Giants SP Alex Wood keeps hitters off balance in San Francisco’s 1-0 vs. Marlins

The San Francisco Giants’ starting pitching staff is on a major roll this season, and in the club’s 1-0 win against the Marlins on Sunday afternoon, new starter Alex Wood kept the party going.

In his Giants debut, Wood pitched five scoreless innings before the bullpen took over and finished the job. Wood’s first start as a Giant was delayed after he began the season on the injured list due to a spinal ablation procedure.

Manager Gabe Kapler was impressed, and he had a colorful description of Wood’s delivery and approach on the mound.

“He’s funky. Unorthodox, works fast, pounds the strike zone and executes three pitches,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “He was able to do that effectively today and keep those right-handed hitters off-balance, which is a really, really difficult thing to do. Nice, nice first outing for him.”

San Francisco Chronicle

As Bootsy Collins says, the funk will never die. Here’s a look at Wood’s unorthodox delivery via Twitter.

The Giants starting staff has been historically good in the early going this season. To have Wood’s debut be so sparkling only adds to the optimism. As the above tweet mentions, Wood might only be around for a season, but what a season it’s been thus far. It’s the Giants’ new way, as in a bit of “Moneyball” from the front office. Early this season, that approach looks smart indeed.

(Photo courtesy Nathan Tran/Wikipedia Commons)

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