If Cody Bellinger is the shock of the league amongst position players during the first half, Alex Wood is definitely the surprise of the league amongst pitchers. He was great again in June, although it was a shorter month for him in which he made four starts because he spent the first week on the DL.
In those four starts, he went 3-0 in 25.2 innings and remained virtually unhittable, posting a 2.10 ERA with a .157 OBA, 0.74 WHIP, and 27 strikeouts. He also had his longest outing of the season when he went eight deep against the Reds.
Wood has pitched 73.2 innings so far this season, which isn’t enough to qualify him for the leaderboards, but if he did, he would be leading the NL in ERA right now.
He still has a zero in the loss column this season while having nine wins. He should be in the All-Star for the first time in his career but got shockingly snubbed, like the other Dodgers.
This is probably in part due to him not being a big name. If Clayton Kershaw does not participate in the All-Star Game because of scheduling conflicts, hopefully, Wood would be the first to get the call as a replacement.