Left-hander C.J. Wilson takes on R.A. Dickey tonight in a battle of pitchers with initials as their first name. Wilson was the Angels' new toy last year after he agreed to a 5-year $77.5 million deal departing from division rivals Texas with Josh Hamilton in tow a year later. Wilson has been okay in Anaheim, posting a 3.42 ERA this year and a 3.57 FIP with a low HR/9 of 0.68. His contract is heavily backloaded and in his age 35 season in 2016, he'll earn a cool $20 million so Angels fans will be hoping he continues to be at least a middle of the rotation starter for many years.
Wilson throws a fastball, sinker, cutter, curveball, slider, and changeup sitting mid 90's with his hard stuff. His slider is his best off-speed pitch and he throws it a lot with two strikes getting a high amount of whiffs with it. His movement really is all over the place and he has numerous different ways to attack people:
He's also changed his release point from last year to this year and the results have been slightly better:
C.J. Wilson's last few starts have been pretty good and he'll look to keep the momentum going, although he'll likely try to avoid doing this again:
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Blue Jays are sitting with the 14th pick, while the Angels have the 15th pick.