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Height/Weight: 6-4/215 | Birthdate: 1/12/1991 | Birthplace: Charlotte, NC | Bats/Throws: R/L | Team: Atlanta | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 93/47 | Average Draft Position: 65.13
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Braves' Alex Wood gives up four runs, gets sixth win on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/4/2015) Braves left-hander Alex Wood was the beneficary of a nine-run explosion by his offense on the Fourth of July. Wood gave up four runs on 10 hits over six innings, but came away with the win in the 9-5 victory over the Phillies.

Wood (6-5, 3.34 ERA) walked two and struck out four. He gave up a three-run home run to Darin Ruf in the fifth inning, but the Braves already had nine runs on the board at that point.

"He had a lot of baserunners, but he battled," said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, per MLB.com. "He bent a little bit, but he didn't give in and he kept us right there, and we were able to give him a little cushion and we end up winning the game."

This is the first time Wood has allowed more than three runs since he allowed four on June 12. 


Braves' Alex Wood on win vs. Pirates: 'My best start of year'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2015) Braves starting pitcher Alex Wood has spent several weeks making adjustments to his pitching mechanics in order to find the form that made him a successful starter in 2014. Wood admits he might have finally found that form after throwing 7 1/3 scoreless innings during Sunday's 2-1 win against the Pirates.

"This is my best [start] of the year for sure, just in terms of my fastball command, being able to move it in and out," Wood said, per MLB.com. "Today is how I felt during that long stretch that I put together last year. Hopefully, it will carry over the rest of the year."

Wood tied a season-high with eight strikeouts, while allowing five hits and no walks.

"He was pretty much in control the whole game," Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. "He had all three of his pitches working and he was moving his fastball around. He was ahead in the count. That's what he can do. When he's right, he can dominate lineups. Today you saw a glimpse of what he can do.

"He threw a lot of fastballs in to a lot of their right-handed hitters that backed them up and made them respect both sides of the plate. He had a lot of strikeouts, especially looking at fastballs that were in on the plate because they were looking out over [the plate]."


Braves SP Alex Wood receives win in Sunday's start


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2015) Braves pitcher Alex Wood was dominate during his start Sunday, which the Braves won 2-1.

Wood did not surrender a run over 7 1/3 innings of work. He also struck out eight and did not walk a batter. He is now 5-5 with a 3.17 ERA.

Sunday's win broke a streak of four starts where Wood did not earn a win. He has now received a quality start in his last three starts.


Braves SP Alex Wood allows 10 hits in Tuesday's loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2015) Braves pitcher Alex Wood was not sharp during Tuesday's start, which the Braves lost 3-1 to the Nationals.

Wood allowed 10 hits over seven innings of work, but just three runs were scored against Wood. He also struck out two and walked one during the outing. Wood (4-5) now has a 3.44 ERA on the season.

He is now winless in his last four starts, but he tossed quality starts in his last two outings. His next expected start is scheduled for Sunday at Pittsburgh.


Braves SP Alex Wood strikes out seven in no-decision Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/17/2015) Braves left-hander Alex Wood was solid in a no-decision in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Red Sox. Wood worked six innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits. He walked two and struck out seven, as he left with the game tied 2-2. The Braves pushed ahead the go-ahead runs in the seventh, after Wood had departed.

Wood had the lead until he served up a solo home run to Mike Napoli in the sixth inning to tie the game. 

This was a solid bounceback effort for Wood, who gave up seven earned runs over 11 1/3 innings in his previous two starts. He'll try to get back in the win column when he takes on the Nationals on Tuesday in the Nationa's Capital.


Braves SP Alex Wood OK after getting hit in head Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) Braves starting pitcher Alex Wood was hit in the head by a baseball while in the outfield fielding flyballs during batting practice Tuesday, according to 680 The Fan. He checked out fine after being evaulated by the medical staff and will make his start Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Wood has lost his last two starts. He is 4-4 with a 3.56 ERA in 12 starts this season.


Alex Wood SP struggles in loss to the Mets on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/12/2015) Braves left-hander Alex Wood was not at his best in a start against the Mets on Friday. Wood pitched into the seventh inning, but gave up five runs (four earned) on six hits over 6 1/3 innings. He walked four and struck out six, as he inflated his ERA to 3.56 in the 5-3 loss.

