Clayton Kershaw, Kenta Maeda, Rich Hill, Brandon McCarthy and Wood figure to make up the rotation to start the season, assuming nothing changes between now and Opening Day. This essentially means that Wood has passed Hyun-Jin Ryu in the pecking order, in part because he has pitched so well, and in part because the Dodgers may want to be cautious with Ryu in the early going. Wood has a 3.18 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 11 strikeouts in 11.1 innings this spring. With Ryu building up arm strength and Julio Urias being held back in an order to allow him to pitch into the postseason, there will be ample replacement options should Wood struggle out of the gate, but this development makes him worth rostering for now in most formats. He posted a 3.99 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 62:19 K:BB in 56.1 innings as a starter last season, although he averaged less than six innings per start.
Dodgers' Alex Wood: In line to open year in rotation
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