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C.J. Wilson's Stats Say He's True Ace

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    C.J. Wilson was not pleased after his victory Sunday over Kansas City, which improved his season record to 3-0.

    He gave up four runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out a season-high 10 batters in seven innings. And he wasn't happy.

    But his Texas Rangers teammates sure were because guess what, C.J.? A win is a win is a win.

    Wilson, even on days that he might consider his best, still leads his team to victory.

    Since Wilson became a starter prior to Opening Day of last season, the Rangers are 28-10 when Wilson takes the hill. That's not Wilson's record over that time, but it is the Rangers' record when Wilson starts and includes Wilson's no-decisions.

    Over that stretch of time, that is the best record for a team when a specific starter starts the game.

    Isn't that the best definition of an ace? Someone who takes the mound and automatically gives his team a great chance at winning a game? Sounds right to me.

    Wilson had a 3.35 ERA last year but led the AL with 93 walks. This year, Wilson is sporting a 3.51 ERA but has seemed to get his control issues resolved with just nine walks in five starts to go with 31 strikeouts.

    The Rangers obviously miss Cliff Lee, but the need for an ace appears to have gone away because they already had another one in waiting.