ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: Starting pitcher C.J. Wilson #36 of the Texas Rangers pitches in Game One of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on October 19, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
C.J. Wilson hasn't had a good postseason, at all.
Coming off his stellar 2011 season in which he threw nearly 230 innings with a 2.94 ERA, 206 strikeouts and a 16-7 record as the Rangers' No. 1 pitcher, he's arguably been the postseason's most disappointing Rangers player.
But tonight when he toes the rubber in Game 5, the final game at Rangers Ballpark this season and maybe Wilson's last game as a Ranger (he's a free agent this off-season), he will have a chance to make Rangers fans forget about his 2011 postseason.
Wilson is 0-3 this postseason with a 7.17 ERA, 21 strikeouts and 14 walks while giving up an incredible six home runs in just 21 innings after allowing 16 over the entire regular season.
Those are hardly numbers becoming of a No. 1 starter, much less an ace that's going to command $100 million in free agency.
But tonight, he has a chance to erase it all in what will be the biggest start of Wilson's career as he tries to give the Rangers a 3-2 series lead before they head back to St. Louis.
And he'll have to do it against the Cardinals' ace, Chris Carpenter, who outpitched Wilson in Game 1 on a night that Wilson didn't pitch horribly, but also didn't get the job done.