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C.J. Wilson thrives in first start since 2005

Apr 9, 2010, 9:29 AM EDT

Despite a 3.75 ERA, 51 saves, and 231 strikeouts in 233 innings as a reliever over the past four seasons C.J. Wilson campaigned for a spot in the Rangers’ rotation this spring, won the third-starter gig, and tossed seven shutout innings Thursday in his first start since way back in August of 2005.
Wilson was very impressive against the Blue Jays with nine strikeouts versus just five hits and two walks, but Frank Francisco blew his win by serving up a homer to the red hot Vernon Wells in the ninth inning.
I picked Texas to win the AL West despite not feeling particularly confident about their rotation, but Wilson going from good setup man to solid middle-of-the-rotation starter would go a long way toward changing that. Assuming Francisco gets back on track and Neftali Feliz dominates in Wilson’s old setup role, of course.

  1. Proudly Canadian - Apr 9, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    Wilson pitched well; however, Texas was outpitched by Toronto in the series. Texas fans should be concerned about that rotation. Vernon Wells feasted on his home town team’s pitchers. I guess he did not like what you had written about him.

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