Wood got into an early hole when he allowed a solo home run to Wilmer Flores in the second inning, and then a two-run shot to John Mayberry in the fourth. After the Braves scored a pair in the top of the fifth, Wood gave up another run in the each of the sixth and seventh innings.

Wood (4-4) has now lost in back-to-back starts following three straight victories. He'll look to turn things around in his next start, scheduled for Wednesday at home against the Red Sox.


Braves SP Alex Wood frustrated by Sunday ejection


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2015) Would Alex Wood allow frustration to get him tossed out of a game?

Alex would.

The Braves left-hander admitted as much after his ejection aided a Pittsburgh victory Sunday afternoon. He was thrown out by home plate umpire Mark Carlson after their interpretations of the strike zone clashed.

Wood's words to Carlson as he walked off the mound in the fifth inning resulted in his dismissal. He believed that opposing pitcher Gerrit Cole was receiving more favorable calls despite having hit Freddie Freeman and Andrelton Simmons with pitches.

"I thought [Cole] was getting some pitches throughout the game that we weren't," Wood told MLB.com. "Especially when you're sitting in the tunnel with the AC, watching it on the TV and when hitting myself.

"I got up there my first at-bat and [Cole] throws two that are below my knees, back to back, and [Carlson] rings me up on it. And then you throw two that are pretty close - one closer than the other - to Cole there that inning and [Carlson calls them balls]."

Wood had allowed three runs in the fifth before his forced removal.

"As I was walking away, I guess he decided that it was going to be good to throw me out of the game, which I didn't think was appropriate," Wood added. "I didn't try to show him up, didn't say anything to him during the inning, didn't even know I got tossed until I got up into the clubhouse."


Braves SP Alex Wood ruins day with bad fifth, ejection


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) All was downright peachy for Braves left-hander Alex Wood in Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Then came the fifth inning.

That was his last inning, not because the Pirates knocked him out, but because he was ejected for complaining to home plate umpire Mark Carlson.

Wood allowed at least one baserunner in three of the first four innings, but emerged unscathed. But a walk to opposing pitcher Gerrit Cole in the fifth angered Wood, who then allowed three runs on four hits. As he walked off the mound, his words to Carlson got him tossed. He finished having thrown 86 pitches.

His poor fifth ended a stretch in which he had allowed just three runs in 26 innings. He will attempt to rebound Friday against the host Mets.


Braves SP Alex Wood earns win during Monday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) Braves pitcher Alex Wood only allowed one run on seven hits over eight innings of work during Monday's 8-1 win over the Diamondbacks.

He struck out four and did not walk a batter during the outing. Wood received his fourth win of the season for his effort. His ERA now stands at 3.19.

"It was nice to see [Wood] pitch himself out of that jam in the eighth, first and second and nobody out and here come the big boys," manager Fredi Gonzalez said after the game, per MLB.com. "He was able to get the ground ball and get (Paul) Goldschmidt to fly out to center field. It was a really good outing by Woody tonight."

Wood has pitched at least seven innings and given up a total of three runs in his last three starts.

"The last two starts I'm starting to get everything together, so to speak," Wood said. "And like I said last week, it's more about getting that consistency and repeatability to where I don't have anything to work on any more than just being consistent and repeatable. For me, that's the biggest thing."

His next scheduled start is set for Sunday against the Pirates.


Braves SP Alex Wood confident he is past early-season struggles


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2015) Braves starting pitcher Alex Wood is confident his early-season struggles are behind him. Following Wednesday's win against the Dodgers, the lefty has won his last two starts and has a 2.88 ERA in four May starts.

"It's been a number of things," Wood said, per MLB.com. "The best comparison I can give is just putting the pieces of a puzzle together. You know it's going to click. It's a matter of when and putting those right parts in place. After tonight and [my recent side sessions], I feel like it's really starting to click.

Wood returned to the mound Wednesday after a 10-day layoff due to a stomach virus. He allowed one run on seven hits and two walks, while striking out six in seven innings.

"I'll be honest. I was nervous after not throwing for 10 days and being as sick as I was," Wood said. "It was kind of one of those things where before the game you tell yourself, 'I wonder what is going to happen tonight?'"


