Hot Stove Targeting: C.J Wilson

C.J Wilson made his debut on June 12, 2005 with the Texas Rangers and has shown to have been a dominant force on the team since, recording a 43-31 record from 2005-2011. Wilson will be a free agent after the 2011 season and he is on the radar of many teams, including the New York Yankees. Although the Yankees are not as interested in C.J Wilson as you would like them to be, Wilson has untapped potential which made him a rising star, but the question that all of us have on our minds; Is C.J Wilson New York Yankees material?

C.J Wilson has pitched 223.1 innings this season with a .294 ERA

Positives: C.J Wilson was relief pitcher converted into a starting pitcher, and he seemed to have converted quite nicely. In 2005, Wilson had a horrendous 1-7 record but he turned that all around in 2011 when he went 16-7 with 223.1 innings under his belt along with 206 K’s. Wilson’s numbers earned him a spot into the All-Star game, which actually turned into a negative but we’ll get to that later. Wilson also has a .294 ERA in which he only gave up 73 runs. Here are some of C.J Wilson'[s #’s during the regular season since 2005:

 

Year Age Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS IP H R SO WHIP
2001 20 TEX-min 2 2 .500 2.01 13 13 71.2 54 19 75 1.005 PUL,SAV · APPY,SALL
2002 21 TEX-min 11 2 .846 2.78 31 20 136.0 109 54 93 1.191 CHT,TUL · FLOR,TL
2003 22 TEX-min 6 9 .400 5.05 22 21 123.0 135 79 89 1.407 FRI · TL
2005 24 TEX-min 0 5 .000 4.17 16 16 58.1 61 37 57 1.354 FRI,BAK · TL,CALL
2005 24 TEX 1 7 .125 6.94 24 6 48.0 63 39 30 1.688
2006 25 TEX-min 1 0 1.000 2.51 13 0 14.1 13 4 23 1.395 OKC,FRI · PCL,TL
2006 25 TEX 2 4 .333 4.06 44 0 44.1 39 23 43 1.286
2007 26 TEX 2 1 .667 3.03 66 0 68.1 50 25 63 1.215
2008 27 TEX 2 2 .500 6.02 50 0 46.1 49 35 41 1.640
2009 28 TEX 5 6 .455 2.81 74 0 73.2 66 29 84 1.330
2010 29 TEX 15 8 .652 3.35 33 33 204.0 161 83 170 1.245
2011 30 TEX 16 7 .696 2.94 34 34 223.1 191 89 206 1.187
7 Seasons 43 35 .551 3.60 325 73 708.0 619 323 637 1.291
162 Game Avg. 7 6 .551 3.60 56 12 121 106 55 109 1.291
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/2/2011.

Negatives: C.J Wilson’s negatives are a little easier to distinguish than his positives. Wilson cannot seem to pitch in high profile situations. Let’s take the All-Star game for example. Wilson gave up the lead by giving up a 3 run home

In his career in the postseason, C.J Wilson is 1-5 with a 4.82 ERA. Not exactly what the Yankees would want from a pitcher in the postseason.

to Milwaukee Brewer Prince Fielder, which gives the National League home field advantage and Wilson the loss. Kind of ironic how the Rangers don’t have home field advantage because of C.J. Wilson also has some issues with pitching in the postseason. In 2010 & 2011 combined, Wilson is 1-5 with a 4.94 ERA. It is important to get into the postseason but if you are a team that wants to win the World Series, then it is important that you keep up production for when I really matters. Now…here is a chart for C.J Wilson’s postseason’s numbers and I should tell you, they are not pretty:

Year Age Tm Lg Series Rslt Opp W L W-L% ERA G GS IP H R SO WHIP
2010 29 TEX AL ALDS W TBR 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 6.1 2 0 7 0.632
2010 29 TEX AL ALCS W NYY 0 1 .000 6.00 2 2 12.0 12 9 6 1.500
2010 29 TEX AL WS L SFG 0 1 .000 3.00 1 1 6.0 3 2 4 0.833
2011 30 TEX AL ALDS W TBR 0 1 .000 10.80 1 1 5.0 7 8 6 1.600
2011 30 TEX AL ALCS W DET 0 1 .000 6.75 2 2 10.2 14 8 11 1.969
2011 30 TEX AL WS L STL 0 1 .000 2.92 3 2 12.1 8 5 9 1.541
2 Seasons (6 Series) 1 5 .167 4.82 10 9 52.1 46 32 43 1.433
2 ALDS 1 1 .500 4.76 2 2 11.1 9 8 13 1.059
2 ALCS 0 2 .000 6.35 4 4 22.2 26 17 17 1.721
2 WS 0 2 .000 2.95 4 3 18.1 11 7 13 1.309
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/2/2011.

Is C.J Wilson A Fit For The Yankees: Before the post season I thought C.J WIlson would be the perfect fit for the Yankees, but after watching the postseason, it seems that his value goes down a little bit after every sour performance. The Yankees goal is to get to the World Series so they could win #28, but they can’t possibly do that if they have a pitcher that is 1-5 in the postseason. Let’s face it, even A.J Burnett knows when it’s time to play hard and win so if A.J can do it then it shouldn’t be hard for C.J. At this point there are no real rumblings for C.J but if I were the Rangers I would try to hang onto “pretty boy” for as long as they can because right now, I don’t think I can picture “Starting Pitcher, C.J Wilson, #36 of the New York Yankees.”

About Delia E.

Delia Enriquez is the managing editor of Yankees Fans Unite. She enjoys analyzing the New York Yankees whether it be their pitching, roster or their manager. You can follow her on twitter @dfiregirl4 for more tweets, analysis and opinion on the Yankees.

Posted on November 4, 2011, in Hot Stove and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Delia, great article. Cj is not a number 1 or number 2 really yet in my mind. he would be a great addition to the Yankees though. I just hope he doesn’t use the Yankees to jack the price to get a higher price from texas to stay with them.

  2. I also soured on C.J. after watching him struggle this post-season. However, it’s always important for us to keep things in perspective and remember its a very small amount of games.

    CC Sabathia was 2-3 with a 6.43 ERA in 5 Post-season starts before the Yanks signed him. Then he led us to the WS in his first season going 3-1, 1.99 ERA in 5 starts.

    CJ would still be a big help to our team and I’d take him at the right price. Unfortunately, the going rate will probably be somewhere around 5 yrs – $80M which is what Burnett, Lackey & Beckett got. I don’t know if I’d go that much for CJ.

    • Both of you guys have to remember that the Tigers and Cardinals were not a good match up for Wilson. Those teams are very heavy with right handed hitting.

      I don’t think his post season troubles are that big of a deal. In 2010 it was his first year starting, going over 200 innings so how strong was he late in the post season? This year he pitched more innings and had the added burden of being asked every minute about his free agency status. That was a lot of extra pressure put on him that will not be there going forward.

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