Success of C.J. Wilson Being Overshadowed by Poor LA Angels Season

By Randy Holt
C.J. Wilson
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The Los Angeles Angels have been perhaps the most disappointing team in baseball. A team with a sky high payroll, and such a star-studded roster, has failed to reach the postseason for the second consecutive year with high expectations. However, there have been some individual successes throughout the season.

The rotation has been very impressive recently, particularly C.J. Wilson. Coming off a season in which he had an awful second half of the year, mostly due to some health woes, many wondered how Wilson would rebound. He has done so, though he hasn’t gotten the publicity deserved for how strong he’s been throughout 2013.

The season didn’t get off to the greatest of starts for Wilson. He struggled out of the gate, but has gotten better as the season has worn on. His year has been highlighted by a month of August where he’s been nothing short of dominant. His improvement has been a major reason that this rotation has been able to string together some serious success in the latter portion of the season.

Wilson’s overall numbers on the season are very good. He has a 3.36 ERA for the year, combined with a 3.32 FIP. His strikeouts per nine are back up where they are for his career average, at a touch over eight, while his walks are back down as well. His home run rate is the lowest it’s been in three years.

Those numbers have progressively gotten better throughout the year. His ERA has dipped in each month as the season has worn on, going from over four in April, slowly to creeping to under three for the month of August. His FIP for the month is at a 3.13 clip, and he’s stranding more runners than he has at any point during the season.

This season has definitely represented a rebound for C.J. Wilson. Coming off of offseason surgery, many wondered if he’d be able to return to that form he flashed in 2011, his first season with the Halos. He has certainly done so, but his success has been somewhat overshadowed by the shortcomings of the Angels as a team.

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