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Alex Wood Becoming Solid Starting Pitcher for Atlanta Braves

August 15th, 2013 at 8:21 AM
By Cody Fields

When Alex Wood takes the mound opposite the Washington Nationals Friday, the Atlanta Braves know they'll be getting a start from a confident pitcher.

The lefty has allowed just one run over his last two starts combined in a sign that the 22-year-old no longer has the jitters that went along with his first start June 18.

"I feel like I'm really starting to hit my stride. I feel really good," Wood said on braves.com.

Wood struggled in his first start back from the minor leagues July 25 against the New York Mets when he gave up four runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings. His next start on July 30 against the Colorado Rockies saw him give up three runs early but recover in time to go seven innings for his first MLB win. And that's when something clicked.

On Aug. 4, Wood shut down the Philadelphia Phillies to the tune of one run on two hits in six innings; he did even better with the Miami Marlins on Aug. 10, with six shutout innings.

And over those four starts, it just happens that Wood has 22 strikeouts to six walks. It's safe to say he'll be productive in a Braves uniform for a long time to come.

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Tags: Alex Wood, Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Colorado Rockies, Miami Marlins, MLB, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals

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