Alex Wood
28-Year-Old PitcherSP
Cincinnati Reds
Injury Back
Est. Return 9/25/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Wood experimented with pitching exclusively out of the stretch last season and it didn't work out. His average fastball velocity fell below 90 mph in 2018 and his strikeout rate dropped to 21.2%, the second-lowest mark of his career. Meanwhile his opponents' hard-hit rate leapt 10 percentage points to a career-worst 37.9%. It's not like his season was that bad -- he had a 1.60 FIP against lefties and a 3.53 mark overall -- but the decline in stuff is a troubling sign moving forward. The Dodgers had settled on 150 or so innings as a cap for Wood, and as he approached that number in September, the team moved him to the bullpen. That kind of innings limit put a firm cap on Wood's fantasy upside, and while he could push back up closer to 200 frames with Cincinnati following a December trade, the Dodgers did what they did for a reason (Wood battled arm issues earlier in his career). Read Past Outlooks
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