Los Angeles Dodgers left-handed pitcher Alex Wood became the first Dodgers pitcher in the modern era to open the season with an 11-0 record following his win on Saturday. He joins Preacher Roe as the only other Dodger pitcher to win his first 10 decisions of the year as a starter (one of Wood’s wins came in relief); Roe did so back in 1951.
Wood picked up the win on Saturday night over the Miami Marlins, moving him to 11-0 on the season with a 1.56 ERA. He tossed six innings of scoreless baseball, allowing just three hits and striking out four batters.
It has been a dominant season out of seemingly nowhere for the southpaw who began the season in the bullpen for Los Angeles. His first three appearances consisted of just a single start and that lasted all of 3.2 innings. Following his start on Saturday, he now has seven starts this year in which he has not allowed an earned run.
His dominance has come in an efficient package. Not once during the year has Wood exceeded the 100-pitch mark and he has only twice recorded an out in the eighth inning of a start. His ERA (1.56) has slowly dwindled, as he nears reaching the plateau of minimum innings pitched to take over the league’s lead.
An All-Star for the first time in his career this season, he has managed to be on the same plane as teammate Clayton Kershaw, who went 14-2 with a 2.18 ERA during the first half. It comes as no surprise that the Dodgers staff entered play on Saturday with far and away the lowest ERA in all of baseball.