Alex Wood made his final start in Arizona on Tuesday afternoon against the Cincinnati Reds.
It did not go as well as he would have wanted it to go. He allowed five runs on 11 hits that were scattered across his six innings pitched.
After the game, Dave Roberts was asked if he had made a final decision on whether or not the fifth starter job would go to Alex Wood or Brandon McCarthy.
According to MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick, no decision has been made.
No decision on fifth starter yet between Wood and McCarthy.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) March 28, 2017
Both Wood and McCarthy have had decent springs, and would probably be sitting right in the middle of most rotations. But since the Dodgers are lucky enough to have an abundance of healthy depth this season, they are forced to battle it out.
Andy Mcullough of the LA Times tweeted that Wood expects to be in the rotation at some point this season, no matter Roberts’ Opening Day choice.
Alex Wood: "I’m sure if I don’t start in the rotation, I’ll end up in it at some point.”
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) March 28, 2017
With Hyun-Jin Ryu being named the fourth starter yesterday, Roberts has four of his five in the rotation ready to roll. McCarthy will be featuring in the Freeway Series against the Angels. He could be waiting to see how McCarthy comes out of that start before he makes any final decisions.
Either way, both McCarthy and Wood will be making the Opening Day roster, but only one of them will be starting.