D-backs @ Dodgers July 5, 2017: Alex Wood looks to go 10-0

Photo: Stacie Wheeler

The Dodgers go for their 57th win of the season with No. 57 on the mound Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. The Boys in Blue will also go for their 35th victory at home and the series win against the division rival Diamondbacks. The Snakes find themselves 3 1/2 games back of the Dodgers after a 4-3 loss to Clayton Kershaw in the series opener.

D-backs
Dodgers
7:10 p.m.
Los Angeles
CF
Blanco
1B
Utley
SS
Marte
SS
Seager
1B
Goldschmidt
3B
Turner
RF
Owings
RF
Bellinger
3B
Lamb
CF
Pederson
2B
Drury
LF
Taylor
LF
Hermann C Grandal
C
Mathis
2B
Forsythe
P
Godley (R)
P
Wood (L)

The D-backs made it close in the Independence Day battle on Tuesday, but the Dodgers sent in the heavy artillery to edge them out. Kershaw and Justin Turner showed off their All-Star worthy talent, teammates who have led this first-place Dodger team over the first half of the season.

Alex Wood (9-0, 1.83 ERA, 2.12 FIP) may have got snubbed in the All-Star selection process, but anyone who has been around this season knows that he has been one of the most effective pitchers in all of baseball. The herky-jerky left-hander, acquired by the Dodgers in a lopsided trade with the Atlanta Braves at the deadline two years ago, has really thrived in L.A. Wood goes for his 10th straight win, without a notch in the loss column, when he heads to the mound on Wednesday.

It hasn’t been done in awhile.

Last time out against the Padres, Wood allowed one run on two hits with eight strikeouts and three walks in six innings. He’s only allowed two home runs all year in 73 2/3 innings. Woody’s as dominant as he has ever been in his career, striking out 30.2% of batters (10.63 K/9) in 2017. Overall, in his career against Arizona, Wood is 3-3 with a 3.60 ERA in 10 games (6 starts). The usual culprit, Paul Goldschmidt, has hit two home runs against Wood in the past.

Zack Godley (3-2, 2.67 ERA, 3.20 FIP) has pitched admirably for the D-backs when they needed him to step in for Shelby Miller. Miller is out for the season after having Tommy John surgery. Godley has held opponents to a .191 batting average in 64 innings, the lowest of any Arizona pitcher this year. Opponents are hitting .178 against Wood, just to point out his dominance again. The Dodgers haven’t faced Godley this year, but in five career games (one start) against L.A., the right-hander has a 2.45 ERA.

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In All-Star news, Wood may end up in Miami after all.

Turner leads the NL Final Vote. Voting ends Thursday, July 6 at 1PM PST/4PM EST. Look at that ginger buckaroo.

#VoteJT

Also, Cody Bellinger will face Charlie Blackmon in the first round of the Home Run Derby.

The Dodgers are nearly unbeatable at home. Their 34 wins at Chavez Ravine are the most in baseball, and they’re on a historic pace not seen since the Brooklyn days. Let’s enjoy another night at the Magic Castle.

About Stacie Wheeler

Stacie Wheeler

Stacie Wheeler, born and raised in So Cal, has been writing about the Dodgers since 2010. She wrote daily as the Co-Editor of Lasorda’s Lair for five long years, and she has also written for Dodgers Nation and Dodger Blue 1958. She currently contributes to The Hardball Times. Stacie graduated from the University Of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in Cinema-Television. You can also watch her videos on her YouTube channel, DishingUpTheDodgers.