The Dodgers are stocked with starting pitching options for 2020, and the camp battles for the final spot should be epic. After his first Spring start, Alex Wood made it clear that his spot is in the rotation, and that’s where he belongs.
Wood threw one inning on Sunday’s game and struck out two in his first start of spring camp. And while he believes he belongs in the starting rotation, it’s safe to say he is not a lock. The Dodgers are stacked from top to bottom with young, exciting arms. The way that he talks about it though, makes it seem like he is confident he will be a starter.
I love these guys and I love this place, but I wouldn’t have taken the risk of coming back if when Opening Day comes around I wouldn’t be in the starting rotation.
It sure sounds like he thinks he is a lock for that last spot. Dave Roberts has already confirmed Julio Urias will lock up the fourth spot if healthy, adding to the trio of Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw, and David Price.
Wood went on to acknowledge that while he thinks he belongs in the Dodgers’ rotation, things happen in baseball.
Once season starts, things can change. You have to perform you know? But I came back here fully cemented in the rotation. I felt great today and I think my performance will back that up and continue to.
With just over a month left until Opening Day, the Dodgers have a lot to figure out with their pitching staff. The positive is that an excess of talent is a great problem to have.