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Justin Wilson | Relief Pitcher | #38

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 8/18/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 203
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Fresno State
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 5 (0) / PIT
Contract: view contract details
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Justin Wilson earned a win Thursday in the Tigers' defeat of the Rays.
Wilson struck out two of the four batters he faced in a scoreless top of the ninth to keep the game tied 3-3 and Miguel Cabrera socked a walkoff two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to secure a 5-3 victory for Detroit. Wilson, the Tigers' primary closer, allowed a go-ahead solo shot to Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta in his previous appearance. Jun 16 - 12:32 PM

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Justin Wilson struck out two batters in a scoreless ninth inning to lock down a save in a 6-5 victory over the Royals on Wednesday.

Alex Gordon hit a one-out single but was unable to advance beyond first base. The save was Wilson's fifth since taking over ninth inning duties from Francisco Rodriguez. His grip on the closer's gig is solid despite a near meltdown over the weekend. Wilson has a 2.86 ERA with 35 strikeouts and six walks in 22 innings.
Jun 1 - 12:27 AM

Justin Wilson gave up three runs in a non-save situation against the White Sox on Saturday.

He was called upon to protect a 4-0 lead in the ninth inning and nearly blew it. A Tim Anderson single plated the first run, then Yolmer Sanchez tripled in two more to make the score 4-3. Wilson was confronted with the tying run on third base and only one out, but he was able to strike out the next two batters to extinguish the threat. The bad outing caused his ERA to rise from 1.89 to 3.15 in one swoop. He has three saves since taking over as the Tigers' closer from Francisco Rodriguez. Wilson has racked up a stellar 33 strikeouts (including three today) and just five walks in 20 innings of work.
May 27 - 10:35 PM

MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Tigers will make all veterans available via trade if they're still under .500 by the end of June.

It's the same stance they seemingly had going into last winter before they wound up essentially just standing pat. However, the Tigers have an aging roster that seems unlikely to be in the thick of the playoff race and also the desire to cut payroll, so it's not hard to see the writing on the wall here. Morosi notes that Justin Wilson drew the most interest of any Tigers player last offseason and that interest has surely only piqued given how good he's been in the first two months. However, we could see Detroit unload several players, from impending free agent J.D. Martinez to possibly even Justin Verlander. The Tigers are currently two games under .500 and 4.5 games behind the Twins in the American League Central.
May 26 - 1:07 PM

Justin Wilson gave up a hit and a walk in the ninth inning but held on for the save against the Orioles on Wednesday.

He was called upon to protect a one-run lead and got the job done. He made it interesting by giving up an infield single and a walk before bearing down to retire the side without allowing a run to score. It was his third save of the season. He has been rock solid with a 1.50 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 18 innings.
May 17 - 11:00 PM

Justin Wilson took his first blown save Tuesday in the Tigers' loss to the Orioles.

Wilson struck out Seth Smith to close out the top of the eighth, but he surrendered a game-tying solo homer to Mark Trumbo in the top of the ninth and the Orioles eventually won the game in 13 innings. Wilson had been close to perfect since taking over as the Tigers' closer and he should still have a good hold on the job. Francisco Rodriguez was handed the loss Tuesday after serving up a go-ahead two-run shot to Chris Davis in the top of the 13th.
May 17 - 12:35 AM

Justin Wilson struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning in Saturday's game against the Angels.

Wilson threw 10 of his 13 pitches for strikes while lowering his ERA to 1.15. The team's new closer has been untouchable this season, posting an impressive 0.51 WHIP through 17 appearances. He has an unbelievable 26 strikeouts with just four walks over 15 2/3 innings so far this season.
May 14 - 3:35 AM

Justin Wilson worked a perfect ninth inning with a strikeout in a non-save situation Tuesday in Arizona.

Wilson threw 11 of his 15 pitches for strikes in the tidy effort, his first appearance since being tabbed as the new closer by skipper Brad Ausmus. If you haven't already staked your claim, grab Wilson in all standard fantasy formats. He has been untouchable with a 1.23 ERA, 0.55 WHIP and 23/4 K/BB ratio across 14 2/3 innings.
May 10 - 3:01 AM

Justin Wilson has been named the Tigers' new closer.

Francisco Rodriguez was officially demoted to a lower-leverage role on Tuesday after blowing two saves over the weekend in Oakland. He has an awful 8.49 ERA and 2.06 WHIP over 13 total appearances this season. Wilson, meanwhile, has registered a 1.32 ERA, 0.59 WHIP, and 22/4 K/BB ratio in 13 2/3 innings. He's a must-own in all standard fantasy leagues.
May 9 - 6:54 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Monday that Justin Wilson will serve as the team's set-up man.

Wilson is a logical choice given the alternatives in this bullpen, though playing the matchups could make more sense. The 29-year-old southpaw filled in for Francisco Rodriguez to notch a save Saturday against the Red Sox. He's coming off a 4.14 ERA and 65/17 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings in 2016. The newly-promoted Joe Jimenez could quickly earn his way to late-inning duties, but Wilson is the handcuff for K-Rod for now.
Apr 10 - 11:24 AM

Justin Wilson worked a perfect ninth inning with a pair of strikeouts on Saturday, protecting a three-run advantage to earn his first save of the season.

Francisco Rodriguez was used for multiple innings on Friday and was unavailable for this one, so Tigers' skipper Brad Ausmus turned to Wilson to get the job done. The setup corps for the Tigers looks to be in flux so it's anyone's guess who should be the handcuff for Rodriguez owners, but Wilson is as good of a bet as any.
Apr 8 - 6:35 PM

Justin Wilson (hamstring) threw a bullpen session Friday.

Wilson has dealt with right hamstring soreness this week, but it appears he's over it. He'll again be a setup man for the Tigers this season.
Mar 3 - 1:04 PM

Justin Wilson (hamstring) is still not throwing off a mound yet.

Wilson has been battling a sore right hamstring for a few days and remains limited to flat-ground throwing. The left-handed reliever is day-to-day.
Mar 3 - 11:18 AM

Justin Wilson continued to feel tightness in his sore right hamstring during Wednesday's side session.

Wilson was scratched from Wednesday's Grapefruit League contest against the Nationals due to a sore right hamstring. The hope was that his injury would respond well to a side session, but it continues to bother the 29-year-old reliever. He is going to be shut down for several days before he throws again.
Mar 1 - 4:41 PM

Justin Wilson is dealing with mild right hamstring soreness.

It doesn't sound like a major concern, but the Tigers are being careful with him. He's going to throw a side session rather than pitch in a game. The southpaw won't need much work to get ready for the season.
Mar 1 - 10:26 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1James McCann
2Alex Avila
3John Hicks
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Dixon Machado
3B1Nicholas Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Alex Presley
2Mikie Mahtook
3Andrew Romine
4Matt den Dekker
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Jim Adduci
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Verlander
2Michael Fulmer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Daniel Norris
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Justin Wilson
2Shane Greene
3Alex Wilson
4Bruce Rondon
5Warwick Saupold
6Chad Bell
7Daniel Stumpf