In his third season with the Los Angeles Angels, C.J. Wilson is arguably in his most important year with the team as the second pitcher in the starting rotation behind Jered Weaver.
The Angels, through the first month of the season, have dealt with inconsistency from their pitching staff and part of that has come from Wilson, who has a 3-2 record with a respectable 3.69 ERA, 33 strikeouts and a 1.29 WHIP in five outings this season. Although his ERA may not be the issue, it is how he has performed in his two losses this season.
The 33-year-0ld has been able to pitch at least five innings in each of his starts, but has given up at least three runs in both games. He failed to reach six innings pitched in both which resulted in losses for the team. Wilson has looked great in his three wins this season as he has a 2.00 ERA with 21 out of his 33 strikeouts over those starts, but it is how he has played in the games that he has lost. He has given up nine runs on 15 hits with five walks in 10.2 innings in his losses.
In order for the Angels to maintain success, such as their current two-game winning streak, they will need the nine-year veteran to pitch with some consistency — even in his losses — by limiting the damage when he is not pitching well. Wilson was able to do that last season as he allowed just three runs or less in all seven of his losses. And, he had 24 quality starts that kept his team in the game even when he didn’t have his best stuff on the mound.
What this shows is that Wilson has the ability to be a dominant pitcher, but also give his team a chance to win each game when he struggles. When it comes down to it, Wilson needs to find a way to remain consistent — just as he was able to last season — in order for Los Angeles to have some consistent success. This is also important given Weaver’s continued struggles that all point to the Angels needing the lefty to lead the charge now more than ever before.