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Brian Wilson has a 0.79 ERA for the Dodgers

Sep 23, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

Dodgers' Wilson watches the game against the Diamondbacks in the seventh inning during their MLB National League baseball game in Phoenix Reuters

No one knew quite what to expect from Brian Wilson when the Dodgers signed him to a minor-league deal in late July. He’d missed nearly one-and-a-half seasons since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery and some reports questioned how much his raw stuff had returned.

It turns out, he’s been pretty damn good. Wilson got a call-up to the Dodgers in mid-August and has appeared in 15 games, throwing 11.1 innings with a 0.79 ERA and 10/3 K/BB ratio while holding opponents to a .211 batting average and zero homers. He’s also stranded 10 of 11 inherited runners. And while his velocity hasn’t quite returned to pre-surgery levels Wilson has averaged 92.9 miles per hour with his fastball.

Wilson is still just 31 years old and with free agency around the corner he’s put himself in line for a nice payday and possibly another closing gig next season.

  1. rickdobrydney - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    I gotta say, all pitching prowess aside, that “beard” is the ugliest thinbg I have ever seen on a human being —- really— what is this clown thinking——

    • losangelesfan - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      It means he’s a multimillionaire that can do whatever the hell he wants within Don Mattingly’s rules.

      • neoshweaty - Sep 23, 2013 at 1:00 PM

        Mattingly caught enough flack for his sideburns. I hope he lets his team go wild with the hair.

    • Old Gator - Sep 23, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      He’s thinking, “I own you, meat – let’s see you hit this.” Nothing else that he thinks is any of your business.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 23, 2013 at 2:17 PM

        The whale…the whale…

      • Old Gator - Sep 23, 2013 at 5:20 PM

        Okay, because you asked for it:

        http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5130/5245058497_f33d082be3_z.jpg

  2. nbjays - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    “No one new quite what to expect…”

    No one “new”?? Really, Aaron?

    I know it might sound nitpicky, but this is one of those things that spellcheck just won’t catch and I would expect someone who writes for a living to not make this sort of mistake.

    Rant over. Bring on the anti-grammar police crowd.

    • nbjays - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      And, as a courtesy to posters, if someone points out a mistake, error, misspelling, whatever, and you subsequently fix said mistake, it would be nice if you could just delete the post that pointed it out, since it is no longer necesary.

      • kopy - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:17 PM

        Someone who writes a weekly column for a living might catch it, but Aaron’s posted 6 blog posts this morning. And it’s Monday.

      • nbjays - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:26 PM

        This is true. AND, just to add to the irony, I misspelled “necessary” in my follow-up post. Can I blame that on Monday as well? :-)

  3. newyorkshets - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    This Dbag has barely pitched for 2 months. Stupid ass bearded buffoon. Go cardinals!

  4. seahawks55 - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Besides the beard, the first thing I notice about Wilson is the tremendous physical shape he is always in. I’m surprised it took him so long to catch on with a team. Smart on the dodgers for grabbing him.

  5. temporarilyexiled - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    I say he keeps the beard and plays for the Pirates…or Buccaneers…with pirate hat, eye patch, earring, etc.

  6. doubleogator - Sep 23, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    very strange human being….

    • Old Gator - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:30 PM

      However, if he’s ackcherley a replicant – and you can’t dismiss the possibility offhand, can you? – he’s not very strange at all.

  7. aceshigh11 - Sep 23, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Here’s an even more fun fact:

    His beard has a 0.48 ERA this season. ZING!

  8. blabidibla - Sep 23, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Nope, still wrong. No matter how well he pitches, he simply cannot be a Dodger in my mind.

    • dannymac17 - Sep 23, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      Then you are more than welcome to stop commenting on articles related to him.

      • blabidibla - Oct 2, 2013 at 3:35 PM

        No thanks.

        Can’t wait for the Giants secret weapon to blow a clutch game in the playoffs.

        Anyone but the Dodgers.

  9. rob662013 - Sep 23, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    So what team will he pitch for next year? I’ll predict that the Tigers come roaring in with an offer

    • crackersnap - Sep 23, 2013 at 5:25 PM

      Or the Yankees. They could make him a dandy deal.

      • blynch67 - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:34 PM

        I was thinking the Yankees, but, THE BEARD!

      • crackersnap - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:55 PM

        Tigers…roaring
        Yankee…Doodle…

        (whoosh)

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