Thursday, July 06, 2017

2017 Topps Now -- #329 -- Alex Wood's Dominant 10-K Performance

I promise that this post is timely.

Alex Wood has been a pleasant surprise. When he first came over from Atlanta two years ago I figured he would be a good candidate for the back-end of the rotation. As we have all come to understand though, he is proving himself to be one of the best in the league. If not for having Kershaw in the rotation he likely would be labelled our staff ace.

Last night Alex Wood recorded his tenth victory of the season, and Topps honored this achievement with a 2017 Topps Now card. See it out above and below. Go here to check it out and order.

Considering his current record (10-0 with an 1.67 ERA, 2.04 FIP and a career high of 10.8 strike outs per walk) you'd think he would be a shoe-in for the upcoming All-Star game. Instead, he is scheduled to spend that weekend at home. On the other hand, we just found out that Clayton Kershaw is not likely to pitch during the game, so there is a possibility that Wood will be inserted into his place. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“One day at a time,” Wood said when asked about the All-Star Game being a possibility. “I would feel very honored if that happened, very humbled. It’s something you kind of dream of as a kid, so it’s hard to even kind of fathom still right now. We’ll see what happens.”
Below is what is says on the reverse of his Topps Now card.
Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood remains undefeated, improving his record to 10-0 on the season. Wood struck out 10 over seven scoreless innings, leading the Dodgers to a 1-0 victory over the Diamondbacks. He is now the first Dodgers pitcher to start a season 10-0 since reliever Ed Roebuck in 1962, and the first starter since Don Newcombe in 1955 to achieve the feat.

UPDATE: the total print run for the above Alex Wood card is 358 copies.

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