Wood threw six innings against most of the Blue Jays' regular lineup Saturday afternoon at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out two in the Braves' 5-3 win.
"I thought it was good for the most part. I think I'm getting closer," Wood said. "I think they hit a lot of weak ground balls. Hit a couple hard, but overall I thought it was good. ... Get that next [start] done, and I'll be right where I need to be."
It was Wood's fourth Grapefruit League outing and his fifth overall this spring, as he threw five innings in a camp game between Triple-A Gwinnett and Double-A Mississippi on March 21.
He admitted that the intensity of that outing didn't quite match up to what he experienced Saturday, facing a predominantly right-handed Toronto lineup that featured true power hitters in Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson.
Wood struck out only two batters in six innings, giving him eight in 14 2/3 innings this spring. That's obviously below his career mark of 8.9 strikeouts per nine innings, a drop he attributed to hitters simply making more contact early in the count.
"You know what was good about it today? He got himself in a couple jams," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "It was nice to see that he had to get out of those jams, working through those things.
"Because sometimes you go 1-2-3, 1-2-3 every single time, it's a little different. You don't get the adrenaline, the juices flowing. Today he faced a really, really good right-handed dominant lineup and he did great."
As Wood pointed out, the adjustment to his schedule allowed him to slot into the Braves' rotation between right-handers Julio Teheran, who pitched Friday, and Shelby Miller, who will start Sunday.
That will likely be where Wood opens the season, as the club's No. 2 starter, after one more spring tuneup.
"Now we're lined up to get into our routines for Opening Day and for the first stretch of games that we'll have here in a week and a half or so. It's exciting," Wood said. "I know I'm champing at the bit. So are these guys. It's coming down to the end."