Dodgers: Projecting the Possible Playoff Starting Rotation

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May 17, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) throws a pitch during the sixth inning of the game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
May 17, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) throws a pitch during the sixth inning of the game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 10, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood (57) delivers a pitch during the third inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /

Alex Wood

Alex Wood has been perhaps the biggest surprise of the Dodgers season. With a roster spot in question coming into spring training, Alex Wood really put the extra work in the offseason to make sure he had a place on the Dodgers big leagues club.

Wood made the team as the long relief man out of the bullpen, but due to injuries, he found his way into the rotation. Well, injuries or not, Alex Wood proved he was more than able to hold his own in the rotation and forced Dave Roberts’ hand and now has solidified his place in the starting rotation.

This season in 8 starts Alex Wood has a 6-0 record with a 1.69 ERA and is holding opposing hitters to a .210 batting average in 48 innings pitched. At only 26-years old, Wood has always been seen as a young left-handed with plenty of upside. It’s looking like this 2017 season is the year Alex Wood puts it all together.

Alex Wood has some experience pitching in the postseason, mostly in relief, but has been effective in his seven innings pitched. Wood pitched two scoreless innings in relief for the Dodgers in the NLCS last season.

Wood’s recent emergence as the Dodgers second starter lines him up for a more prominent role this postseason. I do think it’s worth watching that if indeed Wood makes the postseason rotation, this would be the first time in four appearances that he pitches in the postseason as a starter.

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