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:
For the "Find the Link" today:
Find the link between C.J. Wilson and the starting left fielder for the Marlins during the season when the Blue Jays won their last World Series.
Blue Jays are sitting with the 14th pick, while the Angels have the 15th pick.