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C.J. Wilson | Starting Pitcher

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (34) / 11/18/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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C.J. Wilson posted a strong start against the Astros on Saturday, allowing two earned runs over 6 1/3 innings.
Up, down, up. That's how Wilson's season has started. He did not allow a run to the Mariners in his first start, then allowed six earned runs against the Royals, then pitched very well against the Astros. In the contest, he struck out eight and allowed just three hits, though he did walk four. The only direct damage on his line came on a solo homer by George Springer in the sixth. The veteran lefty is more liable to allow big innings than he was in his prime, but he still has enough talent left in the arm that starts like Saturday's are not complete aberrations. Wilson will try to break his pattern of good and bad starts when he returns home to pitch against the A's. Apr 18 - 11:38 PM

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C.J. Wilson was rocked by the Royals on Sunday, allowing seven runs (six earned) on nine hits over 5 2/3 innings.

Wilson shut down the Mariners in his first start, but it was a much different story on Sunday. The Royals scored four runs in the second inning, two in the fifth and one in the sixth. They did all of this without hitting a home run. Instead, they opted to water-torture Wilson, racking up nine hits. Wilson's a veteran and should be able to rebound from the tough start, but the reality is that at this point in his career, he's going to be more prone to rough outings like this. In 2014, he posted a 4.51 ERA in 175 2/3 innings. That's about who he is as a pitcher these days. The Astros are up next for the lefty.
Apr 12 - 6:40 PM

C.J. Wilson needed only 96 pitches to get through eight shutout innings in a win against the Mariners on Tuesday.

It's difficult to start a season any better than Wilson just did. The lefty limited the Mariners to just two hits and a walk while striking out two. Huston Street preserved the win with a scoreless ninth. Wilson will look to repeat the performance in his second start of the season on the road against the Rangers.
Apr 8 - 12:25 AM

C.J. Wilson was hit hard in a losing effort against the Diamondbacks on Friday, surrendering five runs (one earned) on nine hits and a pair of walks over 4 2/3 innings.

Wilson punched out three on the afternoon. While his defense didn't do him any favors, the veteran left-hander was far too hittable to have success in this one. Still, he boasts a 2.31 ERA and 7/6 K/BB ratio over 11 2/3 on the Cactus League season.
Mar 27 - 7:37 PM

C.J. Wilson allowed two runs in 4 1/3 innings as the Angels topped the Giants 3-2 on Sunday.

Both runs scored on solo home runs by Matt Duffy and Justin Maxwell. The lefty allowed only one other hit, but walked four while striking out two. It was Wilson's first outing since March 7, as he's battled a minor knee injury and an illness. He is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season. Wilson is hoping to bounce back from last season's struggles, when he led the league with 85 walks and posted a 4.51 ERA in 175 2/3 innings.
Mar 22 - 6:45 PM

C.J. Wilson (knee, illness) is scheduled to start a Cactus League game on Sunday.

Wilson tossed two scoreless innings in an instrasquad game Wednesday and felt fine. The veteran left-hander had to be scratched from a Cactus League appearance earlier this month after tweaking his knee during pitchers' fielding practice and he missed another scheduled outing last week because of an illness. Wilson should be fine to make a start during the first week of the Angels' regular season schedule.
Mar 18 - 4:42 PM

C.J. Wilson (knee, illness) threw two scoreless innings Wednesday in an intrasquad game.

Wilson has missed two straight Cactus League appearances, the first after he tweaked his left knee and the most recent one due to illness. However, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com notes that his stuff "looked good" on Wednesday. He's on track to make three more spring starts before the second game of the regular season.
Mar 18 - 3:23 PM

C.J. Wilson was scratched from Tuesday's Cactus League start.

Wilson is apparently dealing with an illness. This will actually be the second straight start he has missed, as he was scratched from an appearance last Thursday after tweaking his left knee. The veteran southpaw should return to action soon, but his first appearance of the season could be pushed back in order for him to get stretched out.
Mar 17 - 11:43 AM

C.J. Wilson (knee) expects to take his next turn in the Angels' spring rotation.

Wilson had to be scratched from a scheduled appearance Thursday after tweaking his knee Wednesday during pitchers' fielding practice. It's not a serious injury.
Mar 12 - 12:30 PM

C.J. Wilson tweaked his knee in a PFP drill and will miss Thursday's start.

Angels' manager Mike Scioscia said that he believed that Wilson tweaked his right knee. Right now, there's not much information on Wilson's status other than that he will miss his next start. The veteran lefty will be reevaluated over the next few days.
Mar 11 - 1:11 PM

C.J. Wilson allowed an unearned run over three innings facing the Athletics on Saturday in his Cactus League debut.

The run was plated in Wilson's last inning of work thanks in part to a throwing error by C.J. Cron. Overall, Wilson allowed two hits, walked none, and struck out two. The lefty is hoping to bounce back from a mediocre 2014 in which he finished with a 4.51 ERA and a 151/85 K/BB ratio in 175 2/3 innings.
Mar 7 - 7:02 PM

Angels GM Jerry Dipoto told reporters late Monday that he has not discussed trading C.J. Wilson.

Probably because the offers haven't been pouring in for the 34-year-old left-hander, who posted a rough 4.51 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 175 2/3 innings this past season and is owed a total of $38 million through 2016. The Angels would obviously like to find a taker for him, but it's probably not going to happen this winter. Unless they're willing to eat a whole bunch of money.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 09:28:00 AM

MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez hears that the Angels "have gotten some hits" on starter C.J. Wilson.

But Anaheim is going to have to eat a large chunk of the $38 million remaining on Wilson's contract, so it's not a certainty that the 34-year-old left-hander will be moved. Wilson posted an ugly 4.51 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 175 2/3 innings this past season for the Angels and then got beat up in his one ALDS start.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 04:36:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Angels are making C.J. Wilson available via trade.

The idea, Heyman suggests, is to unload Wilson and then go after a rotation upgrade like Max Scherzer or James Shields. However, Heyman also notes that the Angels aren't willing to eat any of the $36 million remaining on Wilson's contract, which could make trading him difficult given how much pitching is available. Wilson has overall been pretty solid in his three years in Anaheim, but Heyman says he "seemed to lose favor from some quarters of the organization" due to a poor second half followed by an ALDS start that saw him record just two outs.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 11:59:00 AM

Pitching for his team’s postseason life, C.J. Wilson was unable to make it out of the first inning against the Royals in Game 3 of the ALDS on Sunday, surrendering three runs on three hits in just 2/3 of an inning.

The veteran left-hander walked one and struck out one in the extremely short outing. The disappointing inning came after Mike Trout had already staked the Angels to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. A pair of singles and a two-out walk loaded the bases against him, before Alex Gordon broke the game open with a three-run double to center that chased him from the ballgame. Never one to shine on the biggest stage, Wilson now owns a 5.67 career ERA in the postseason.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 11:16:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Chris Iannetta
2Drew Butera
1B1Albert Pujols
2B1Johnny Giavotella
2Taylor Featherston
SS1Erick Aybar
3B1David Freese
LF1Matt Joyce
2Josh Hamilton
CF1Mike Trout
RF1Kole Calhoun
2Collin Cowgill
DH1C.J. Cron
2Efren Navarro
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jered Weaver
2C.J. Wilson
3Hector Santiago
4Matt Shoemaker
5Garrett Richards
6Tyler Skaggs
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Huston Street
2Joe Smith
3Mike Morin
4Fernando Salas
5Cory Rasmus
6Cesar Ramos
7Vinnie Pestano
8Adam Wilk