In his second year with the Los Angeles Angels, C.J. Wilson was one of the bright spots on the pitching staff in the 2013 regular season where the team ranked in the bottom half of the league in many important pitching statistical categories.
The 33 year old, in his in ninth year as a major leaguer, had one of his best seasons as a starting pitcher, as he was fifth in the league in wins with a 17-7 to go along with a 3.39 ERA, 188 strikeouts, 1.34 WHIP in 212.1 innings pitched. Although he did have a career-worst 200 hits allowed, Wilson was a workhorse for the Halos last year, as it was the fourth consecutive season since becoming a starter in 2010 that he was able to throw for at least 200 innings and have 30-plus start.
What was most impressive was Wilson’s ability to keep his team in games throughout the year, as he gave up three-plus runs in only five of his starts and made 26 quality starts by going at least six innings and giving up three runs over fewer. This also includes the tw0-time All-Star going 8-1 with a 3.42 ERA in the second half of the season and tailing off nine wins in a row before losing in his final start of the year. Wilson may not have dominating stuff, but his ability to be a solid No. 2 pitcher behind Jered Weaver has been key to the Angels maintaining some sort of resemblance of a pitching staff.
With Weaver looking to rebound and improve off a subpar 2013 season, Wilson will have the ability to go out there and perform well by doing the things that made him a successful pitcher last year. Unlike last season, he be looking to impart his knowledge and provide any help he can give to the Halos’ two new young arms in Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs, who are looking to help solidify the starting rotation.
If Wilson is able to stay healthy next season, expect him to once again be a solid No. 2 pitcher on the Halos’ pitching staff that is looking to erase last year’s atrocious pitching performance and help the team reclaim their first AL West title since 2009.
What can we expect from the Angels in 2014? Will this upgrade help improve their pitching staff? We’re only a few short months away from finding out.