Dodgers: Constructing the ideal rotation for Los Angeles

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Sep 24, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw (22) delivers a pitch to Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Welington Castillo (7) at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw (22) delivers a pitch to Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Welington Castillo (7) at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 13, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood (57) prepares to deliver a pitch in the first inning Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

Alex Wood

Alex Wood may just be the best story of the season for the Dodgers. Wood was acquired from the Braves two years ago in what was dubbed “one of the worst trades in Dodgers’ history.” Since coming over to LA, Wood has been very streaky, but in 2017 he has been one of, if not the best, pitcher on the Dodgers’ staff. Until he comes down to earth from his recent hot streak, Wood is going to be the 4th man on this rotation

Coming into the year, Alex Wood was expected to be a bullpen option because there just seemed like there wasn’t any place for him in the rotation. But, Wood has proved himself to be a great asset to the team.

He has posted a 2.27 ERA,1.01 WHIP, and 48 strikeouts in 35.2 innings. Wood did struggle in his first couple of starts of the season but had great bounce back games against the Rockies and the Pirates in which he notched double-digit strikeouts in each.

Wood does not need to continue to pitch like an ace to keep his spot in the rotation, but he does need to keep up his string of good starts. Wood is the kind of pitcher to go through peaks and valleys so we may be having a different discussion in a month from now. It wouldn’t hurt to have a dominant arm like Wood out of the pen, but for now, it is best for all parties if he stays in the rotation

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