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Pre-game preview: C.J. Wilson

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W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - C.J. Wilson 15-8 33 33 3 0 0 0 204.0 161 83 76 10 93 170 3.35 1.25

I was going to write a big feature post on C.J. Wilson that highlighted his similarities to Jonathan Sanchez -- same walk rate, same unsustainably low hit totals -- but a pair of miracle tickets made their way to me. So now I'm scrambling to get out of work, get my kid into a kennel, and get on a train. Instead, I'll just leave you with the following statistics for Wilson and Sanchez, adjusted for the different leagues. Enjoy!


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Jonathan Sanchez - AL Translated Stats
1-19 34 33 0 0 0 0 193.1 242 174 166 51 196 85 7.36 2.27


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - C.J. Wilson - NL Translated Stats 22-2 33 33 13 0 0 0 264.0 101 33 26 -1 37 370 0.89 0.52

 

 

The main differences are, of course:

  • Of Sanchez's 205 strikeouts, 200 of them came when he was facing a pitcher. Look it up.
  • Sanchez pitched in the NL West, which didn't have hitters parks like Safeco or Oakland.
  • The National League has teams like the Pirates and Nationals; the American League is completely devoid of bad teams.

So while it might seem like Wilson is comparable to Sanchez -- that is, a talented, if erratic, pitcher who had a good season -- don't be fooled. The American League factor is really something to worry about with every pitcher, both on our side and theirs.

Now if you'll excuse me...