A Look Back At 2012: C.J. Wilson

By Jason Evans

C.J. Wilson was the second part of the Los Angeles Angels free agency spending spree that landed them Wilson and Albert Pujols. 2012 didn’t turn out the way the Angels and Wilson wanted to. Wilson is just in his third year of starting and finished 13-10 with a 3.83 ERA all of which are career lows as a starter. His control was an issue, walking 91 in 202 innings. After the season, it was revealed that he had bone spurs in his elbow that he got surgery on. Wilson is a bulldog, a guy you want on your team as a part of your rotation, and he should be just fine moving forward.

Sep 19, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher C.J. Wilson (33) pitches against the Texas Rangers at Angels Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

2012 Game of the Year: His May 22nd performance against the Oakland A’s is the standout. Wilson threw eight shutout innings, giving up only one hit, walked two and struck out seven that night. It was one of only two starts in which he didn’t give up a run.2013 Outlook: Wilson should be just fine after getting his bone spurs cleared out of his elbow. That was probably his problem this year, with his erratic control. You could see something like this happening at some point. Throwing over 200 innings the past three years after only throwing 70 as a career high will cause some stress to the elbow. I don’t think it’s unrealisitc to expect a 16-8 year with a ERA around three. Wilson be just fine and either the team’s number two or three starter next year and for the next couple of years after that.