Braves' Alex Wood allows one run in win vs. Dodgers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2015) Braves pitcher Alex Wood earned the win on Wednesday after allowing one earned run on seven hits and two walks in seven innings while striking out six in his team's 3-2 victory over the Dodgers.

Wood (3-2) has allowed just one run in back-to-back outings, with both coming on the road, and the only damage he surrendered on Wednesday came on an infield single in the fourth inning. The Dodgers managed six singles in all and no extra-base hits.

Wood owns a 3.50 ERA and 38:18 K:BB ratio in 54 innings. He's scheduled to face the Diamondbacks in Arizona on Monday.


Braves SP Alex Wood feeling better, plans to make next start


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Braves right-hander Alex Wood has confirmed that he will make his Wednesday start against the host Dodgers after losing his Friday outing to a virus, 680 The Fan has reported.

Wood, who added that he would be available Saturday out of the bullpen, will probably simply wait until his next start to pitch. He is coming off his finest effort of the year, a seven-inning performance at Miami in which he allowed just one run.


Braves expect Alex Wood (virus) to make next start


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Although Braves pitcher Alex Wood was scratched from Friday's start, manager Fredi Gonzalez said he expects Wood to make his next start Wednesday at the Los Angeles Dodgers, reports the team's radio network.

A stomach virus caused Wood to miss Friday’s start.


Braves SP Alex Wood scratched Friday due to stomach virus


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Braves starting pitcher Alex Wood was scratched from his scheduled start Friday against the Brewers due to a stomach virus. Eric Stults will start in his absence.

Wood headed into Friday's start with a 1-1 record and 3.50 ERA in three May starts. Although, he has struggled at home this season, going 0-2 with a 6.19 ERA in three starts.

Stults, who was moved to the bullpen earlier this week, is 1-4 with a 5.36 ERA in seven starts. The Brewers are batting just .201 against lefties in 2015, which is the second-lowest average in the majors. 


Braves lefty Alex Wood rebounds in sinking Marlins


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Braves emerging starter Alex Wood appeared to be on the verge of blowing a rare 5-0 lead provided him Saturday in Miami. But he found his groove and coasted to his second victory.

Wood allowed an RBI groundout in the second and solo homer to Giancarlo Stanton leading off the third. But he yielded just three hits, including two that never left the infield, the rest of the way. He finished having surrendered one earned run on seven this with two walks and one strikeout over seven innings.

The performance by the left-hander was arguably his best this season and ended a stretch in which he gave up 11 runs on 23 hits in 16 innings pitched.

"I'm still working on a lot of things and trying to figure it out," Wood said, per MLB.com. "I'm piecing it together as we go, but as long as we get a 'W' and I throw up some zeroes, I'll take it any day."

Wood will try to take his momentum and run with it next Friday against Milwaukee.


Braves starting pitcher Alex Wood takes no-decision on Sunday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/10/2015) Braves starting pitcher Alex Wood surrendered three runs on eight hits and struck out seven in 6 1/3 innings Sunday for a no-decision against the Nationals.

Wood has now allowed 11 runs in 15 2/3 innings (6.32 ERA) over his last three starts.

"In games like this you feel like you could have done a little more. You think about lots of things. Today is still a loss," Wood said.

Wood also went 3 for 3 with an RBI in the game.

"Woody was a bulldog on the mound and he was in line to get the win," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. '"We've got to mix and match out of the bullpen and we haven't been able to do it."

Wood's next start is set for Saturday in Miami.


Braves P Alex Wood on making adjustments: 'The time is now'


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/5/2015) After the Braves' 5-2 loss to the Phillies on Monday, starter Alex Wood is definitely starting to feel some frustration. With the loss, Wood is now 1-2 with a 4.32 ERA. He had a breakout campaign in 2014, going 11-11 with a nifty 2.78 ERA in 35 games (24 starts) for the Braves.

"The time is now," Wood said, per MLB.com. "I've got to make an adjustment. It's a humbling game to say the least. It's one of those things where there's no doubt in my mind that I'm going to figure it out. It's just a matter of when. I think it will be sooner rather than later."

Wood feels his ineffectiveness is tied to not having his two best pitches working.

