C.J. Wilson, and the second time thru …

Chris Iannetta, C.J. WilsonA former starting pitcher had one big takeaway after watching C.J. Wilson‘s good-but-not-great outing against the Reds on Wednesday night: He’s over-thinking it again.

Wilson, he said, assumes hitters are going to make adjustments on him the second time through the order and sometimes winds up complicating matters, trying to be too fine rather than going with what worked early in the game. It’s just one man’s theory, of course. But it did seem to play out that way against the Reds in the bottom of the fourth, walking Chris Heisey and Joey Votto on nine pitches before serving up a three-run homer to Brandon Phillips and a near-homer to Jay Bruce.

Last year, as Wilson struggled through the second half, the left-hander’s biggest problems seemed to come the second time through a lineup. Wilson gave up 65 runs (56 earned) in 91 innings in the second half last year, resulting in a 5.54 ERA. Thirty-five of those runs came in the second and third inning, which is when a lineup would turn over once guys start reaching base (Wilson was perfect through three on Wednesday, so it wasn’t until the fourth that he faced guys a second time).

Per Baseball-Reference.com, here’s how opposing hitters fared against Wilson the first, second and third time through last year …

First: .203/.318/.297
Second: .298/.360/.454
Third: .188/.276/.307

Wilson (6 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 H, 4 BB, 4 SO) was asked Wednesday night about his hiccup in the fourth and basically broke it down batter by batter …

“The pitch I really just whiffed on was a couple pitches to Heisey. Those were just kind of out of the zone. Just trying to make adjustments and couldn’t, and I got a little bit closer to being dialed in with Votto but still missed. And then the pitch Phillips hit was a cutter that just cut too much. It was supposed to be outside and then cut all the way across the plate and he hammered it. The at-bat with Bruce was really pivotal, though, because I had him with two strikes and couldn’t put him away. That was 100 percent on me; it didn’t have anything to do with anybody else. There was no bad hops or anything like that. I just made a bad pitch instead of making a good pitch and he hit it off the wall. So that’s kind of what turned the game around. That and me popping up the bunt [in the third] were two of the things that I’m going to be extremely upset about for a long part of the season.”

Alden

6 Comments

CJ is not an ACE. Never was, never will be. He is a middle of the rotation guy (or a nice setup man/reliever). Does not have the mental strength to close.

I agree. I’m glad the Rangers no longer have him. He is a mouth and little else. BTW, what is Hamilton’s batting average? Has he chased any low inside pitches? Thought so. GO RANGERS!!!!!

Try not to blow a World Series first

Man is this guy Golden,
a virtual Treasure land of exuses. CJ you should add writing a book of exuses to your endless list of lame hobbies.
This guy is a loser if ever I saw one. Always has been, Always will be. The Fun part will watching Angels Fans chime in with his exuse making ( convincing themselves that Wilson and Hamilton don’t suck ) so they don’t have admit they fired one retard GM only to hire another retard GM.

Very . . Very sloooow clap. . Keep it going Jedi

Oh you haven’t seen anything yet, this was only the second game of the season. He has the whole remainder of the season to suck equally as bad.
He has perhaps the highest ceiling of suckage of any pitcher in the game today, the only thing he does more than suck is make exuses.
Cj you have not stopped Boo Hooing and crying about the Rangers not offering you a contract after that joke of a 2 year run at starting in Texas, if you really want to know why. Take a look at last tuesday nights Rangers game in Houston, then look at your latest outing in Cincy . . . I will allow you to reach your own conclusions afterwards.

about the facial hair). Let’s face it Philly is a bteter team, but like 2006 the bteter doesn’t always win.I can’t wait to see the fresh new faces around this team in the next couple of years.

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