As the Dodgers continue their fans continue a mobilized All-Star push for third baseman Justin Turner, the club’s other All-Star snub — Alex Wood — takes the mound for the final time before the break on Wednesday night against the Diamondbacks.
The Dodgers have won nine straight starts by Wood, with the last loss coming Apr. 26. Wood enters Wednesday at 9-0 with a 1.83 ERA, having allowed zero or one run in seven of his last eight starts.
A win would make Wood the first Dodgers pitcher to start a season 10-0 since Ed Roebuck in 1962. Roebuck was a reliever, but the last starter to begin 10-0 was Don Newcombe in Brooklyn in 1955. Newcombe, like Wood, picked up one of his wins in relief.
Wood got his first win of 2017 in relief on Apr. 15 at Dodger Stadium, with 3⅓ scoreless, hitless innings against the Diamondbacks.
While the Dodgers’ offense has been home run happy of late — setting a franchise mark with 53 home runs in June, then with Turner homering on Tuesday night in the series opener — Wood has been especially stingy this season. He has allowed just two home runs all season.
One of those home runs was hit by A.J. Pollock on Apr. 21 in Arizona, a no-decision for Wood that saw him allow four runs in 4⅔ innings. That is the only first-inning run allowed by Wood in 2017 to date.
As of about 10 a.m. PT Wednesday, Turner was still leading the Final Vote, garnering 12.9 million votes. Turner is leading Kris Bryant, Anthony Rendon, Mark Reynolds, and Justin Bour — in that order — though it is unknown what the vote totals are for the other four candidates.
Voting runs through 1 p.m. PT on Thursday, and for the final six hours, beginning at 7 a.m. tomorrow, Twitter votes will count just by including the hashtag #VoteJT to any tweet.
With the win on Tuesday, the Dodgers improved to 34-11 at home this season, a mark they haven’t seen since 1953, when Brooklyn opened 38-11 at Ebbets Field on their way to a club-record 60-17 mark at home. That team won 105 games and the National League pennant.
The Dodgers are 60-21 in their last 81 home games, and 113-49 in their last 162 games at Dodger Stadium.
Time: 7:10 p.m. PT
TV: SportsNet LA, MLB Network