The sinker and changeup just haven't been there, and that's my bread and butter," Wood said. "It's one of those things where when I can get that to start clicking, with whatever adjustment we're going to make between now and Sunday, that's going to be the difference-maker. It's just frustrating. I know it's going to click. It's just a matter of having it happen. That's the frustrating part."

Wood is scheduled to take the mound on Sunday against the Nationals. He owns a 2.40 ERA in seven career starts against Washington.


Braves P Alex Wood allows three runs in loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Braves pitcher Alex Wood gave up three earned runs in Monday evening's 5-2 loss to the Phillies. 

Wood surrendered nine hits and walked two batters. He did strike out four hitters during the 4 1/3 innings he pitched. All three of his runs allowed came in the first inning.

"It's tough to have that happen in the first inning," Wood said after the game, per MLB.com. "It takes a lot out of guys right out of the gate. It's hard to give up three in the first and expect guys to come back and score enough runs for us to win the ballgame."

Wood is now 1-2 for the year and has a 4.32 ERA.

"I'm not overly concerned, but that's not him," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I've seen him rattle off start after start after start getting you deep into ballgames. Today, it was 90 pitches in the fifth, and he hasn't been able to get into some kind of rhythm."

His next start is projected for Sunday against the Nationals. 


Braves pitcher Alex Wood allows fives runs in losing effort


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Braves pitcher Alex Wood allowed five runs on six hits in five innings of work in Atlanta's 13-4 loss to the Nationals Wednesday.

"Mechanically and from a stuff standpoint, I feel that is the best I've been all spring," Wood said, per MLB.com. "I was happy with the process, but I was pretty disappointed with the results."

Wood was roughed up in the fourth inning when Washington plated four runs on four hits, only one of which going for extra bases. He finished off the fifth inning with no issues, but already reached 100 pitches.

"The Woody we love to see and the competitiveness was there," manager Fredi Gonzalez said after the game, per MLB.com. "It was just a lot of pitches and a lot of deep counts."

Wood, who moves to 1-1 on the year, pushed his ERA to 4.03. He will look to bounce back Monday against the Phillies.


Braves starter Alex Wood allows 0 runs in 5 2/3 IP for no decision


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/24/2015) Braves starting pitcher Alex Wood did not allow a run in 5 2/3 innings on Friday for a no decision against the Phillies.

Wood yielded five hits and a walk in the outing.

"Woody was good," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He mixed his pitches well. His secondary pitch, he threw for strikes. Really, everybody gave us a good opportunity out of that bullpen to get that win."

Wood's next start is set for Wednesday against the Nationals.


Braves' Alex Wood takes no decision after rough seventh inning


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/18/2015) Braves starter Alex Wood cruised through his first six inning Saturday but was tagged for three runs in the seventh and took a no decision against the Blue Jays.

Wood, overall, allowed three earned runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings. 

Wood's next start is set for Friday in Philadelphia.

Braves' Alex Wood strikes out seven in quality start Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Braves pitcher Alex Wood didn't factor into the decision Sunday, surrendering three earned runs on eight hits and three walks in 6 2/3 innings while striking out seven in his team's 4-3 loss to the Mets.

Wood (1-1) was touched for a two-run home run in the first inning but largely settled down over the remainder of his outing, with the only other run scored upon him coming on a single by opposing starter Bartolo Colon.

Wood sports a 3.86 ERA and 11:6 K:BB ratio in 11 2/3 innings going into Saturday's scheduled start against the Blue Jays in Toronto.


Braves P Alex Wood gets the win over the Marlins


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Braves pitcher Alex Wood pitched five innings in Tuesday's 12-2 victory over the Marlins.

Wood gave up two earned runs and three walks with four strikeouts on four hits. Wood is now 1-0 on the season. The 24-year-old has an ERA of 3.07 in his career against the Marlins.


Braves SP Alex Wood tosses five one-run innings vs. Orioles


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) Braves pitcher Alex Wood capped his spring by giving up one earned run on six hits in five innings while striking out four and walking none in his team's 6-5 win over the Orioles Thursday.

Wood's final spring outing gives him a 3.66 ERA and 12:5 K:BB ratio in 19 2/3 innings. He'll face the Marlins in Miami Tuesday in his first regular-season start.