Friday, July 07, 2017

Congrats, Alex Wood! You're an All-Star!

And now there are six!

One of the more glaring omissions from the upcoming All-Start Game in Miami has been the exclusion of Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood. He has arguably been one of the top starters in the league -- having recorded an 10-0 record this season with an 1.67 ERA, 2.04 FIP and 2.9 WAR. So, this morning's news that he is now on the team was certainly welcome. Per a Dodgers press release:
Wood, in his fifth Major League season, is also a first-time All-Star. The 26-year-old left-hander becomes the sixth Dodger All-Star selection, marking the most in the NL.  He joins Cody Bellinger, Kenley Jansen, Kershaw, Corey Seager and Justin Turner as an NL All-Star.  On Wednesday, Wood improved to 10-0 on the season with a 1.67 ERA and 97 strikeouts over 80.2 innings pitched.  With a win in each of his 10 decisions this season, Wood tied the Dodgers record for consecutive wins to start a season, joining Larry French (1942), Preacher Roe (1951), Don Newcombe (1955) and Ed Roebuck (1962).
His inclusion came at the expense of Clayton Kershaw's inability to throw during the game. Clayton is scheduled to pitch on Sunday, so he would be unable to pitch on Tuesday for the All-Star Game.

In celebration of Wood's good fortune I made the above two fantasy Baseball cards of him. Both cards use photos taken by either Jon SooHoo or Juan Ocampo from Wednesday's game. The card on the left uses a 1952 Topps design, and the card on the right uses the 1981 Fleer design.

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