, having won22 of26 games, including two straight against the second-place Diamondbacks, who they now lead by 4 1/2 games.If Clayton Kershaw had taken his regular turn in the rotation, he would’ve started Wednesday, not Wood. But manager Dave Roberts used an off-day to juggle his rotation, getting an extra start for Kershaw before the All-Star break on Sunday, which, under MLB rules, will makethe pitcher NL players voted to be their starter in Tuesday’s All-Star Game ineligible to pitch. Kershaw was more interested in the extra start.He’s made it very clear his priority is the Dodgers, Roberts said. The NL determines a replacement for Kershaw, and the Dodgers appear confident Wood, 26, is the guy.He’s very deserving, Roberts said. Obviously, he’s pitched well enough to join that team.” Said Wood: It’s something you dream of as a kid. It’s hard to even fathom right now.”But it https://www.twinsedge.com/minnesota-twins/justin-morneau-jersey ‘s not so hard to fathom, considering the left-hander’snumbers: In addition to being 10-0, he has a 1.67 ERA, good enough to lead the majors, except Wood, unbeaten this season,didn’t even begin the year in the Dodgers’ rotation, so he doesn’t have enough innings to qualify for the league lead (apitcher needs a minimum of one inning pitched per team game to qualifyfor https://www.twinsedge.com/minnesota-twins/rod-carew-jersey the ERA title). But his ERA is a full quarter of a run better than NL leader Max Scherzer’s 1.94 ERA. Wood ranks42nd in the NL in innings pitched but is good enough now to 1) get a win whenthe Dodgers got one hit after the second inning and had a grand total of four Wednesday and 2) be an All-Star.