Los Angeles Angels Need Better Season From C.J. Wilson In 2013

By Andy Schmidt
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C.J. Wilson made the move to the Los Angeles Angels before the 2012 season after signing a huge five-year contract. Wilson was far from effective, even with a 13-10 record, and with a weakened pitching staff now for the Angels, he must be better in 2013. The Angels are basically down to Wilson and Jered Weaver at the top of their rotation after letting Zack Greinke go across town to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Wilson has some things that I believe he needs to improve on this season.

The first thing I think that would work is finding a way to limit his walks. Wilson walked 91 batters in 202 innings last season and if you tack on the 181 hits he gave up, that is well over one runner per inning allowed. The Angels have enough offense to overcome a lot of those mistakes but for a pitcher who is in just his fourth year of being a starting pitcher, it is now the time to make the step forward.

Wilson could be on track to win 15 or 16 games this season for the Angels, but needs to get back to his levels from the 2010 and 2011 seasons. That may seem easier said than done unless he gets his WHIP down and can help the Angels get back to the playoffs.

Wilson is already 32 years old and with a team that is very similar to what he had while with the Texas Rangers, this could be the best chance for him to win a title. It will be a season to pay close attention to him.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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