Alex Wood was pitching at the University of Georgia just one year ago. Now, he finds himself in the Atlanta Braves rotation and having alot of success. On Tuesday night, he continued this incredible string of starts as he held the Indians scoreless over 5 2/3 innings as the Braves beat the Indians 2-0. This was Wood's fifth straight start of allowing one run or less. He worked around five hits and four walks, striking out five in the outing. This clearly was not one of his best outings, but what was impressive is how this young left consistently worked out of trouble and kept his composure. Wood moved to 3-2 with a 2.27 ERA in 63 1/3 innings this season. He will face off with the Marlins on Sunday and is certainly worth adding in NL-Only leagues down the stretch.
Matt Kemp is finally making some progress from a sprained left ankle. When he suffered the injury, both Dodgers manager Don Mattingly and Kemp said he would be back in a couple of days. Then Kemp was placed on the disabled list and reports were that he would be ready to go once he was first eligible. Now, we are finding out that Kemp is finally making progress and feels no pain according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. Hernandez reported Sunday that Kemp is telling the Dodgers’ training staff that he is “pain-free” and expects to begin a minor league rehab assignment at some point this week. Kemp has been doing a cardio work since the Dodgers were in St. Louis on August 8 and he jogged in the outfield during the team’s pregame activities all last week. Kemp should be back in the Los Angeles starting lineup within the next 7-10 days. This ankle injury has provided Kemp the time to rest his left shoulder, which may allow him to rediscover his power stroke down the stretch.Kemp was batting just .263 with five homers, 27 RBI and nine stolen bases in 62 games before suffering the ankle sprain.