C.J. Wilson gave up nine hits and six earned runs through five and two-thirds innings on Sunday night. He struck out four and walked one. Wilson threw a total of 94 pitches, with 57 for strikes.
Fantasy Impact: The southpaw definitely went way south of his previous performance, which was eight innings of scoreless ball against the Mariners. Last Tuesday looked like a rebound from his 2014 season, but today hopefully was only a tiny, nonrecurring echo. However, Wilson faces the Astros in Houston on Saturday, which may be reason enough to keep him on the bench. After all, a 7.07 ERA last year in three Minute Maid Park might not be worth the heartburn.
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Thu, Apr 9th 9:23am EDT
By Will Thompson
Angels starter C.J. Wilson silenced the Seattle lineup on Tuesday by throwing eight shutout innings with an efficient 96 pitches. The southpaw allowed two hits and one walk with two strikeouts.
Fantasy Impact: After a 2014 where Wilson tallied a woeful 4.51 ERA and 1.45 WHIP, Angels fans and fantasy players were desperate for this type of performance to kick off 2015. His next start is on Sunday, April 12th against the Royals, a team that has scored 17 runs in their first two games. Maybe weekly league owners should give him a spot on the bench if they are ahead in match-ups that end on Sunday...
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C.J. Wilson pitched three quality innings on March 7th, giving up two hits and striking out two A's batters while walking none. Wilson later said that pitch location was his biggest priority this spring.
Fantasy Impact: Wilson finished 2014 with his highest career ERA and WHIP as a starting pitcher at 4.51 and 1.45, and pitch location was certainly a sizable issue. His strike-to-ball ratio fell from 62% in 2013 to 58% in 2014, increasing his BB/9 to 4.35. Wilson's Swing %, or percent of the time batters swing at pitches, dropped down to 38% after hovering around 42% in 2011-2013. The lefty's pitch mix also radically changed in 2014, as he moved away from his cutter and slider to throw more curveballs and changeups. Wilson will need to improve his control this spring for fantasy players to rely on him beyond spot starts against lineups that struggle against southpaws.
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Sun, Dec 7th 12:12pm EST
By Jesse A. Morse, MD, MBA
The Angels are making C.J. Wilson available in trade, potentially aiming for bigger pitching talent like Jon Lester, Max Scherzer, and James Shields, who are available in free agency. (Source: CBC Sports' Jon Heyman)
Fantasy Impact: After a fantastic 2013 campaign, going 17-7 with a 3.39 ERA, Wilson struggled in 2014, going 13-10 with a 4.51 ERA. A fair projection for the 34 year-old is a 12-8 record, pitching about 180 innings with 3.95 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 2015. At this point Wilson is a third or fourth SP. although this could change if he gets traded to a less hitter-friendly division. Wilson's availability should stimulate the pitching market and is a storyline to watch.