In a turn of events that will have Dodger Nation jumping, Major League Baseball announced that seven All-Stars have been replaced for the Midsummer Classic on Tuesday. Sadly one of those being replaced is three-time Cy Young Award winner, Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The good news is he’s being replaced by his teammate Alex Wood, currently with a record breaking 10-0 start going into the All-Star break.
Wood was ineligible for any voting because he hadn’t pitched enough innings, due to a late start and a slight injury issue. But in the 80.2 innings he’s pitched so far this season, Wood put up a 1.67 ERA, with 97 strikeouts and a WHIP of 0.89.
He is only the second left-hander to start a season 10-0 with an ERA under 2.00 in the last 100 years (Ron Guidry of the New York Yankees is the other).
Clayton Kershaw is pitching on Sunday against the Kansas City Royals and has opted out of pitching two days later.
Still, the Dodgers will have five players in the All-Star Game: Wood, Justin Turner (who won the Final Vote by a record margin), Kenley Jansen, Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger, who will also be competing in the Home Run Derby.
Below is an interview Claudia Gestro did with another Dodger All Star, Corey Seager.
Photos by Claudia Gestro
Top photo: Pitcher Alex Wood
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