After battling a mysterious "fatigue" problem through the first three starts of the season for Texas Rangers ace C.J. Wilson, and putting up average numbers by Wilson's standards, the lefty was on his game on Monday, leading the Rangers to a 7-1 rout over the division rival Angels.
Wilson was dominant through seven innings. He allowed just one run and struck out nine with the only blemish on his line being the nine hits he scattered throughout the outing.
He had his fastball working, as Rangers broadcaster Tom Grieve repeatedly said his fastball had a "few more miles per hour" on it than at any other point on the young season.
Wilson's fatigue issue was self-diagnosed, and apparently he's found a home remedy because it looks to be gone now. He threw 116 pitches.
The best thing about the start for Wilson was the one walk he allowed. That makes eight walks through four starts for Wilson, who led the AL in walks last season with 93 compared to 170 strikeouts, which is not even a 2:1 K:BB ratio. This season, it's almost a 3:1 ratio so far for Wilson, which is a huge step in the right direction and something Wilson claimed to work on a lot in the off-season.
If there's one thing we know about the quirky hurler, it's that he has an insane work ethic and when he sets his mind to something, it's almost always getting done.
If Wilson has indeed figured out his fatigue problem, and his walk problem, we have a bona fide ace on our hands.