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Entries in c.j. wilson (12)


C.J. Wilson Protecting a Lead

Lost in Game 2 of the World Series was another strong outing by C.J. Wilson. It seems like every query we run Mr. Wilson shows up as a top performer.

Let's take a look at the pitchers that hold their opponents to the lowest average when they are protecting a 1 run game... Hello again, Mr. Wilson.

Top 2010 MLB pitchers when protecting a 1 run lead (sorted by opponent avg).


ALCS Game One Strikezone

Here are the heatmaps for both C.J. Wilson and CC Sabathia from last night's ALCS Game One, separated by balls and called strikes as determined by home plate umpire Gerry Davis.

C.J. Wilson's Called Ball Frequency (36 pitches)CC Sabathia's Called Ball Frequency (42 pitches)C.J. Wilson's Called Strike Frequency (46 pitches)CC Sabathia's Called Strike Frequency (37 pitches)

Early in the game, it seemed as though Sabathia was not getting the paint on the outside corner to righty batters.  However, it looks like Gerry Davis wasn’t calling pitches on the upper left side of the zone much for either pitcher.  It just seemed to harm CC more since he kept trying to hit that spot early on.

However, when comparing Wilson’s called strikes to Sabathia’s called balls, it appears Wilson was getting that lower right portion of the zone more.  In fact, CC seemed to miss out on a few calls that were probably within that lower right portion of the strikezone.

Combining the called strike and ball data gives us the called strike rates for both pitchers:

C.J. Wilson's Called Strike RateCC Sabathia's Called Strike Rate


C.J. Wilson Prepares for Patient Yankees

The First Pitch Strike:
In 2010 C.J. Wilson had a first pitch called strike rate of 45.6%. That puts him in the 67th percentile amongst all MLB pitchers. The league average is 42.3%.

Against the Yankees in 2010 C.J. Wilson had a 51.5% called strike rate. That puts him in the 75th percentile for MLB pitchers facing the Yankees. To be successful against a patient team like the Yankees look to see Wilson focus on getting ahead in the count during Game 1 of the ALCS.  

Second Time Around:
The 2010 Yankees hit Wilson very well the second time through the order. Here is an inning by inning snapshot of the Yankees performance against C.J. Wilson during the 2010 season:

Inning: Plate Appearances / AVG. / SLG%

1st: 8 / .143 / .143
2nd: 9 / .143 / .143
3rd: 12 / .455 / .545
4th: 5 / .200 / .200
5th: 5 / .500 / .750
6th: 3 / .500 / 1.000
7th: no plate appearances
8th: no plate appearances
9th: no plate appearances

Yankeess vs. C.J. Wilson Following the 2nd Inning:
PA: 25
AVG: .409
SLG: .545
WOBA: .470

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