Dodgers: Five best pitchers over the past decade

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 10: Zack Greinke #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the first inning against the New York Mets in game two of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 10: Zack Greinke #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the first inning against the New York Mets in game two of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) /
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LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 26: Alex Wood #57 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers the pitch against the Boston Red Sox during the eighteenth inning in Game Three of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /

5) Alex Wood

After being traded to Cincinnati in the Matt Kemp deal, Alex Wood missed most of the 2019 season due to a back injury. The left-hander signed with the Dodgers this past offseason to try to rekindle the magic he had in Los Angeles before the injury. While he is clearly a cut below the top four pitchers ranked in this article, his contributions to the Dodgers since 2010 still merit him to land fifth overall.

Alex Wood’s 2017 season was one for the history books. Replacing an injured Rich Hill in the rotation, he was nearly unbeatable that season, and especially over his first 15 starts. He became the first Dodgers starting pitcher since Don Newcombe in 1955 to begin a season with a 10-0 record. An impressive stretch that included a 28-inning scoreless streak.

Wood finished his 2017 campaign with a 16-3 record, the best winning percentage among pitchers in the National League, along with a 2.72 ERA and 3.97 strikeout to walk ratio.

While the left-hander regressed in his second full season as a Dodger starter, he was still 9-7 with a 3.68 ERA and similar underlying statistics to what he showed in 2017. Over four years with the Dodgers before being traded to the Reds, Wood went 31-20 with a 3.46 ERA. His 52.1 percent ground ball rate is the best among qualified Dodger starters over the past decade.

The Dodgers are hoping they can get anything close to his 2017 form again whenever baseball returns in 2020.

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