Wood allowed one run on six hits while striking out six over seven innings in a no-decision against the White Sox on Tuesday. He did not issue a walk.
All the more impressive, Wood completed the seven innings on just 79 pitches. The lefty continues to excel for the Dodgers -- he now sits with a 2.30 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, .206 BAA and 122:30 K:BB over 117.1 innings -- and his velocity has rebounded in recent starts following a gradual decline over the first four months of the campaign. Even so, the Dodgers have run away with the NL West and they could opt to skip Wood here or there down the stretch.
Wood (14-1) held the Diamondbacks to two runs on six hits and a walk over six innings Wednesday, striking out four in a 3-2 victory.
His old team, the Braves, hung nine runs on Wood back on July 21, and that's the only time the lefty's seen the loss column all year. His strikeout numbers have taken a bit of a dip over his last three starts -- just 11 in 19 innings -- but Wood has retained his excellent control and generally kept the ball in the yard; Paul Goldschmidt's homer off him Wednesday was just the sixth he's allowed in 20 starts. The only thing keeping Wood from frontrunner status in the Cy Young Award race is that he's thrown a lot fewer innings (110.1) than guys like Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer.
Wood (13-1) held the Braves to one run on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts over six innings in Thursday's win.
Wood gave up a run in the first inning, but proceeded to shut the door from there on the same team that tagged him for nine runs in 4.2 innings for his only loss back on July 21. The 26-year-old lefty has now pitched at least five innings of one-run ball or better in 11 of 17 starts. Repeating this effort will be difficult in his next outing, which is scheduled for Wednesday at Arizona's hitter-friendly Chase Field.
Wood allowed four earned runs on hits hits over seven innings against the Giants on Friday, notching five strikeouts and picking up the win.
Wood's dominant night was done in by a rough seventh inning, in which he allowed three runs on four hits, including back-to-back RBI doubles by Nick Hundley and Gorkys Herandez. Nonetheless, the southpaw put together a nice outing after allowing nine runs (seven earned) in his last outing, a disastrous blowout loss to the Braves. The 26-year-old remains a valuable fantasy asset thanks to his stellar 2.38 ERA and 0.99 WHIP this year, though it's worth noting that a dip in velocity could be the result of a heavy inning count, as Wood underwent elbow surgery to cut short his 2017 campaign. He'll have a chance to avenge his earlier performance against Atlanta in his next start, as he lines up to face them Thursday.
Wood (11-1) served up nine runs (seven earned) on nine hits and four walks with four strikeouts over just 4.2 innings in his first loss Friday night against Atlanta.
Finally, Wood is human. Not only was this his first loss of the season, but it was the first time he failed to complete the fifth inning since April 21 against Arizona, when he was making a spot start and wasn't stretched out. Wood was bound to stumble eventually, but his consistency this season has been impressive. Despite the disaster, Wood's ERA still sits at a pristine 2.17.
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